Sunday, March 29, 2015

As Long As You Live Under This Roof, Adoption

You want the same Blessings? Follow the same Rules.

 

Last time we talked about the Blessings, you have, in the Family you are in. We talked about the fact that if you want to receive meet for your needs, Blessings, and Peace and Comfort that only your Father can give you, then you need to be under your Father's roof.

I am always there for my three kids. I am there to meet their needs. I am there to bless them with speciel blessings. I am there to teach them. Protect them when they go to sleep. I am there when they wake up. I am there to love them, comfort them, protect them, celebrate with them. As long as they are there, I can do all these things.

However, if they decide to leave, for whatever reason, I will no longer be there. Not because I leave them. I am still in the same place. I am still blessing the others. I am still doing the things I have always done. It was they, who chose to leave. The good news is, I AM still here. If they decide to come back, I will be there to welcome them back with open arms.

Now lets say all is well, and all is right. Josh, Eli, or Maya, bring a, or many, Friends over for play dates. They see all the blessings my kids have. They see how they live. They feel the love. They sense that this is a good place to be. They ask them, "Why is this?" The kids say, "Because our Daddy loves us." They continue to come over, and they realize that this is the way they have never lived. They have never felt this before. They have never experienced the Love of a Father in this way. They ask again, "Why is this? How is it that you get this stuff? How is it you go to these places? Why is it, you seem to have to fear or worries at all?" The kids answer again, "Our Daddy Loves us."

God is the same way folks. He is there for us when we go to sleep to protect us. He is there when we wake up. He will teach you, comfort you, celebrate with you, meet your needs, and bless you. He will "never leave thee, nor forsake thee." He is always there. If someone asks you, "Why is this? How is this?" your answer can be the same, "Because our Daddy loves us."

Now let's say, my children's friends do not have a Father. They are in a bad place in their lives. I ask them,. "You want to become my child?" They say "Yes!" I say to them, enter in, you are now my Child. If you live here, you will follow my rules, and you will have the same blessings as my other Children."

Adoption. Not being born into the Family, but becoming part of it. Becoming the same as those that were born into it.

{Romans 8:14-17}
"For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.

The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: 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."
Just like my Children's friends, who go through an Adoption Process to make them legally my Children as well, God has an Adoption Process. Without it, you can in no way, nor will you ever, be "Legally" God's Child. You will not be Adopted. You will not be Converted. You will not be, anything more than, perhaps a Foster Child. Getting dibs and dabs of this and that, but never becoming a Child of God Himself.

It is through Jesus, that we can become Children of God.

{Galatians 3:26-29}
"For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise."
We go from Foster Care to actual Children of God, through this Process. Through accepting Jesus..

{Galatians 4:5-7}
"To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ."
Unlike the World's version, God's Adoption Process is pretty simple. Accept that Jesus came to earth, lived, rather died, and raised from the dead, for YOU, then accept that He will send to you that Spirit of Adoption, then you become a Child of God. Accept the calling. God is the one that calls you to be His Child.. He chooses YOU.

{Ephesians 1:4-6}
"According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved."
There is no more being on the outside looking in. There is no more wondering what it would be like to have God as our Daddy. There is no more wanting what "they" have. We become His Children "And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ;" We become the same as Him. Think about that.

The other good news about God's Adoption Process, is that it does not matter who you are. It does not matter what you have done, or where you came from. It does not matter what "Religion" you followed. How much you have or don't have. It does not matter if you are Black or White, Male or Female, Rich or Poor, or anything else. God's Adoption Process is all inclusive..

{John 1:12}
"But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:"
ALL who accept this, become the Family of God.

{Ephesians 2:19}
"So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God,"
Congratulations. You are now a Son or Daughter of God. You are His Child and He is your Daddy. The same Blessings that He Blesses His Children with, He can, and will, Bless you with. You now have a portion of His inheritance.

Now as He tells His own Sons and Daughters, He is now able to tell you as well, for you have become His Son or His Daughter, "As long as you live under my roof, you will follow my rules, and I will always be there for 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.

Why live in a state of Foster Care? Why not become a Child of God? He will never leave you. As long as you do not leave Him. He will be there when you go to sleep, when you wake up, He will Bless you and meet your needs. He will be your Daddy..

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, March 25, 2015

Proverbs 21


1 The king's heart is in the hand of the Lord, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will.

2 Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the Lord pondereth the hearts.

3 To do justice and judgment is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.

4 An high look, and a proud heart, and the plowing of the wicked, is sin.

5 The thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenteousness; but of every one that is hasty only to want.

6 The getting of treasures by a lying tongue is a vanity tossed to and fro of them that seek death.

7 The robbery of the wicked shall destroy them; because they refuse to do judgment.

8 The way of man is froward and strange: but as for the pure, his work is right.

9 It is better to dwell in a corner of the housetop, than with a brawling woman in a wide house.

10 The soul of the wicked desireth evil: his neighbour findeth no favour in his eyes.

11 When the scorner is punished, the simple is made wise: and when the wise is instructed, he receiveth knowledge.

12 The righteous man wisely considereth the house of the wicked: but God overthroweth the wicked for their wickedness.

13 Whoso stoppeth his ears at the cry of the poor, he also shall cry himself, but shall not be heard.

14 A gift in secret pacifieth anger: and a reward in the bosom strong wrath.

15 It is joy to the just to do judgment: but destruction shall be to the workers of iniquity.

16 The man that wandereth out of the way of understanding shall remain in the congregation of the dead.

17 He that loveth pleasure shall be a poor man: he that loveth wine and oil shall not be rich.

18 The wicked shall be a ransom for the righteous, and the transgressor for the upright.

19 It is better to dwell in the wilderness, than with a contentious and an angry woman.

20 There is treasure to be desired and oil in the dwelling of the wise; but a foolish man spendeth it up.

21 He that followeth after righteousness and mercy findeth life, righteousness, and honour.

22 A wise man scaleth the city of the mighty, and casteth down the strength of the confidence thereof.

23 Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles.

24 Proud and haughty scorner is his name, who dealeth in proud wrath.

25 The desire of the slothful killeth him; for his hands refuse to labour.

26 He coveteth greedily all the day long: but the righteous giveth and spareth not.

27 The sacrifice of the wicked is abomination: how much more, when he bringeth it with a wicked mind?

28 A false witness shall perish: but the man that heareth speaketh constantly.

29 A wicked man hardeneth his face: but as for the upright, he directeth his way.

30 There is no wisdom nor understanding nor counsel against the Lord.

31 The horse is prepared against the day of battle: but safety is of the Lord.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

As Long As You Live Under This Roof

As says your Parents, so says God..


"As long as you live under my roof, you will follow my rules." Your Mom or Dad ever say that to you? Have you ever said that to your kids? Guess what, God says this to His Children as well. But it really is not as negative as it sounds. Not to mention, there is also a flip side to the same coin. "As long as you live under my roof, I can and will, Love you, Protect you, Comfort you, meet your needs, and BE your Father."

You see, it really is a simple concept. It really is pretty easy to understand. I have three kids. Josh, 9, Eli 4, and Maya who will be 1 this year. They live under my roof. I am their Father, they are my Children. I love them. I am here when they go to sleep. I protect them. I am there when they wake up. I am there to celebrate with them. I am there to Comfort them. I meet their Daily Needs. I teach them. I Bless them with special gifts. I love them unconditionally. Oh they are not perfect. They make mistakes. When needed, I correct them. But I am always here for them.

Now let's say, Joshua and Maya decide to stay with me and follow my rules, while Eli decides, he no longer wishes to. So he leaves and goes off on his own. Josh and Maya never change their relationship with me. They are still under my roof. They are still my Children and I am still their Father.I love them. I am here when they go to sleep. I protect them. I am there when they wake up. I am there to celebrate with them. I am there to Comfort them. I meet their Daily Needs. I teach them. I Bless them with special gifts. I love them unconditionally.

What about Eli? Well, he is now on his own. I will NOT be there when he goes to sleep. I will NOT be there when he wakes up. I will not be there to comfort him. I will not be there to meet his needs. I will not be there to Bless him with special gifts. I will no longer even be able to see him. I will not hear him when he calls out my name. I no longer have any knowledge of him. Why? Because he is no longer under my roof. He is no longer where I am. See, he walked away. He chose to not follow my rules. HE chose to go off on his own. I am still where I have always been. Josh and Maya are still in a relationship with me. Their lives haven't changed. Just Eli's.

Let's look at the Wayward Son..

{Luke 15:11-16}
"And he said, A certain man had two sons: And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living. And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living. And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want. And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him."
First notice this. Did his Father stop him from leaving? Nope. His Father gave him what he asked for. Second, notice this. He went out on his own, he was reckless, and blew all he had. Did his Father bail him out? Nope. He ended up so bad, that he was eating the garbage that the Pigs ate. Did his Father come to his rescue? Did his Father come to where he was and bring him home? No. His Father had no idea what was going on with his Son. He did not even know his Son was a Servant, feeding Pigs, and eating their food. The Father was concerned with HIS Household and the Children that were still under his roof.

"You are trying to compare and earthly human Father, with God. God could still see him. God would still love him. He is everywhere and sees everything." Actually? God is everywhere, but He does not see everything. He cannot look upon Sin. If you are outside His Roof, His Will, and living a Sinful lifestyle, He no longer can see you. Don't believe me? Then explain this statement by Jesus Himself..

{Matthew 7:23}
"And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity."
This is why Jesus told the Jews of the day this..

{John 8:31-32}
"If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."
Notice the word "IF" here. "As long as you..." "If ye continue in my word," Then notice the word "Then." In order words, As long as you do this, you become this. Or as long as you live under my roof. We do not receive the Wages of Sin, if we are not living a Sinful lifestyle. We do not receive the Fruit of the Spirit, if we ARE living a Sinful lifestyle.

{Galatians 6:7-8}
"Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting."
It is us, as Children of God, that chose to walk away. It is NEVER God that cast us away. We make that choice. We become the Wayward Son. God never chooses that we leave. We do. In....

{James 1:13-18}
"Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.

Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. Do not err, my beloved brethren. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures."
How do you receive the Blessings of God, if you do not do what God asks you to do? How do you get the Blessings of the Household of God, if you are NOT his Child? You cannot. Again, Jesus said this..

{Matthew 7:24}
"Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:"
Again, "And." Hear AND do. You must learn from God, His Will, His plan, His Purpose, and you must DO that. Live in His Will, you live under His roof. Then He is your Father, and you are His Child. Then will you receive the Blessings and Gifts He has for you. Then will He be there when you call out. Then will you know, truly know, unconditional love that can only come from God.

There is still time. If you have walked away from God, and you now understand that you need your Father back, He is in the same place He was when you left. The address hasn't changed. He did not pack up and move. Better yet, He is looking into the distance, hoping to see you coming back..

{Luke 15:20-24}
"And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him. And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son.

But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet: And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry: For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry."
God is looking for you. He is waiting for you. He longs for your return.

{Luke 15:7}
"I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance."
Next time we will be talking about being on the outside and looking in, so to speak. We will be talking about what happens when Little Johnny, or Little Suzy come for a play date..

Have you walked away from God? Make no mistake about it, He never left you. Are the things in your life so bad you cannot figure out why they are happening and you do not see any answers? Look up. Are you still living under God's Roof? If you are not, then look towards His House, you will find Him looking out towards you with outstretched arms. It's not too late. Just, simply, go Home.

Or perhaps, this is the first time you are hearing this. Maybe you did not know, that God, wants to become your Father. Better yet, your Daddy. There is only one way. There is only one Truth. There is only one way to be Adopted into the Family of God. His name is Jesus.

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, March 18, 2015

Proverbs 20



1 Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.

2 The fear of a king is as the roaring of a lion: whoso provoketh him to anger sinneth against his own soul.

3 It is an honour for a man to cease from strife: but every fool will be meddling.

4 The sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold; therefore shall he beg in harvest, and have nothing.

5 Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water; but a man of understanding will draw it out.

6 Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness: but a faithful man who can find?

7 The just man walketh in his integrity: his children are blessed after him.

8 A king that sitteth in the throne of judgment scattereth away all evil with his eyes.

9 Who can say, I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin?

10 Divers weights, and divers measures, both of them are alike abomination to the Lord.

11 Even a child is known by his doings, whether his work be pure, and whether it be right.

12 The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, the Lord hath made even both of them.

13 Love not sleep, lest thou come to poverty; open thine eyes, and thou shalt be satisfied with bread.

14 It is naught, it is naught, saith the buyer: but when he is gone his way, then he boasteth.

15 There is gold, and a multitude of rubies: but the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel.

16 Take his garment that is surety for a stranger: and take a pledge of him for a strange woman.

17 Bread of deceit is sweet to a man; but afterwards his mouth shall be filled with gravel.

18 Every purpose is established by counsel: and with good advice make war.

19 He that goeth about as a talebearer revealeth secrets: therefore meddle not with him that flattereth with his lips.

20 Whoso curseth his father or his mother, his lamp shall be put out in obscure darkness.

21 An inheritance may be gotten hastily at the beginning; but the end thereof shall not be blessed.

22 Say not thou, I will recompense evil; but wait on the Lord, and he shall save thee.

23 Divers weights are an abomination unto the Lord; and a false balance is not good.

24 Man's goings are of the Lord; how can a man then understand his own way?

25 It is a snare to the man who devoureth that which is holy, and after vows to make enquiry.

26 A wise king scattereth the wicked, and bringeth the wheel over them.

27 The spirit of man is the candle of the Lord, searching all the inward parts of the belly.

28 Mercy and truth preserve the king: and his throne is upholden by mercy.

29 The glory of young men is their strength: and the beauty of old men is the grey head.

30 The blueness of a wound cleanseth away evil: so do stripes the inward parts of the belly.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

We Become What We Think About.

Turn off that Movie Theater of the Mind.


Or at least change the Movie. As Earl Nightingale, an American Motivational Speaker and Author, known as the "Dean of Personal Development," declared, "We become what we think about." Not only is this true, but it is also Biblical. 

What happens when bad stuff happens in our lives? Loss of a Loved One. Loss of a Job. Breakups. Discovery of Sickness. Whatever it may be. We, as Humans, have a tendency to go to that most famous of all Movie Theater in the World. We go to the lobby. We get our Popcorn and big Soda, we sit in the not so comfortable seats, and we watch the Movie. We watch the events unfold over and over again. Oh, we may throw in there some "What Ifs?" and "If Onlys." But we play the events over and over again.

Our friends and Family try to help. They say things like "It is what it is." Or "Life goes on." Or "Time heals all wounds." ETC. But there we sit, watching it over, and over, and over, again.

Sometimes, we find ourselves angry that we are where we are in life. We look around and we see others doing so well, and we are struggling to pay our bills. We can't go on a Cruse whenever we want. We can't buy that new toy for our kid. We can't live in a Million Dollar Mansion. It's not fair. So we play the "Woe is me" Movie, over and over, again.

Sometimes, it does not even have to be a catastrophic, or life changing event. Sometimes, everything seems to be going right. Good Job. Great relationship. Money in the Bank. Yet, you are depressed. Sometimes when all is well, you are worried that it will not last. "What If?" "What if it all ended tomorrow?" So the Movie you are watching is what you feel will happen if it all goes away.

Time to change the Movie. Why? "We become what we think about." Like I said, this is not only true, but it is also Biblical..

{Philippians 4:6-8}
"Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things."
C.S. Lewis told us "Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you get neither." What do you mean? I'm not suppose to think about things that are happening right now in my life??? I'm not suppose to worry about the bad stuff?

{Isaiah 43:16, 18-19}
"Thus saith the Lord, which maketh a way in the sea, and a path in the mighty waters; Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert."
If you are a Child of God, you can also claim this in Romans 8
"28 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."
Oh we may not understand it at the time. Every situation is different. But if we set our mind, and vision on things above, as the Word declares us to..

{Colossians 3:1-3}
"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."
Trust God, and He will take care of whatever it is. Who is in charge of your life? Circumstance? Others? You? Or is God? Do you call God "Daddy?" Yet you have decided to do whatever on your own? God is bigger than ANYTHING in your life. Who are you trusting in?

But it's not only focusing on the negative stuff that happens in your life. Sometimes, it is when we focus on things we should not, that causes negative things TO happen in our lives. You have heard it said, as it is written...

{Galatians 6:7}
"Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap."
But thinking about something is not Sin? Right? No. But thinking about something can LEAD to Sin. This is why the Tenth Commandment is this..

{Exodus 20:17}
"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."
This is why Jesus told us..

{Matthew 5:28}
"But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart."
Why?

{James 1:14-15}
"But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin; and sin, when it is finished bringeth forth death"
You want the right kind of Life? You must have the right Mind. If you want to "get over it", "Move on," "Stop hurting?" You want God to truly Bless you and your Life? You must shut down that Movie Theater, or you must at least, change the Movie. If you think on the negative, then negative is what you will receive. If you think on Godliness, then Godliness is what you receive.

You have the power to change your Life. You have the power to overcome. Through the Blood of Christ, through the Holy Spirit, YOU have the ability to bring forth Blessings or Curses into you life, simply by what you spend your time thinking about. You are a Child of God. Do you not think that your Daddy is bigger than anything in your life? Do you not think He only wants what is best for you? Jesus put it this way...

{Luke 11:11-13}
"If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent? Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?"
STOP WATCHING THE MOVIE. Stop thinking of what happened. Stop worrying about what might happen. Stop worrying at all. God is your Daddy, and He has your back. Simply trust in Him. If we become what we think about, and we do, then be mindful of what you are thinking.

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, March 11, 2015

Proverbs 19




1 Better is the poor that walketh in his integrity, than he that is perverse in his lips, and is a fool.

2 Also, that the soul be without knowledge, it is not good; and he that hasteth with his feet sinneth.

3 The foolishness of man perverteth his way: and his heart fretteth against the Lord.

4 Wealth maketh many friends; but the poor is separated from his neighbour.

5 A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaketh lies shall not escape.

6 Many will intreat the favour of the prince: and every man is a friend to him that giveth gifts.

7 All the brethren of the poor do hate him: how much more do his friends go far from him? he pursueth them with words, yet they are wanting to him.

8 He that getteth wisdom loveth his own soul: he that keepeth understanding shall find good.

9 A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaketh lies shall perish.

10 Delight is not seemly for a fool; much less for a servant to have rule over princes.

11 The discretion of a man deferreth his anger; and it is his glory to pass over a transgression.

12 The king's wrath is as the roaring of a lion; but his favour is as dew upon the grass.

13 A foolish son is the calamity of his father: and the contentions of a wife are a continual dropping.

14 House and riches are the inheritance of fathers: and a prudent wife is from the Lord.

15 Slothfulness casteth into a deep sleep; and an idle soul shall suffer hunger.

16 He that keepeth the commandment keepeth his own soul; but he that despiseth his ways shall die.

17 He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the Lord; and that which he hath given will he pay him again.

18 Chasten thy son while there is hope, and let not thy soul spare for his crying.

19 A man of great wrath shall suffer punishment: for if thou deliver him, yet thou must do it again.

20 Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that thou mayest be wise in thy latter end.

21 There are many devices in a man's heart; nevertheless the counsel of the Lord, that shall stand.

22 The desire of a man is his kindness: and a poor man is better than a liar.

23 The fear of the Lord tendeth to life: and he that hath it shall abide satisfied; he shall not be visited with evil.

24 A slothful man hideth his hand in his bosom, and will not so much as bring it to his mouth again.

25 Smite a scorner, and the simple will beware: and reprove one that hath understanding, and he will understand knowledge.

26 He that wasteth his father, and chaseth away his mother, is a son that causeth shame, and bringeth reproach.

27 Cease, my son, to hear the instruction that causeth to err from the words of knowledge.

28 An ungodly witness scorneth judgment: and the mouth of the wicked devoureth iniquity.

29 Judgments are prepared for scorners, and stripes for the back of fools.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

The True Meaning of Salvation. Peace..

The third Gift of Salvation is Peace.


At the beginning of this Series, we talked about the Fact with Salvation, comes three distinct gifts. Love, Hope, and Peace. You cannot truly know God without Love. You cannot have Love, without knowing God. With that Love, comes Hope. Hope both in the afterlife, and in the current time. Today we will be talking about the fact that through this Love, and this Hope, you can have indescribable, undeniable, even in some cases, complete irrational, Peace.

You see, once you fully understand that the Alpha and Omega, the Creator of all that is, was, or ever will be, God, Jehovah, the Great I Am, is now your Daddy? You are now His Child? Once you full understand that you are now a new Creature, filled with the same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead? That same Spirit is now in you? Seriously? Once you fully understand...

{Romans 8:31-39}
"What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?

Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth.

Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.

For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord."
If Angels, nor Principalities, nor Powers, nor anything present or to come, cannot separate you from the Love of God, why are you worried about anything? If death itself can't touch you. Why are you worried about anything? Jesus even tells us...

{Luke 12:4-5}
"And I say unto you my friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him."
Think about this. Jesus told us that...

{Matthew 10:30}
"But the very hairs of your head are all numbered."
We also know that God knows who we are, sets up a plan and purpose for our lives, all before He calls us.
"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."
Think about this. God knows who you are. He sets up a plan and purpose for your life. He has counted the hairs on your head. We know, and have discussed, that everything has it's own time "A time to be born, and a time to die;" {Ecclesiastes 3:2} Couple that with the fact that we are written in the Lamb's Book of Life, then you must understand, your time to leave this Earth is already set. Makes sense does it not?

Ever see an accident, with the vehicle is completely unrecognizable, yet the driver lives? It wasn't their time. Or just recently, a Plane crash that took the lives of the Mother and Father, yet a 7-year-old girl who walked nearly a mile through the woods to search for help, survived? It wasn't her time.

When it is your time, there is nothing on the Planet that can prevent that. No Doctor, Medicine, Machine. Nothing. There is nothing that can prevent you leaving this Earth. Yet, the opposite is also true. If it is not your appointed time, there is nothing on this Earth that can end your Life here.

God tells us.
{Isaiah 41:10}
"Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness."
God even tells us...

{Isaiah 54:17}
"No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord."
Jesus went into great depth in telling us that we need not worry about daily things. He told us plainly..

{Matthew 6:31-34}
"Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof."
We should not even fear the Devil. He can do nothing to you, as a Child of God, without Permission from God. Look at Job. Look at what Jesus told Peter

{Luke 22:31-32}
"Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren."
So if we should have no fear of Death, our needs being met, or even the Devil himself, then what is left to fear? Open spaces? There is nothing in them that can harm you. Strangers? They are fields you should be attempting to Sow in. Or, they are people who have made their choices and there is nothing they can do to you. If the Devil himself cannot touch you without permission from God, what can Joe Schmo do to you?

Fear is completely irrational, and has no place in your life, when you come to the full realization of who you are as a Child of God. Who your Daddy now is. Do not allow the fear of anything to place you into Bondage. To rob you of your very life itself. "Greater is He in you, than in all the World." {1 John 4:4}

Your Destiny is set. God formed you in the way you are. He planed out your life. He called you to be His Child. Now, this is where you come in. Think about this. The Simplicity of life. Two men equal in almost every way. Saul of Tarsus, Hitler of Germany. Both took great pleasure in hunting down and slaughtering God's Chosen People. Both were very good at that. Both received great powers and position in their Government. Christ appeared to Saul and said Follow me. Saul said Yes. He became Paul. One of the Greatest Saints to ever live. He wrote a lot of the New Testament we read today. Hitler? He is dead and gone. The Simplicity of Life? One word answer, to one question, posed by one Man, Jesus. "Follow me?" Yes, or no.

If you say "No," nothing may happen instantly. Oh you may not get struck down by Lightening, the Earth may not open and suck you straight to Hell, God will not strike you down where you stand. You may even continue to live your life to a ripe old age.. However, that is it. You will not be with God in the Afterlife. You will not have God in your life in the Present. You will learn when it is too late, when you cannot say "Yes" that God, Heaven, Hell, and Bible, Jesus, all this is real.

{Philippians 2:10-11}
"That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."
It is a simple thing to understand. If you simply say "Yes" you become a totally new creature. You become a totally new person. Your Sins have been wiped away. All that stuff in your past, the good, the bad, and yes, even the ugly, is totally gone. God forgets everything you ever did. It is only when you say "Yes" that you can receive the Spirit of Adoption. Only when you say "Yes" can God become your Daddy. Can He help you. Can He Bless you. Can He Justify you. Can He Glorify you.

By saying "Yes," you can receive True, unconditional Love. By saying "Yes," you can receive that Hope. Hope both in the afterlife, and in the current time. By saying "Yes," you can receive true Peace. That same Jesus, that looked into Peter's Eyes on the Fishing Boat, Matthew's Eyes at the Table of Customs, Saul's Eyes on the Road to Damascus, is looking into your's. He is saying to you, "Follow me?" Yes or No?

If you say "No." Live on. I hope you have a Peaceful and Long Life. But if you want to say "Yes." Then say this Prayer. Right now, like them, wherever you are. You see, you did not read this by accident. You did not find that Bible, by happenstance. You did not stop on that TV Preacher by coincidence. Your friend did not invite you to Church for their benefit. Jesus is calling you out. If you want to say "Yes," then say this Prayer..

"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, March 4, 2015

Proverbs 18



1 Through desire a man, having separated himself, seeketh and intermeddleth with all wisdom.

2 A fool hath no delight in understanding, but that his heart may discover itself.

3 When the wicked cometh, then cometh also contempt, and with ignominy reproach.

4 The words of a man's mouth are as deep waters, and the wellspring of wisdom as a flowing brook.

5 It is not good to accept the person of the wicked, to overthrow the righteous in judgment.

6 A fool's lips enter into contention, and his mouth calleth for strokes.

7 A fool's mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare of his soul.

8 The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.

9 He also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great waster.

10 The name of the Lord is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.

11 The rich man's wealth is his strong city, and as an high wall in his own conceit.

12 Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, and before honour is humility.

13 He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him.

14 The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but a wounded spirit who can bear?

15 The heart of the prudent getteth knowledge; and the ear of the wise seeketh knowledge.

16 A man's gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men.

17 He that is first in his own cause seemeth just; but his neighbour cometh and searcheth him.

18 The lot causeth contentions to cease, and parteth between the mighty.

19 A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city: and their contentions are like the bars of a castle.

20 A man's belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; and with the increase of his lips shall he be filled.

21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.

22 Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the Lord.

23 The poor useth intreaties; but the rich answereth roughly.

24 A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

True Meaning of Salvation. Hope

The three gifts of Salvation. Hope


Last time we talked about Love. That without God, you cannot know true Love. God is Love. He is the Creator of Love. He is the one that Loves you most. But did you know that without God, you also have no Hope? Without Jesus, there is no Hope. With Salvation, not only does Love come into your life, but Hope as well. But not just Hope in an afterlife, but Hope in this present time as well.

You see, Life is what it is. There is a time and season for everything.

{Ecclesiastes 3:1-8}
"To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace."
This is the natural order of things. In that natural order, there is "a time to be born, and a time to die." Death is not a punishment. Death is not a curse. We will all die. All living things die. To everything, there is a beginning, existence, and an end. Death is just a natural part of Life.

So we are Saved from Death? No. No, not the physical death. Even Jesus Himself had to die a physical death. The greatest Saints who had ever lived or walk among us, die physical deaths. There is no avoiding this. It will happen. Unless God chooses to beam you up with your physical body intact, it will cease working, and you will no longer be alive in a physical sense.

Saved from everlasting torment? A place where the Devil runs around torturing you for eternity. Or a place where you will burn in a lake of everlasting fire? Partially. First, this is not an accurate depiction of Hell. That is more Hollywood. But that a side, Why are you waiting until you die to have Hope?

Someone asked me once, "Why do you believe in God? What proof have you? How can you believe in an invisible man in the sky, that is watching you always, waiting for you to mess up? What if you are wrong, and when you die, you come to nothing? Are you not wasting your life away on a lie?" My answer was a simple one. I even posted this answer here before. It is the Truth. It is simple to understand. "I would rather believe in God, and come to nothing, than believe in nothing and come to God."

Those eighteen words changed lives. They make some think about it. If I'm wrong, and there is no God, no anything after, then my brain will stop. I will simply cease to exist. I will go with everyone else into the great nothingness. But if I'm right, I will stand before the God of Creation, and He will say one of two thing to me. Either He will say..
"I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity." {Matthew 7:23}
Or
"Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord." {Matthew 25:21}
You see, with God, I have Hope. Without God, there is no Hope. With Jesus coming to earth and dying, yet rather rising from the dead, paying the price for me, I have Hope. Without that, I have nothing. Remember, Jesus told us..
"He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God."{John 3:18}
Without believing in Jesus, you are condemned already. It does not matter how "good" a person you are. It doesn't matter how many good deeds you do. Without Jesus, you are "condemned already." There is no Hope without Jesus.

There are 133 instances of the word "Hope," with 44 of these found in the Old Testament and 89 located in the New Testament. More so in different translations. Converting Charity to Hope, and so on. With God, you can have Hope. With Jesus, you can have Hope. Without God, without Jesus, you can wish. But true Hope is only available to those who have the Truth.

{1 Peter 1:21}
"Who through him are believers in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God."
The promise of Salvation brings true Hope. Along with that Hope, comes Joy.

{Romans 12:12}
"Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer."
Once you receive the Spirit of Adoption, you can rest assured that Romans 8:28 now applies to you..
"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."
Hope is not just something to have for what comes next. But rather for the present time as well. We know that we are never again alone. We know, that though trials and tribulations will come, we do not have to face them alone. We know, that the God of gods, the Lord of lords, the Creator of all that is, was, or every will be, is now our Daddy. Our Father. We have become His Children..

{Romans 5:1-21}
"Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us."
Why? How can this be?
"For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."
Again, while we were yet Sinners. In the middle of our Sin. Jesus came to earth and died for us. He did so, not because we were good people. Not because we asked Him too. But rather because God loved us so. We had nothing to do with it. When you come to understand this, and accept Jesus's Sacrifice for you, you then can receive this Hope.
"Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement."
With Jesus, there is forgiveness of Sins and reconciliation with God. Without Jesus, there is not.
"Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:

(For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law. Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam's transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come. But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many. And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift: for the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offences unto justification. For if by one man's offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)

Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life. For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.

Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound: That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord."
So you can clearly see, without Jesus, there is no Hope. You are condemned already. You are under the Laws of Sin and Death, given to us by Adam. Through Adam, we have all become Sinners from Birth. We all deserve eternal separation from God. Through one man, Mankind fell. So? Through one man, Jesus, Mankind has the Hope to rise from the dead, and become Children of God.

Salvation gives us the Hope, that with God as our Daddy, we can do anything. Jesus tells us ...

{Mark 9:23}
"If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth."
He put it this way as well..

{Matthew 17:20}
"If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you."
Without God?

{Matthew 19:26}
"With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible."
Without God there is no Hope. No Hope in an afterlife. No Hope from escaping Hell. No help in this present time. We are on our own. But With God, with the Spirit of Adoption, With Jesus, we DO have Hope. We are never alone. We are never forsaken. We are Children of the Most High God. We are Prince and Princesses of Heaven itself. Ambassadors, if you will. We are no longer of the World, but in it. We are Strangers in a Strange Land. Nothing on Earth can take that away. Nothing ever Created can overcome The Creator. We are His.

Do you have this Hope? Is the God of all, The Alpha and Omega, The Beginning and the End, The Creator of all that is, was, and ever will be, your Daddy? Do you know where you are going, after you pass on from this place? If you said no, or even if you said, I'm not sure, then say this Prayer with me. Wherever you are, stop what you are doing, and say this Pray, in your own words...

"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..