Do you know that most people of the world, prefer that others, like them, and enjoy being around them?' Personally, I used to be like that." But then, about 10 years ago, The LORD said to me: And you will be hated by all for MY NAME'S sake." [And HE gave me an employment opportunity at LKQ pick-your- part, along with that warning. It was an opportunity to serve HIM, and prove my LOVE for HIM." How? By serving HIM." And serve HIM, Beloved Brethren, I did!" But before I arrived there, at the job site, HE reminded me of the WORDS from Mark 13:13, saying: And you will be hated by all for MY NAME'S sake.
[And so I asked HIM; By all, LORD?" Will I be hated?" HE then, said to me: By all "who do not LOVE, ME, and have no interest in obeying ME." Because the one's who LOVE, ME," will also LOVE you." And together," you will LOVE your enemies. Even as I command you to!" And I, said; Yes, LORD." And so I went to work at the junkyard. And it was there, Beloved, that The LORD used me, effectively, to reach the lost. HE used me, to preach The GOSPEL of CHRIST, at any cost!" For I was written up on various occasions, simply for sharing The GOOD NEWS Of The RISEN CHRIST!"
I deliberately sought out people who had ears to hear, and were willing to listen to GOD'S message of Everlasting LIFE."
It was there, Beloved, that I encountered many evil men.
Ot was there, at the junkyard, that I encountered a challenge about being honest, in regards to evil. For in order to be absolutely honest, I had to include everyone under that cloud." Right!" Every last one of us, Beloved, evil." How do I know?" Well, because The WORD of The LIVING GOD, says so." Consider what The LORD HIMSELF, said, in Luke 11:13 to HIS disciples:
If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your FATHER give The HOLY SPIRIT to those who ask HIM?
[So, are we evil, Beloved?"]
Well, compared to GOD,"
I am absolutely certain, that we are all evil!" And because we are," we each need to be placed in the SAVIOR, Who makes us a new creation. For 2nd Corrinthians 5:17 assures us of this, saying: Therefore, if anyone is in CHRIST, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. [And now that we have become new, and know Whom we owe our obedience to. 2nd Corinthians 5:18-19 has this to say]: Now all things are of GOD, Who has reconciled us to HIMSELF through JESUS CHRIST, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, that is, that GOD was in CHRIST reconciling the world to HIMSELF, not imputng their trespasses against them, and has committed to us The WORD of reconciliation.
[So now that GOD has reconciled us unto HIMSELF, and given us the ministry of reconciliation. What do we need to fulfill our Ministry?
More of GOD’S SPIRIT?"
More of GOD?" Yes?" Well, surely we each know, that The WORD of GOD," is The LORD HIMSELF, speaking these WORDS from John 14:15-18, saying: "If you LOVE ME, keep MY commandments. And I will give you another HELPER, that HE may abide with you FOREVER - The SPIRIT of TRUTH, Whom the world cannot recieve, because it neither sees HIM nor knows HIM; but you know HIM, for HE dwells with you
and will be in you. I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.
When I write, I want everyone who strives to do the will of GOD, to know, that we are doing right." But even the best of us has flaws, and we all fall short of The GLORY of GOD. Thus, Philippians 2:12 admonishes each of us, saying: Therefore, my Beloved, as you have always obeyed; not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own SALVATION with fear and trembling.
[So I must be absolutely honest in my writings, about the evil that those who claim to be good people, possess!" For The LORD HIMSELF, said, in Mathew 17:19
No one is good, but ONE." That is GOD!" But even with that made abundantly clear, Proverbs 20:6 assures us, that each man will proclaim each his own goodness, but who can find a FAITHFUL man?"
[Right!" Who can find a man who Believes The WORD of The LIVING GOD?" And Who can, Beloved?" GOD can!" And because HE can," The LORD, our GOD, calls HEAVEN and earth as witness today against us, saying these WORDS from Deuteronomy 30:11-20;
For this commandment which I command you today is not to mysterious for you, nor is it far off. It is not in HEAVEN that you should say, "Who will ascend into HEAVEN for us and bring it to us, that we may hear it and do it?' Nor is it beyond the sea, that you should say, 'Who will go over the sea for us and bring it to us, and bring it to us, that we may hear it and do it?' But The WORD is very near you, in your mouth and in your heart, that you may do it. [That we may do it?"
Yes, Beloved, that we may obey The WORD of The LIVING GOD!"]
"See, I have set before you today LIFE and GOOD, death and evil, in that I command you today to LOVE The LORD your GOD, to walk in HIS ways, and to keep HIS commandments, HIS statutes, and HIS judgments, that you may live and multiply; and The LORD your GOD will Bless you in the land which you go to possess.
But if your heart turns away so that you do not hear, and are drawn away, and worship other gods and serve them, I announce to you today that you shall surely perish; you shall not prolong your days in the land which you cross over the Jordan to possess.
I call HEAVEN and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you LIFE and death, Blessing and cursing; therefore choose LIFE, that both you and your descendants may live, that you may LOVE The LORD your GOD, that you may obey HIS VOICE, and that you may cling to HIM, for HE is your LIFE and the length of your days.
Have you noticed how GOD," The AUTHOR of The BIBLE," did not cover up the flaws and sins of HIS chosen people. But HE was absolutely honest, about the failures of those HE called for leadership positions. HE didn’t excuse their bad behavior, minimize their failures, or even look the other way. No!" But HE reported it, judged it, and measured out the consequence of their actions." The most prolific example in Scripture is King David.
Not only did he take another man’s wife, but he also took the man’s LIFE to cover up his adultery." Yet despite his deplorable behavior, when he was confronted by the prophet, Nathan, David quickly repented!" He became the standard by which future kings of Israel were judged because his heart was “loyal to The LORD.” And because he was, David's heartfelt prayer is recorded in Psalm 51:1-10
Consider the heart of David," pleading with The LORD, saying:
Have mercy upon me, O GOD,
According to YOUR LOVING KINDNESS;
According to the multitude of YOUR tender Mercies,
Blot out my transgressions.
Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,
And cleanse me from my sin.
[David's next statement reveals," what I Believe," GOD wants the most from each of us."]
For I acknowledge my transgressions,
And my sin is always before me.
Against YOU, YOU only, have I sinned,
And done this evil in YOUR Sight -
that YOU may be found just when YOU speak,
And blameless when YOU judge.
Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity,
And in sin my mother conceived me.
Behold, YOU desire TRUTH in the inward parts,
And in the hidden part YOU will make me to know wisdom.
Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;
Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Make me hear joy and gladness,
That the bones YOU have broken may rejoice.
Hide YOUR FACE from my sins,
And blot out all my iniquities.
Create in me a clean heart, O GOD,
And renew a steadfast SPIRIT within me.
The LORD, our GOD, knows the heart of man." And HE commands us all to repent, just as fast as we can!"
For HE is no respecter of persons."
Thus, Acts 17:30-31 has these WORDS to say: Truly, these times of ignorance GOD overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, because HE has appointed a day on which HE will judge the world in RIGHTEOUSNESS by the Man Whom HE has ordained. HE has given assurance of this to all by raising HIM from the dead."
Although sin can be painful and damaging, when it’s confessed to GOD, and repented of." Our healing begins to take place. And by our TRUSTING in the finished work of The Cross of CHRIST, GOD has made us partakers in the race. The race?" Yes, for at the appointed time, The LORD would rejoice to hear us say these WORDS, from 2nd Timothy 4:7-8
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the FAITH.
Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of RIGHTEOUSNESS, which The LORD, The RIGHTEOUS JUDGE, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but to all who have LOVED HIS appearing.
[But because most of humanity, will not LOVE HIS appearing.
Acts 4:11-12 teaches about the cornerstone which the builders reject, when they reject The WORD of The LIVING GOD, JESUS CHRIST.
Everyone who refuses to embrace, and cling to The WORD of The LIVING GOD, is building their home on "sinking sand."
Thus, Acts 4:11-12 has this to say to each of them: This is the 'Stone which was rejected by you builders, which has become The Chief cornerstone.'
Nor is their SALVATION in any other, for there is no other name under HEAVEN given among men by which we must be SAVED."
[Only The NAME of Who?]