Sunday, December 27, 2015

You May Know The Tree, By It's Fruit

How do I know?


This is a question that comes up every now and then. It comes in many forms, but in essence, it is the same question. How do I know?

How do I know I'm in the right Church?
How do I know that the Child of God talking to me, IS a Child of God?
How do I know I AM a Child of God?

The Answer is the same to all versions of this question. It is an answer that Jesus Himself gave us. It is a pretty simple one, and one easy to understand.
"You will know them by their fruits."
Pretty easy concept, is it not. He was talking about False Prophets. He was talking about false Religions. He even told us that these fakers would rise. He said this.
"Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheeps clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes 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}
If you want an Apple, do you go to an Orange Tree? If you want an Orange, do you go to a Mango Tree? There are many plants out there that produce poisonous fruit. Don't ever eat Horse nettle Tomatoes, Or Holly Berries. It will not turn out good. Why did Jesus tell us this?
"For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect." {Matthew 24:24}
What Jesus is talking about here is Religion and Religious Leaders. Remember this exchange between Jesus and the Religious Leaders of His day?
"Then came together unto him the Pharisees, and certain of the scribes, which came from Jerusalem. And when they saw some of his disciples eat bread with defiled, that is to say, with unwashen, hands, they found fault.

For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, except they wash their hands oft, eat not, holding the tradition of the elders. And when they come from the market, except they wash, they eat not. And many other things there be, which they have received to hold, as the washing of cups, and pots, brasen vessels, and of tables. Then the Pharisees and scribes asked him, Why walk not thy disciples according to the tradition of the elders, but eat bread with unwashen hands?

He answered and said unto them, Well hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me. Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do. And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition."
{Mark 7:1-9}
How do I know I'm in the right Church?

First, how did you find that Church? Were you invited by a friend of family member? Did you just decide to walk in? Was there a draw to it. A nudge, or pull of the Spirit? Second, Pray about it. Ask God if this is the Church you should be a part of? Third, and the most obvious, what does the Church DO? Is it merely a place to go to "Hear the Word?" Or is it a Church that actually DOES something. Are they feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, setting captives free? What fruit do they produce?

You see, just like the Natural World, there is fruit in the Spirit Realm. There are good fruit and bad fruit. Fruit that can nourish and assist in life giving benefits, and poisonous fruit that can, and will, lead to death.
"Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God."
Now we could do a Seventeen Part Series just on the Works or, fruit, of the flesh. For today, I'm sure you can understand why any of these will cause destruction and death in your life. However, there are good fruit..
"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law." {Galatians 5:19-23}
How do I know if the Child of God I'm talking to, is actually a Child of God? What are they producing? What do they say, vs, what do they do? Jesus told us that we may eat whatever we want. We can even eat with unwashed hands. This may make us sick, but it does not defile us. Jesus put it this way..
"There is nothing from without a man, that entering into him can defile him: but the things which come out of him, those are they that defile the man. If any man have ears to hear, let him hear
And when he was entered into the house from the people, his disciples asked him concerning the parable. And he saith unto them, Are ye so without understanding also? Do ye not perceive, that whatsoever thing from without entereth into the man, it cannot defile him; Because it entereth not into his heart, but into the belly, and goeth out into the draught, purging all meats?
And he said, That which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man. For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: All these evil things come from within, and defile the man." {Mark 7:15-23}
So what is Jesus telling us. He tells us that the bad fruit, the works of the flesh, come from the Heart of a Man. They are as natural to Mankind as Holly Berries are to the Holly Plant. God recognized this before and following the Flood when He made this statement..
"And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart." {Genesis 6:5-6}
Then after...
"And the Lord smelled a sweet savour; and the Lord said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man's sake; for the imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done." {Genesis 8:21}
So evil is our way. The flesh produces Sin. Without a full conversion, a renewing of the Heart and Mind, Mankind will never produce anything else. It is only by the Blood of The Christ, through accepting the Spirit of Adoption that can only come through accepting Jesus's sacrifice for us, that we can even hope to produce the Fruit of the Spirit.

Remember, the Devil knows God. He knows Jesus. He can quote the Bible Chapter and Verse. He was there when it was written. Does this mean He produces good fruit? Does this mean he is Saved? Does this mean He does good works? Of course not. Therefore,
"Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world." {1 John 4:1}
How do I know if I am a Child of God? First, Do you know Jesus as your Savior? Have you been adopted into the Family of God? If not, say this Prayer. Right now. Wherever you may be. Say it in your own words, and do not doubt in your heart. God will hear you. He will send the Spirit of Life to you. Let us Pray..

"Oh heavenly Father, Lord God. I am a sinner. I know this. I know there is nothing I can do to change that. But I know you can. I accept Jesus's sacrifice for me. I repent my sins. Please send the Spirit of Adoption into my life. Help me to get to know the real you. Save me. Please. In the name of Jesus, Amen!"

That's it. It really is that simple. Now go tell someone what you have just done. "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved." {Romans 10:9} You need to find a Church that God leads you to, and be Baptized the way Jesus said to be. You are now a Child of God. A new Creature. You "have put off the old man with his deeds, and have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him." {Colossians 3:10}

Now what are you, or what are you going to produce. See, being a Child of God is NOT a Day a Week, and hour to two hours, if you feel like going. It is NOT, singing Hymns, praising God, and going Home. It is NOT Claiming Jesus, that makes you a Child of God. It is you LIVING for Him. It is a 24-7 relationship with God. It is producing good fruit. It is Sowing the Seed, Telling the Truth, and showing the way.

What kind of Tree are you? Check your Fruit..

If you want to contact me, or comment, question, give testimonials, or just say "Hi," the Email is opntalk@gmail.com

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen. {2 Corinthians 13}

Until next time, be Blessed, be a Blessing, and Jesus IS Lord..

Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas To You and Yours



Matthew 1:18-25
Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. 

Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily. 

But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins.

Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying,

Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.

Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife: And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name Jesus.
Luke 2:1-14
And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed. (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.

And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
May you all have a very Merry Christmas, and always remember, there is nothing wrong with lights on the Tree, nor Presents under it, as long as you never forget, the reason for the season is the Gift God gave to all mankind. Merry Christmas and a very Happy and Healthy New Year. Be Blessed, be a Blessing, and Jesus IS Lord.

Peter

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Love Not The World

Nor the things in it.


Is it normal? Human Nature? To LOVE the World. To LOVE the things in it? To dream of having more and more of it? Money, Things, Lusts, Living Life "To the fullest." "Hey, you only got one life. Live it up." Right?

Well, Yes. Yes it is Human Nature. Yes it is normal. We are born into and of the World. Of course we want it all. However, if you are now a Child of God, you are no longer OF the World, but merely in it. Remember the Tenth Commandment?
"Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's." {Exodus 20:17}
Ahab coveted Naboth's field, which lead to bearing false witness, which lead to the Murder of Naboth. David coveted Bathsheba, which lead to Uriah being killed for the Sin of David. It also cost David the life of his Son. You see, when you start coveting something, it then leads to other Sins. Thoughts, Deeds, Death.

Jesus warned us of this as well..
"Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth." {Luke 12:15}
And plainly,
"No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon." {Matthew 6:24}
This is why John warns us....
"Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.  For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever." {1 John 2:15–17}
He was most likely touching on the Parable of the Rich Man who was building Barns to keep all his stuff. Jesus told us this is a world concept, but one that makes no real sense at all. Remember, Jesus told us this..
"The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully: And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits? And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry.

But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?"
{Luke 12:16-20}
You know that old saying? "You can't take it with ya." So "He who dies with the most toys wins?" Uh, no. When he dies, his toys become someone else's. Jesus tells us that instead of Coveting what is in the World, we should be storing up "a treasure in the heavens that faileth not, where no thief approacheth, neither moth corrupteth."

You see, the World is carnal. We are in the Flesh so that we can operate, live, in this carnal World. However, we are no longer bound to this World. As a Child of God, we have been lifted above the World. We are Strangers in a Strange Land. We are Princes and Princesses of Heaven. We are Children of God.

We no longer have to walk according to, or in, the flesh. We have a better way..
 "For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be."
SO?
"So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God." {Romans 8:5-8}
We need not Covet. ALL things are God's. We are the Children of God. We are heirs of EVERYTHING. We shall inherent ALL things. And greater things we cannot even comprehend. There is nothing in this World that is worthy to be compared to this fact. Jesus asked us this question. Think about it for a second..
"For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?" {Mark 8:36}
Our time on this Earth is like a Vapor. A blink of an eye. We are here, then gone. But we ARE Eternal Beings. We will live forever. Do you want stuff that will pass away with the Earth? Or do you want Eternal stuff. Do you want the stuff that is here today, and gone tomorrow? Or do you want the stuff that is ALWAYS there waiting for you. Trust me, when your time comes, when you go to stand before God, the last thing on your mind is NOT going to be your big screen TV.

It is true. I have seen it, heard it, first hand. You have heard of it as well. What happens at the end of this life? More times then not, the regrets that most people espouse is that they didn't love more. Have more time with Children or Family. That they did not give back more. That they were not happy. Even if they were Billionaires, many die heart broken.

Why? Because this is when they finally realize, they can't take it with them. They realize, now too late, all that stuff is meaningless. They realize that they missed out on what matters the most. Love. True love. See, the World will move on. Their stuff will belong to someone else. What do they really have, now at the end?

Now that we are in the Holiday Season, now is a great time to take this advice to heart Child of God..
"If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory." {Colossians 3:1-4}
Sounds better than that new Blender, does it not? Better than that new Big Screen TV. Does it not? Better than that must have Gift this year. Does it not?

Oh, speaking of that. Parents? Think about this also. You go through all you do. You save. You work extra hours. You lose sleep. You go out on the busiest Shopping day of the year...You know I did that once. I did. I went out on Black Friday. It was not pretty. People were running over each other, pushing and shoving. I even saw an actual fight over some "Thing." Not pretty. But you go through all this for your Children.

Well? What extreme lengths do you go to, to ensure that your Kids get the GREATEST GIFT Of all? The Gift of Salvation. The Gift of Jesus. The Love of God? The Gift that will never run out of Batteries, break, rust, where out, get stolen, or even be out grown? Think about that honestly..
"Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen." {1 John 5:21}
What about you? Do you know Jesus as your Savior? Have you been adopted into the Family of God? If not, say this Prayer. Right now. Wherever you may be. Say it in your own words, and do not doubt in your heart. God will hear you. He will send the Spirit of Life to you. Let us Pray..

"Oh heavenly Father, Lord God. I am a sinner. I know this. I know there is nothing I can do to change that. But I know you can. I accept Jesus's sacrifice for me. I repent my sins. Please send the Spirit of Adoption into my life. Help me to get to know the real you. Save me. Please. In the name of Jesus, Amen!"

That's it. It really is that simple. Now go tell someone what you have just done. "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved." {Romans 10:9} You need to find a Church that God leads you to, and be Baptized the way Jesus said to be. You are now a Child of God. A new Creature. You "have put off the old man with his deeds, and have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him." {Colossians 3:10}

If you want to tell me, or comment, question, give testimonials, or just say "Hi," the Email is opntalk@gmail.com

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen. {2 Corinthians 13}

Until next time, be Blessed, be a Blessing, and Jesus IS Lord..

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Psalm 150



1 Praise ye the Lord. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power.

2 Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness.

3 Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp.

4 Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs.

5 Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding cymbals.

6 Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

The Commercialization Of The Holidays?

Or Something Sinister? 


Happy Halloween, wait, Merry Christmas??

Don't you hate it? I know I do. You just figure out what your little kiddie wants to be for Halloween, and as you are buying you goodies for those that may knock on your door, you see out of the corner of your eye, Christmas displays being put together.

Oh yeah, tis the Season. Going to the store to get the Bird, and listen to Jingle Bells playing on the Muzak System. Whatever happened to Thanksgiving? This year, more and more Stores have opened on Thanksgiving for their special Black Friday deals.This means more and more people were FORCED to work on Thanksgiving and not spend time with their Families.

The thing that is even more sad, is this. What is Halloween? What is Thanksgiving all about? What is the meaning of Christmas? What about Easter? Forget the other "Jewish" Holidays. Unless you are a practicing Jew, you most likely have no idea what the Passover, Rosh Hashanah, or Yom Kippur even are, or when they are.

So why is this? Why is it Thanksgiving is a lost Holiday? Why is it that most people cannot even tell you the true meaning of the Holidays. Halloween is dressing up and getting candy from strangers. Christmas is about a Fat Guy in a Red Suit, and about getting stuff. Easter has colored eggs, more candy, and a Bunny hoping down the Bunny Trail.

BILLIONS are made on the Holidays. BILLIONS of Dollars. Halloween over $6.0 billion, Father's Day $10.2 billion , Easter $14.02 billion, Mother's Day $14.88 billion, Valentines Day $17.60 billion, Thanksgiving $30.5 billion, Christmas $135.16 billion.

In all this spending, and all this receiving, there is no wonder why the Holidays are so important to business. But wait? If Thanksgiving is the number two Holiday in Billions spent, then why is it NOT the number two Holiday marketed in all the Stores?

See, if you are like me, you would have thought, OK, All that Candy, Costumes, Decorations, I get Halloween. Easter? Again, all that Candy, Decorations, ETC. Christmas? Well, that pretty much goes without saying. I mean seriously? All the Food, Decorations, and all those Gifts. What do we have to do for Thanksgiving? Buy a Turkey? So it is all about Marketing and Profit Margins. But that's NOT it.

No, it is even more Sinister than that. Did you know God is in all the Holidays? Or at least He should be? Did you know He was? Let's look at the Holidays.

Halloween?
"Regard not them that have familiar spirits, neither seek after wizards, to be defiled by them: I am the LORD your God." {Leviticus 19:31}
Also warning us, God says this..
"As for the person who turns to mediums and to spiritists, to play the harlot after them, I will also set My face against that person and will cut him off from among his people." {Leviticus 20:6}
What is Halloween all about? Dressing up, and worse, dressing up our Kids, as Ghosts and Gobblings, Evil Spirits and Zombies, and then we send them out into the darkness to be scared and knock on Stranger's Doors, begging them for Candy?

King Manasseh did all kinds of evil. One of which was this..
"He made his son pass through the fire, practiced witchcraft and used divination, and dealt with mediums and spiritists. He did much evil in the sight of the LORD provoking Him to anger." {2 Kings 21:6}
Halloween is all about Darkness and Evil. It is a celebration of such. As a Child of God, you are suppose to be fighting against such things, not celebrating them.
"For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places." {Ephesians 6:12}
So why is it so popular? It goes against God.

What about Mother's and Father's Day? How is God in these? Well, what are these all about? Yup. Honoring your Mother and Father. Right?
"Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee." {Exodus 20:12}
So it doesn't matter what you do the rest of the year, as long as on this day, you better get your Mom some Candy and Flowers, and your Dad, uh, Socks. Right? All is OK. All you have to do is Honor them this day and all is well? Wait..
"For God commanded, saying, Honour thy father and mother: and, He that curseth father or mother, let him die the death. But ye say, Whosoever shall say to his father or his mother, It is a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me; And honour not his father or his mother, he shall be free. Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition." {Matthew 15:4-6}
Valentine's Day? The day we should be Honoring those we love. Right? Honor and Love our Wives and Husbands?
"Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;" {Ephesians 5:25}
And
"Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband." {Ephesians 5:33}
Yet, Valentine's Day has turned into giving of gifts, Flowers, Candies, ETC. To those we lust after, as well as those we actually Love. Marriage is irrelevant. Even our Children give Cards and Candies out in our Schools. It is all about that fat little Cherubim shooting arrows into those who fall in Love.

Now let's talk about one that you may not even think has anything to do with God. July 4th. Yup. Independence Day. Don't worry, we will get to the two most obvious in a second. But what does God have to do with Independence Day?

Did you know that there are five references to God in the Declaration of Independence? This Country was founded on Judaeo / Christian beliefs. You can find God, and Biblical quotes in all the Founding Documents. The Anti-Federalist Papers, The Articles of Association of 1774, The Articles of Confederation, The Constitution of the United States, The Declaration of Independence, Original Draft of the Declaration of Independence – Thomas Jefferson, The Federalist Papers by Hamilton, Madison and Jay, The Kentucky Resolutions of 1798, The Treaty of Paris of 1783. It is clear, that not only in these all but forgotten Founding Documents, but also in Private Communications between the Founding Fathers, that this IS a Christian Nation. Even our Laws are based on the Ten Commandments.

The whole reason this country even exists is for Freedom to worship God anytime and anywhere we chose. There is no Wall of Separation. There is no "unless someone become offended." We should be celebrating this RIGHT to Worship God and Jesus as Lord of all, every July 4th. Not eating Hot Dogs and drinking beer, while we blow stuff up. But the TRUE Freedom we all have as Americans, and the fact that God made this country the Greatest Country on the Planet because of it.

Now for the most obvious examples. The two Holidays that have nothing to do, with anything but, Jesus Himself. Easter is all about His ultimate gift to us. His laying down His life for us. Yet rather His Resurrection from the Grave.
"The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulchre, and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulchre. Then she runneth, and cometh to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and saith unto them, They have taken away the Lord out of the sepulchre, and we know not where they have laid him. Peter therefore went forth, and that other disciple, and came to the sepulchre. So they ran both together: and the other disciple did outrun Peter, and came first to the sepulchre. And he stooping down, and looking in, saw the linen clothes lying; yet went he not in. Then cometh Simon Peter following him, and went into the sepulchre, and seeth the linen clothes lie," {John20:1-6}
You know the rest of the story. Jesus was risen from the Grave and appeared onto the Disciples. However, although there is a Peter in the current Easter Story, it is not the same Peter. No, our new Peter has a fluffy white tail. He is a giant Bunny, hopping down the Bunny Trail, bring colored eggs and Chocolate to all the kiddies.

But this is not the true meaning of Easter. It is all about Jesus. The greatest gift you will ever receive. The gift of forgiveness and Salvation. The gift of eternal life. He did all these things, and suffered all things, so that you can enter into Heaven. So that you will not die, but have everlasting life. He paid the ultimate price so you do not have to. The greatest and final sacrifice, ever.

Yet? We turned Him into a Bunny. Just like the next and most obvious example, Christmas, Easter has another more sinister component to it..

Ah, Christmas. Tis the season. The Birth of our Lord and Savor. Is it not? Jingle Bells, White Christmas, Rudolf. Don't forget Frosty. "Daddy? Daddy? Dad? Daddy? Mommy? Mom? Mommy? Can I have this {This year's must have} for Christmas? I really want it. I need it. All my friends have it. Please? Please? Pretty please? I love you. Can I? Can I? Mommy? Daddy? PLEASE?!?!?"

So what do you do? You save up some money. You go out on Black Friday and stand in line at 3 am. You fight the crowds. You go through all this and turn the corner. Then there is this Ahhh Moment. There it is. Glowing brighter than anything. The gift. The thing your child wants more than anything in the world. The gift that will change their lives. The gift that will make you the Hero. It is done.

We tell our kids that if they are really good, Santa, that big fat guy in a red suit, who fly around in a sled pulled by flying Reindeer, will come into their home while they sleep, and leave presents under the tree. You put out cookies and milk. You may even go outside and leave tracks in the snow, and sled marks. You lose sleep bring in the Gifts from their hiding spots when the kiddies go to sleep.

Now think about this. You LIE to your Children. You LIE to them during their most formidable years. About 90 percent of a Child's Brain develops in the time from birth to age 5. According to studies, 85 percent of a Child's Intellect, Personality, and even Social Skills, are developed by that age. What are you doing? LYING to them.

You tell them that a big fat guy in a red suit, who watches them all year, writes down all the good and bad they do. Then, one day a year, if they are good, he goes all around the world and delivers their heart's desire. That he and a bunch of magic Elves make all the toys they could ever dream up. You tell them this every year. They have evidence that this is all real. The bitten Cookie. The drank Milk. The fact every store they go into Santa is right there. He is even on the Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Then, for some that want their kids to learn the true meaning of Christmas, they take them to Church one or two days a year. The Pastor or Preacher, tells them about Jesus. Now think about this. From a a Child's mind. They know their name. They know 2+2=4. They know their colors, numbers, they know things that Mommy and Daddy tell them is absolute truth. They also "know" Santa, the Easter Bunny, and even the Tooth Fairy are real. So they hear about a guy, who came to earth 2000 years ago and did things they can not comprehend yet, and think, that's nice. But I really hope Santa brings me that new thing.

To my surprise, it really is not the Commercialization of the Holidays that is to blame for Thanksgiving being all but forgotten. Since Thanksgiving is the second most profitable Holiday, it does not make since. So what is the reason?

They have not found a way to corrupt it. Think about that. Christmas, Santa. Easter, the Bunny. Thanksgiving? Who are we giving thanks to? God. Who can replace God? No one. We come together with family and friends, break bread, and give thanks to?? God. No Turkey in a red suit. No Turkey hoping down the Turkey Trail. No Turkey shooting arrows. There is no reason to Honor a Turkey. So how do you corrupt a Holiday that has nothing to do with nothing BUT Giving Thanks? Try to get as many people as possible to simply stop participating. Just go from the Darkness Holiday, directly to the fat guy in the red suit.

There really is a far more sinister reason the Holidays are the way they are. All though all that money DOES Play a part, that is not the reason. No Children of God, it is the removing of God from everything. Everything from the Holidays to Daily Life. Once they find a way to corrupt Thanksgiving, they will do that too.

Never forget Child of God, try as hard as they may, they really cannot remove God. For God is in everything. Yes, that includes the Holidays. Make sure that you remember that. Look at the Holidays in a God perspective, and you will find the true meaning..

Do you know Jesus as your Savior? Have you been adopted into the Family of God? If not, say this Prayer. Right now. Wherever you may be. Say it in your own words, and do not doubt in your heart. God will hear you. He will send the Spirit of Life to you. Let us Pray..

"Oh heavenly Father, Lord God. I am a sinner. I know this. I know there is nothing I can do to change that. But I know you can. I accept Jesus's sacrifice for me. I repent my sins. Please send the Spirit of Adoption into my life. Help me to get to know the real you. Save me. Please. In the name of Jesus, Amen!"

That's it. It really is that simple. Now go tell someone what you have just done. "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved." {Romans 10:9} You need to find a Church that God leads you to, and be Baptized the way Jesus said to be. You are now a Child of God. A new Creature. You "have put off the old man with his deeds, and have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him." {Colossians 3:10}

If you want to tell me, or comment, question, give testimonials, or just say "Hi," the Email is opntalk@gmail.com

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen. {2 Corinthians 13}

Until next time, be Blessed, be a Blessing, and Jesus IS Lord..

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

HAPPY THANKSGIVING

HAPPY THANKSGIVING


Things I am Thankful for..
I thank God for creating me. I thank Him for Life itself. 
I thank God for Blessing me with eternal Life. 
I thank Jesus for coming to die for me. 
I thank God for Blessing me with ability to serve Him.
I thank God for Blessing me with a Wife who loves and cares for me.
I thank God for Blessing me with three Beautiful Children.
I thank God for His Promise that all my needs shall be met.
I thank God for the roof over my head. 
I thank God for my Job.
I thank God for you. My friends and family. 

In this time we live, where we spend so much time, seeking what we can get, want, and desire, don't forget to take a moment, and thank God for what you have. All the Praise and Glory to God in the Highest. May "The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen."

Peter

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Pride Of The Chosen. Serve

To serve or be served? That is the question.


We have discussed Being Chosen by God. When God chooses you, he lifts you out of the world. He justifies you. He equips you with the Anointing and Power. He changes you into a new creature. You become a Child of God. Now wait. Do you know what this actually means?

Being a Child of God means we are "then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ." We are now Royalty. We are Princes and Princesses of Heaven. The Creator of all, The God of Gods, The Great "I Am," is now our Daddy. We are so high above the World now, we can barely see it. All those that are out there, that know not God, or, refuse to accept Christ, are nothing more than a bunch of Ants running around doing their Ant stuff. Remember what Jesus said to the one that wanted to go bury his Father?
"Let the dead bury their dead: but go thou and preach the kingdom of God." {Luke 9:60}
We are so far above all this, it is not even fair. Now that is something to be Proud of. But be careful. Do not become Prideful.

We talked about if we are Obedient, God will Bless us in all things and in all ways.
"And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose."{Romans 8:28}
Now that is something to be Proud of. But be careful. Do not become Prideful.

So we are so far above everyone else, Chosen, Blessed above all others, equipped, Anointed, filled with power, and God is our Daddy. We should be Kings on this Earth. These Ants should be serving us. We are so much greater than them. Right? Wrong..
"But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them. But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many." {Matthew 20:25-28}
Remember, when Jesus came to John to be Baptized, John said NO WAY!!!
"But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me? And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him." {Matthew 3:14-17}
Then when Jesus came to Peter to wash his feet, Peter Said NO WAY!!!!
"He riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself. After that he poureth water into a bason, and began to wash the disciples' feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded.

Then cometh he to Simon Peter: and Peter saith unto him, Lord, dost thou wash my feet? Jesus answered and said unto him, What I do thou knowest not now; but thou shalt know hereafter.

Peter saith unto him, Thou shalt never wash my feet. Jesus answered him, If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me. Simon Peter saith unto him, Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head."
{John 13:4-9}
See, in the World, those with Power and Authority, sit in Positions, to allow others to serve them. Jesus even acknowledges this. However, Jesus IS our example of how we should live our lives..
"For whether is greater, he that sitteth at meat, or he that serveth? is not he that sitteth at meat? but I am among you as he that serveth." {Luke 22:27}
Think about this. Here is Jesus, the King of kings, and the Lord of Lords, The Word of God that became flesh and dwelt among us {John 1:14}, who at anytime could have called upon "more than twelve legions of angels" {Matthew 26:53} to wipe us all out, and save Himself from the torture and death that awaited Him. Yet He CHOSE to willing walk to it all, and lay down His life for us all.

Why? Because we earned it? Because we worked so hard? Because we were worthy? Nope. He did so while we were yet Sinners.
"But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." {Romans 5:8}
Jesus is the ultimate example. He did not just tell us to serve others. He demonstrated it. He served us so we would serve others. After washing His Disciples feet, He told us this..
"When he had washed their feet and put on his outer garments and resumed his place, he said to them, “Do you understand what I have done to you? You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet" {John 13:12-14}
Do you think that God gave you those gifts He gave you for your benefit? NO! He gave them to you to sever others..
"As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen." {1 Peter 4:10-11}
We were Chosen. We received Gifts, Anointing, Power. We have become Children of God. We are ABOVE all others in this World. We ARE Free. However, even in this Freedom, we should use it to serve..
"For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”" {Galatians 5:13-14}
When you realize, who you are, and the Gifts you have, it is easy to become Prideful. When you read The Word, and become filled with the Wisdom of God, which makes the wisdom of the World foolishness, it is easy to become Prideful. When man-made Traditions, called Religion, seek to place you in a position of Authority, it is easy to become Prideful. But be careful not to forget, Jesus Himself came here to serve us. What are you doing?

Are you attempting to lord over others, or are you attempting to be a teller of Truth, Sower of the Seed, a Shower of the Way? Are you serving others, or attempting to be "in charge." Are you telling people about God, or do you think you ARE God. Be very careful Child of God. Become great, in the Kingdom, by serving others. Never forget what it is all about.

Do you know Jesus as your Savior? Have you been adopted into the Family of God? If not, say this Prayer. Right now. Wherever you may be. Say it in your own words, and do not doubt in your heart. God will hear you. He will send the Spirit of Life to you. Let us Pray..

"Oh heavenly Father, Lord God. I am a sinner. I know this. I know there is nothing I can do to change that. But I know you can. I accept Jesus's sacrifice for me. I repent my sins. Please send the Spirit of Adoption into my life. Help me to get to know the real you. Save me. Please. In the name of Jesus, Amen!"

That's it. It really is that simple. Now go tell someone what you have just done. "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved." {Romans 10:9} You need to find a Church that God leads you to, and be Baptized the way Jesus said to be. You are now a Child of God. A new Creature. You "have put off the old man with his deeds, and have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him." {Colossians 3:10}

If you want to tell me, or comment, question, give testimonials, or just say "Hi," the Email is opntalk@gmail.com

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen. {2 Corinthians 13}

Until next time, be Blessed, be a Blessing, and Jesus IS Lord..

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Psalm 16


1 Preserve me, O God: for in thee do I put my trust.

2 O my soul, thou hast said unto the Lord, Thou art my Lord: my goodness extendeth not to thee;

3 But to the saints that are in the earth, and to the excellent, in whom is all my delight.

4 Their sorrows shall be multiplied that hasten after another god: their drink offerings of blood will I not offer, nor take up their names into my lips.

5 The Lord is the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup: thou maintainest my lot.

6 The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly heritage.

7 I will bless the Lord, who hath given me counsel: my reins also instruct me in the night seasons.

8 I have set the Lord always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.

9 Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope.

10 For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.

11 Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Pride of the Chosen Obedience

Where is my Power and Authority over Sin and Adversity?


The Word declares that I am special. That I am unique. That I have come out from the World. That I am a Child of God. The Word declares that....
"And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose."{Romans 8:28}
The Word tells us that we are filled with the Spirit of God and that NOTHING can harm us. The Word tells us how the Disciples had all this power over evil spirits and was able to do all these things. Where is MY power? I read things like this...
"Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened." {Matthew 7: 7-8}
And again,
"And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it." {John 14:13-14}
However, I'm still hurting. I asked for a new car, for mine was running rough. It died. I asked for a raise or promotion on my Job because my pay is not paying the bills. I get laid off. I asked for a million dollars so I no longer have to suffer, yet I'm worse off than I was before. I Prayed for a sick Relative, they died. I'm starting to think this is all BS. There is no God, and if there is, He sure doesn't love me. Can you explain this?

The question is not, is The Word truthful and correct? The question is, are you being obedient? Notice all those in the Bible you read about. Moses Parting the Sea and all the things he did. David slew Goliath. Chains fell, and cell doors opened, and Paul walked out. There are amazing stories of supernatural and clear interceding of God all throughout the Bible. So why not you?

Notice the one thing they all have in common. Not just these examples, but EVERY time we see this sort of thing, what are they doing? They are serving GOD. Not themselves. Of my Children, one decides to go off on their own. Live their life the way they see fit. My other Son and Daughter stay home with me. Now the one Son who stays home with me helps an old lady cross the street. He says to me, "Daddy. I helped an old lady cross the street. I really liked helping her. I want to do more. However, the traffic is horrendous. Can you please get me one of those bright yellow or orange vests so that they can see me better?" Of course. You will have it today.

My Daughter says "Daddy, I am helping out in a food pantry. However, I noticed that they are a bit short of supplies. I want to have a fundraiser to help raise funds to supply some much needed food and supplies. Can you help?" Of course. We will have a Car Wash, Bake Sale, or something to that effect. I may even help and pitch in with some funds of my own.

Now the Son that left calls on me and says "Daddy, I'm on the street and there is this new drug. Can you send me some money so I can try it?" Or, Daddy, "I'm not going to come home. I'm not going to follow your rules. But I have spent all I have. Can you please send me more money?" My response? My Son, I love you. I'm here. You have been told that if you stay under my authority {My roof} you can have anything you ask. But you chose to go off on your own. You chose to live the way you are living.You walked away. I cannot help you. I will not assist you in destroying yourself.

Come home and I will restore you as my Son with full privileges. "No Father. I'm not my Brother. I do not feel I have to do the things he does or the things you say. I'm my own person and I will make my own choices. I guess you lied. You said you love me. You don't love me. I'm never going to follow what you say." My Son, I am here. You are there. The choice is yours to make.

You see, Moses would most likely never have even gone to the Sea, if he was not leading God's People out of Egypt. David would not have killed Goliath, if he was not in the fight. Paul would not have even been in Prison if he was not serving God. They did these things, and these things happen to them, because they were being obedient to God.

If I tell my Son, go across the Water to the other side and cut our Neighbors grass, for she is elderly, and he says "yes Father, I will go," I will supply the Boat. When he gets there he sees the Grass is three feet high. "Daddy, I got here, but the Grass is too high. I do not know if I can cut it with my little push mower." I say, Do not worry my Son, I have arranged for a Tractor to be there for you to use.

Now would I give my children a Boat, if there was no reason? Would I have arranged a Tractor, if my Son was not in need of it? My Son received these "gifts" because he was in need of them, to complete what I asked him to do. Because he was obedient in doing what I asked him to do.

Remember Romans 8?
"And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose."{Romans 8:28}
Notice that last part. "to them who are the called according to his purpose." To WHO'S purpose? HIS. GOD. Not yours. It does not say "We know that all things work together for good, for ourselves, to do whatsoever we will." It says "to them who are the called according to his purpose."
"And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it." {John 14:13-14}
Why? "that the Father may be glorified in the Son." Would it glorify God for you to hit the Lotto, buys stuff, and sit back in ease on a big pile of money? Would it glorify God for you to live in a big house, and drive a fancy Red Sports Car? Would it glorify God for you to get all you dream of, if all you dream of, have nothing to do with God?

What would happen, if I asked my Son to go and do this and he said no? I would have to send my other Son. Or, I would even send my Daughter. I would bless THEM to do what I asked them to do. Not my Son who disobeyed me. They would receive the blessings.

If God tells you to go from A to C, it does not matter what B may be. It does not matter if B is a mile long and a mile high. I doesn't matter how deadly B may be. B does not matter at all. God tells you to go from A to C, when you get to B, GOD will make the way clear. God will tear B down. God will split B apart. God will cast B into the Sea. You do not have to worry about anything. Just be faithful and continue on.
"Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him." {John 14:23}
If, Then. If, you walk in the Rain, Then, you will get wet. If, you stay inside, Then, you will stay dry. If, you touch the hot stove, Then, you will get burned. If, you do not touch the Hot stove, Then, you will not get burned. If, you call on the name of our Lord, Then, you will be Saved. If, you do not, Then, you are not Saved. If, Then.

God wants you to be humble. Loving. Trusting. Obedient. He wants to be able to say to you, go here and do this. He wants you to love Him with all you Heat, Mind, and Soul. He wants you to have the Faith of a Child, for Him, as that Child has with his earthly Father.

He wants to empower you. He wants to mold you into the person He wants you to be. But you need to forget about YOU and start thinking about Him.
"Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up." {James 4:10}
Remember that Passage we were talking about last time? When the Disciples returned and were rejoicing in and were overjoyed that even evil spirits were subject to them and their authority?
"And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name. And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven. Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven." {Luke 10:17-20}
What was the reason Jesus gave them all this power? Because He sent them out..
"After these things the Lord appointed other seventy also, and sent them two and two before his face into every city and place, whither he himself would come. Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest. Go your ways: behold, I send you forth as lambs among wolves." {Luke 10:1-3}
So they were to go before Jesus, and tell them He was coming. Then Jesus told them this..
"And heal the sick that are therein, and say unto them, The kingdom of God is come nigh unto you." {Luke 10:19}
You see, Jesus called them out for a very specific reason. Go before and tell them Jesus was coming, and to heal the sick. For this reason, Jesus equipped them with what they would need. "Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you." Jesus gave them the Power and Authority they needed for this very specific task. Would they have received this Power and Authority if He had not sent them out? Nope. It was because they were called out to do something, and they were obedient and did it.

When Pride started to creep in and they thought, "Hey, look what we can do." Jesus corrected them quickly.
"Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven."
We can fall into the trap. We have all this Power and Authority. In Religion, we grant people with Power and Authority. But it is not about us. It is never about us. It is always about being obedient to God and His Word. Are you being obedient?

Do you know Jesus as your Savior? Have you been adopted into the Family of God? If not, say this Prayer. Right now. Wherever you may be. Say it in your own words, and do not doubt in your heart. God will hear you. He will send the Spirit of Life to you. Let us Pray..

"Oh heavenly Father, Lord God. I am a sinner. I know this. I know there is nothing I can do to change that. But I know you can. I accept Jesus's sacrifice for me. I repent my sins. Please send the Spirit of Adoption into my life. Help me to get to know the real you. Save me. Please. In the name of Jesus, Amen!"

That's it. It really is that simple. Now go tell someone what you have just done. "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved." {Romans 10:9} You need to find a Church that God leads you to, and be Baptized the way Jesus said to be. You are now a Child of God. A new Creature. You "have put off the old man with his deeds, and have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him." {Colossians 3:10}

If you want to tell me, or comment, question, give testimonials, or just say "Hi," the Email is opntalk@gmail.com

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen. {2 Corinthians 13}

Until next time, be Blessed, be a Blessing, and Jesus IS Lord..

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Happy Veterans Day



To all that have served, to all the Families of those who have served, simply, Thank you. May you have peace in your heart, peace in your mind, and may God be with you always. God Bless you and your's

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Pride Of The Chosen. Being Chosen

Do not fall into this Trap


It is really easy to become Proud. It is really easy to become Prideful. Whenever you become chosen out of the obscurity of mere existence, and become "important," Whenever you receive a Position of Power, or Authority, over others, it is really easy to become Arrogant and Abusive. Ask a Politician. Ask a CEO. Ask a "Superstar" in Sports or Entertainment. "Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men.". {John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton}

Lord Acton, expressed this opinion in a letter to Bishop Mandell Creighton in 1887. Some say he was attempting to quote William Pitt the Elder, Earl of Chatham and British Prime Minister from 1766 to 1778, who said something similar in a speech to the UK House of Lords in 1770, "Unlimited power is apt to corrupt the minds of those who possess it."

Oh it's easy to think about CEOs. It's easy to think about Politicians. The President, Kings, ETC. It's easy to think about the Rich having a "God Complex." Being filled with Pride and Boastful. But what about Children of God? What about God's Chosen people? This is what we will be talking about in this Three Part Series entitled, The Pride of the Chosen..

Today we are going to focus on what this means. What does it mean to be Chosen of God? Chosen BY God Himself. This is an awesome thing. Think about it. In the Span of eternity, in the history of the Earth, of all the Billions of people that have ever lived. People who do this type of Study claim the number is around 108 Billion people. How they know this? I have no idea, but this is a huge number. Out of those 108 Billion, and of all the people that have yet to come, there is only one YOU. There has never been, nor will there ever be, another you.

Why are you the way you are? God made you this way.
"For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother's womb. I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them. How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them!" {Psalm 139:13-17}
That's right, God MADE you the way you are. You are 6 feet tall, 5'7." You are Blonde with Blue Eyes, Brown Hair and Eyes. You are Black, White, Male, Female, whatever you are, you were written in God's Book, and "in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.."

Why? God knows you from the beginning of time. {Ephesians 1:4} He knows who you are before your Mommy and Daddy even meet.
"For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified." {Romans 8:29-30}
So out of all those 108 Billion, or so, people, before they were all born, lived, and died, God knew who you were and what you would do. He CHOSE to create YOU the way you are for a REASON. He foreknew you, and so He set up a Destiny. A purpose and a plan for your life.

Now this is where you come in. After He did all this, after you reach the age of accountability, and or, in His time, God calls you. Now He can call you as a Child, or He can call you as an old person. Age matters not when it comes to God. Look at Elizabeth and Zechariah. Both were well up in age, when God called them to give birth to and raise John the Baptist. The Twelve ranged from 24 to 33.

God can use Children, like the little Child Jesus called to Himself to give a lesson on humility and faith, or an old Man like Noah. It is God's Time and for God's Purpose that He calls you out. But this is where you come in. You can say "Yes" or "No."

If you say "Yes," then God Justifies you. This is a time of Preparation. A time when God equips you with the knowledge, Gifts, and tools, you will need to do whatever God needs you to do. Then comes the ultimate power and glory. He glorifies you.

Now something happens between the Call, and the equipping. We go from Joe Shmoe, to someone filled with the Spirit of God. Exuding Power and Anointing. Remember when the Disciples came back to Jesus all excited they had all this power?
"And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name. And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven. Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven." {Luke 10:17-20}
You see, Peter was a Fisherman. Matthew a Tax Collector and most likely not all that well liked. All the Disciples were normal, average, everyday people. Then all of a sudden, they were chosen by Jesus and giving all this power. They started to become arrogant. They started to become Prideful. Look what we can do.

Jesus had to remind them, that it is NOT because of all the power, nor is it because God chose them out to do these things, but rather that God chose them to be Saved, that they should rejoice and be happy. However, we have evidence that they still didn't get this.
"At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven? And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them, And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven." {Matthew 18:1-4}
You see, we think of being great as one with Power and control. God sees great as one who is obedient, and faithful in all things. He sees great as one, as a child towards their Parent, that question and doubt, NOTHING. They simply love, trust, and believe. They simply ARE Children. Pure and innocent..

We think of Great as Lording over others. That we should sit on a Throne and Rule. Salome, Mother of James and John, came to Jesus and asked Him to allow James to sit on a throne on one side, and John on the other. She wanted them in the Highest Positions in Heaven, after all, John is the "Disciple that Jesus Loved?" So it makes sense that He would want these two to Rule with Him. Right? As you could guess, this did not sit well with the other ten. "And when the ten heard it, they were moved with indignation against the two brethren." However, this is NOT as Jesus tells us, is the pathway to become great.
"But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them. But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many." {Matthew 20:25-28}
We will discuss this concept more in Part Three..The point is, we should rejoice in the Fact, in the mere Fact, that we were Chosen. God chose to call us out of the world and to join us with Jesus Himself. He chose us onto life itself. He chose us to be His own Children.
"And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together."{Romans 8:17}
We should remember where it is we came from. Where it is that we were heading to. We should remember that we are not worthy, nor is there anything we could ever do to become worthy, of being in the position God put us in. Making us equal to Jesus Himself.

We didn't earn it. We didn't impress Him so much He chose to "promote us." We didn't work hard enough. We did NOTHING. It is simply the Love of God that Saved us. His Grace, His Mercy. His love. In this we should not find Pride, but humility. In this we should not become arrogant, but compassionate. Think of all those that will never be where we are. Think of those that think they have it all, and in the end, will lose their very Soul. We would be with them, had it not be for the Love of God. In this rejoice, and be glad..

In Part Two, we will talk about why some seem to have all this Power, while yet others seem not to. Ever wonder why it seems that some people just have it a little easier, or seems like God Blesses them daily, and yet, you seem to have difficulties and struggles, even though you are a Child of God? How can Moses part the Red Sea, and you can not seem to get out of the pits of life? There is an answer.

Have you been called out? Do you feel that pull of the Spirit? That is God leading you to Jesus. That is God Choosing YOU. All you have to do is accept the call. Say "Yes." Get to know the Jesus God is leading you to..

Do you know Jesus as your Savior? Have you been adopted into the Family of God? If not, say this Prayer. Right now. Wherever you may be. Say it in your own words, and do not doubt in your heart. God will hear you. He will send the Spirit of Life to you. Let us Pray..

"Oh heavenly Father, Lord God. I am a sinner. I know this. I know there is nothing I can do to change that. But I know you can. I accept Jesus's sacrifice for me. I repent my sins. Please send the Spirit of Adoption into my life. Help me to get to know the real you. Save me. Please. In the name of Jesus, Amen!"

That's it. It really is that simple. Now go tell someone what you have just done. "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved." {Romans 10:9} You need to find a Church that God leads you to, and be Baptized the way Jesus said to be. You are now a Child of God. A new Creature. You "have put off the old man with his deeds, and have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him." {Colossians 3:10}

If you want to tell me, or comment, question, give testimonials, or just say "Hi," the Email is opntalk@gmail.com

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen. {2 Corinthians 13}

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Psalm 46


1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

2 Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;

3 Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.

4 There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High.

5 God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early.

6 The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved: he uttered his voice, the earth melted.

7 The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.

8 Come, behold the works of the Lord, what desolations he hath made in the earth.

9 He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth; he breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder; he burneth the chariot in the fire.

10 Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.

11 The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Unintentional Sins

Are you guilty even if you do not know?


We all know the big ten. Yup, the Ten Commandments. We all know what they are, and we all try to keep them. We know that God says we are guilty of Sin, if we violate them. They are...

1 Have no other God before God.
2 Do not commit Idolatry.
3 Do not take the name of the Lord in vain.
4 Remember the Sabbath and keep it Holy.
5 Honor your Father and Mother.
6 Do not Murder.
7 Do not commit Adultery.
8 Do not Steal.
9 Do not lie.
10 Do not Covet.

So if we keep these, we are then without Sin? Well???
"If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us." {1 John 1:8-10}
This is talking directly to Children of God. This is not talking about the Lost. It could be as simple as James tells us in this passage..
"Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin." {James 4:17}
What does that mean? Did you forgive someone that hurt you, mistreated you? Did you give that $5.00 in your Pocket to the beggar you just passed? You know that tug you got? Did you ignore it? Did you share the Gospel with someone you know desperately needs it? Did you pay your whole Tithe? Did you put that Pen in your pocket at work and bring it home? Did you share that juicy story you just heard about Jenny and the Boss? Did you observe the last Holy Day the way God tells us we should? We could go on and on.

"But I had no idea that was Sin. How am I supposed to know everything?" Sad and growing truth... "My Church does not teach THAT.." "I can't be held accountable for something I did not even know I was doing wrong."

Well, have you ever been driving down the road to find pretty lights flashing behind you. You pull over and the Police Officer says you were doing 80 in a 65. "I had no idea how fast I was going. I had no idea what the Speed Limit is on this road. I cannot be held accountable for this." The Police Officer will say what? "Ignorance of the Law is no excuse." He will give you a ticket. You will go to Court and plead your case... "I had no idea how fast I was going. I had no idea what the Speed Limit is on this road. I cannot be held accountable for this." The Judge will say.."Ignorance of the Law is no excuse." You will be found guilty..

God will hold you accountable for the Sins you commit. You can plead your case.."I had not idea that was Sin. So I can't be guilty of something I did not know was wrong.." God will say..."Ignorance of the Law is no excuse." If you are guilty, you are guilty. Period.

See, back in Old Testament times, God said this...
"And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, If a soul shall sin through ignorance against any of the commandments of the Lord concerning things which ought not to be done, and shall do against any of them:" {Leviticus 4:1-2}
Even unintentional Sin, Sin we did not even know was Sin, Sin that we commit daily, defiles us. So God tells Moses that we need purification. It goes on to tell us about the process and how the Priest should handle sacrifices for various things This was done every year.

However, NOW we have one High Priest that is above all others. He gave ONE Sacrifice, one FINAL Sacrifice, for us all...
"But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.

For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?"
{Hebrews 9:11-14}
Jesus died for us so that we would not die and be found guilty of our Sins. You see,
"And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.." {Hebrews 9:27-28}
Thankfully we do not have to keep killing Sheep and Goats, Rams and Lambs. Thankfully, we do not have to do these things every year. Jesus came and did it once. He died, laid down His own life as the final and perfect Sacrifice for us all.

God is patient and kind above all, but Sin is Sin, and God judges Sin. God cannot overlook Unintentional Sin. That is why we must accept Jesus's perfect and final Sacrifice for us. This is why we must come to God, and ask for forgiveness.

God created a perfect world in which Mankind could live in peace and happiness all the days of his life. WE messed that up. It wasn't God. It was us. We accepted another way of life. We accepted Sin. So WE separated ourselves from God and the only way to be reconciled to God, is through Jesus..
"Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God." {2 Corinthians 5:20}
Without Jesus, you do not have the Spirit. Without the Spirit, you are walking in the Flesh. When we are walking in the flesh, we are doing the things of the flesh. If then we are doing the things of the flesh, we are Sinning against God.
"For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit." {Romans 8:5}
You cannot know the Mind of God. You cannot know His Will, His Plan, His Way. You cannot even know if what you are doing is Sin.
"Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God." {Romans 8:7-8}
We just got done talking about feeding your Spirit, and needing to fill your Spirit with the Word. However, even doing this daily, will not answer ALL things always. Even the greatest of all the Saints to ever walk the Earth, Sinned.
"For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God" {Romans 3:23}
It is only by the Blood of Christ, and the Grace of God, that we are forgiven. It doesn't matter if you know you have Sinned or can name the Sin. It doesn't matter how "Good" you try to be, or think you are. It doesn't matter who you are, where you are from, what faith you follow. You SIN. You were born into it. You live it. You will died in it. The only way to avoid the punishment we are owed, is by accepting Jesus's sacrifice and asking our Father for forgiveness. We will be accountable for our Sins. Yes, even the unintentional ones..

Do you know Jesus as your Savior? Have you been adopted into the Family of God? If not, say this Prayer. Right now. Wherever you may be. Say it in your own words, and do not doubt in your heart. God will hear you. He will send the Spirit of Life to you. Let us Pray..

"Oh heavenly Father, Lord God. I am a sinner. I know this. I know there is nothing I can do to change that. But I know you can. I accept Jesus's sacrifice for me. I repent my sins. Please send the Spirit of Adoption into my life. Help me to get to know the real you. Save me. Please. In the name of Jesus, Amen!"


That's it. It really is that simple. Now go tell someone what you have just done. "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved." {Romans 10:9} You need to find a Church that God leads you to, and be Baptized the way Jesus said to be. You are now a Child of God. A new Creature. You "have put off the old man with his deeds, and have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him." {Colossians 3:10}

If you want to tell me, or comment, question, give testimonials, or just say "Hi," the Email is opntalk@gmail.com

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen. {2 Corinthians 13}

Until next time, be Blessed, be a Blessing, and Jesus IS Lord..

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Praying For Others

Is Praying for Others Important?



If so, who? Are there people that we should Pray for, and others we should not? We do not know other's Hearts, so are we wasting time? Does it do anyone any good whatsoever, if you, someone they never heard of, say a Prayer for them? Is it not the "Christian Thing" to do, to Pray for Peace in the World and Pray for others?

We read things like this...
"For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God." {Ephesians 3:14-19}
Then we read things like this...
"Who also declared unto us your love in the Spirit. For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness; Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:" {Colossians 1:8-14}
But then, God told Jeremiah
"Therefore pray not thou for this people, neither lift up a cry or prayer for them: for I will not hear them in the time that they cry unto me for their trouble." {Jeremiah 11:14}
When Jesus is Praying, He makes this statement...
"I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine." {John 17:9}
So wait, Should we Pray for others or not? The answer is Yes. However, the real question is WHO? Notice this.. "That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith;" Also this.. "Who also declared unto us your love in the Spirit. For this cause we also, since the day we heard it," And this as well..."I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me" Who should we be Praying for? Our Brothers and Sisters in Christ. Our Family. Other Children of God.

Is it not the "Christian thing to do" to Pray for the World? To Pray for Peace? What about others to find Salvation? The Short answer is, it may be the "Christian thing to do," but it is not Biblical nor is it what God wants us to do.

First the obvious. There will NEVER be World Peace, as long as we are in charge. Why? Because WE are not in charge. There is coming a time..
"And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows." {Matthew 24:6-8}
Jesus goes on in great detail to tell us what is coming. Then He says "Behold, I have told you before." When Predicting His Betrayal, He said this "Now I tell you before it come," Again when telling His Disciples of His death and the coming of the Holy Spirit, "And now I have told you before it come to pass."

The point is, it is coming.It will happen. The end of the World as we know it. Not all will be Saved. Not all will accept the Truth. Jesus told us to Fear Not. These things MUST come to pass. So? Who are we to Pray against God?

What about Praying for the Individual? Notice in the examples given to us in God's Word, those that are Prayed for, are Children of God already. Not the lost or the dead. As a matter of fact, remember what Jesus told someone who asked to have time to go bury his Father before he followed Him? Jesus said
"But Jesus said unto him, Follow me; and let the dead bury their dead." {Matthew 8:22}
Jesus called the Religious folks, the Rulers of the Synagogues, the Priests and Rabbis, the Children of the Devil. Why? Because HE knows the Heart of Man. God knows the Hearts of men are Evil continuously. He knows who to call out of the World and who will never accept Him. We do not. Do not waste your time.

But is it not compassionate to Pray for another to find Salvation? Yes. You can Pray that someone you care about hears the Truth and allows the Truth to set them Free. You can share the Truth with them. And you SHOULD share the Truth with them. But here is the other Truth. You can Pray for Billy Bob, everyday, for ten years. Ten years later, Billy Bob goes to stand before God. What happens next has NOTHING to do with you. Either He accepted the Truth, or he did not. Either he is Saved, or he never believed. It is totally his choice.

I have three kids. Josh, accepted Jesus and has been Baptized. Eli? Maya? I hope so. I will Pray that they do, however, the choice is theirs to make. No matter how much I love them, no matter how much God loves them, THEY have freewill and THEY have to chose to accept the Truth or not..

Pray for the Family. Pray for your Brothers and Sisters in Christ. If you want, Pray for an unlimited number of Salvations a day, for the Praise and Glory be to God. But do not Pray for the World. Do not Pray for the Lost. Tell them the Truth, and allow them to decide. They are the only ones that can. Just like you, it is between them and God..

What is the Truth? Jesus came and died for our Sins. All we have to do is accept this. Allow His Sacrifice be a substitute for you. His Blood for your blood, His death for your death. His Resurrection for your eternal Soul. There is no other way...

Do you know Jesus as your Savior? Have you been adopted into the Family of God? If not, say this Prayer. Right now. Wherever you may be. Say it in your own words, and do not doubt in your heart. God will hear you. He will send the Spirit of Life to you. Let us Pray..

"Oh heavenly Father, Lord God. I am a sinner. I know this. I know there is nothing I can do to change that. But I know you can. I accept Jesus's sacrifice for me. I repent my sins. Please send the Spirit of Adoption into my life. Help me to get to know the real you. Save me. Please. In the name of Jesus, Amen!"

That's it. It really is that simple. Now go tell someone what you have just done. "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved." {Romans 10:9} You need to find a Church that God leads you to, and be Baptized the way Jesus said to be. You are now a Child of God. A new Creature. You "have put off the old man with his deeds, and have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him." {Colossians 3:10}

If you want to tell me, or comment, question, give testimonials, or just say "Hi," the Email is opntalk@gmail.com

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen.
{2 Corinthians 13}

Until next time, be Blessed, be a Blessing, and Jesus IS Lord..