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4 Steps to SALVATION & POWER

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The Holy Bible shows us 4 Steps to Salvation & Power without being cliché. They are as follows:

  1. Repentance
  2. Conversion
  3. Confession
  4. Belief

These 4 are the simple way to gain true righteousness leading to salvation from death or eternal separation from God.

Christ provided the way for all people to be free from sin and death and it is crucial for us to seize the opportunity by first repenting from sin and then converting to God.

“Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out…” (Acts 3:19a)

When the scripture says repent, it is urging us to change our minds from submitting to the practice of sin. Repentance leads us to become converted, that is, turned back to God. This in turn leads to blotted out or obliterated sin that is properly erased and completely forgotten by God. He said:

“I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins.” (Isaiah 43:25)

“For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.” (Hebrews 8:12)

Some people change their minds and turn back to God but get enticed by the cares of the word system afterward and are drawn back into the practice of sin. It is important to go further, to confession and belief after repentance and conversion. Confession and belief lead to righteousness and salvation.

“If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart, one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made to salvation.” (Romans 10:9-10)

When we confess, with the mouth we do not secretly deny but say the same thing that God is saying, from a point of personal conviction, and openly speak out freely about it with praise and celebration. For example, we confess by declaring Jesus Christ in His fullness to everyone we know.

When we believe, we think Christ’s actions to be true, are fully persuaded of it and place our total confidence in it. These two actions spark the radical transformationbeing born-again and lead us to righteousness and salvation.

“Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” (John 3:3)

Being born-again is being born from above, from a higher place, from Heaven, and refers to a regeneration of the spirit of a person. This regeneration qualifies the spirit to see the Kingdom of God.

When one is born-again, one is persuaded by God to put one’s entire trust in Christ Jesus and to live a new life according to His direction. A spiritual transformation takes place. One is sealed or marked authentic by the Holy Spirt at the exact moment of persuasion.

“…after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise…” (Ephesians 1:13)

The Kingdom of God is universal and is one living, thriving territory of souls and one order, which give glory and honor to God. One must be born-again to join the Kingdom of God. Born-again believers are new creatures in Christ; new as in the condition of our soul being previously non-existent and beginning to be far different from what it was before.

“Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17)

Being in Christ literally means being one with Him; that is, one in union and fellowship. God quickened us or re-animated us together, in unison, with Christ. He did this simply because He loves us, not because we deserved or earned it.

“But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.” (Ephesians 2:4-6)

God didn’t only quicken us together with Christ, He also raised us up together or resurrected us from death just like Jesus. Death, or permanent separation from God, is powerless over us. We became connected to God and when we did, He made us sit together in Heavenly places in Christ Jesus. Born-again believers are sitting together in Heaven in the same place where Christ is sitting even though we are here on earth at this point in time.

The reality of this is we have the same authority of Christ in Heaven, through Christ Himself. Moreover, our authority in Christ extends from Heaven throughout the cosmos to Earth and affects every sphere of our existence from spirit-realm to physical world.

MOSES MESSED UP BIG TIME

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Yes he did! Moses messed up big time. Moses knew for a fact that he could throw down his staff and amazing things happened. He knew for a fact that he could stretch it out and magnificent things happened. He knew, his God worked through him, through his staff and did some faith building things.

Then Moses’ God challenged him!

God challenged Moses to not use the staff, that old faithful rod that wrought so many marvellous things. God challenged Moses to move from mustard seed, sea parting faith to something else.

God challenged Moses to get rid of the staff, the rod, the … dare I say … crutch!

Think about it. God had been instructing Moses this entire time, to do things. One would think that Moses’ mustard seed faith was being sewn in good ground, taking root and was about to push out of the ground to reveal a sprouting faith in his Abba Father.

But I suspect it was fear. Specifically fear of new territory; unknown new terrain; uncharted waters so to speak.

The people were thirsty. The desert trek had been taking its toll. It felt as if they were about to die from thirst.

Moses talked to God. God told him “SPEAK TO THE ROCK!”

What! But Daddy, in times past you said … staff… rod… You’ve never told me to speak… That was Aaron, Dad!

So Moses took matters into his own hands with dire consequence. Actually, Moses took staff in hand and struck the rock instead of speaking to it as God had instructed. Moses messed up big time.

Three (3) things happened:

1. Water gushed forth from the rock and the people quenched their thirst;

2. Moses missed his promtion to the next spiritual level; and

3. God punished Moses by preventing him from occupying the single most important thing at that time; the very reason they had been wandering around hoping and waiting; the prize: the promised land.

That great man of God, the same one who spoke to God as a man does with his friend, Moses, messed up big time.

FaithFULL

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FaithFULL: Unshaken, unafraid and unwavering in faith.

Steady is the pulse of the faithful; I mean, the one who is full of faith; the one whose mustard seed doesn’t just exist, but was sewn in good ground and has begun to sprout.

We hear about mustard seed faith all the time. But rarely do we hear of a seed sewn, germinating and sprouting. Rarely do we hear of that faith seed taking root, pushing out of the good ground and sprouting upward. Rarely do we hear of it becoming a tree planted by the rivers of waters. Rarely do we hear of it spreading its branches to welcome others to shelter.

And even rarer still, do we actually SEE such a profound thing; such a formidable soul. FaithFULL!

The SEARCH for God.

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“You will find Me when you search for Me with your whole heart!”

If I said I heard it, that would be misleading. It wasn’t a voice because it wasn’t audible. It wasn’t a thought because I didn’t think it. Yet, deep within my spirit, I knew it, knew that it was true, and knew that it was my Word from God. There were some things … ahem! …I had to shake off some things that I was holding on to; some things that were restraining me; some things that were holding me back from seeking Him with all my heart.

I jumped up.

‘That is in the Bible!’ I thought…

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“You will find Me when you search for Me with your whole heart!”

If I said I heard it, that would be misleading. It wasn’t a voice because it wasn’t audible. It wasn’t a thought because I didn’t think it. Yet, deep within my spirit, I knew it, knew that it was true, and knew that it was my Word from God. There were some things … ahem!  …I had to shake off some things that I was holding on to; some things that were restraining me; some things that were holding me back from seeking Him with all my heart.

I jumped up.

‘That is in the Bible!’ I thought. I grabbed my Bible concordance and searched for the word ‘search’. I was completely ready for what I found.

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SUBMIT TO GOD

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Submit to God.

UPDATE: My family and I moved back to Jamaica after living and working for about 8 years in Japan. We are so happy to be home.

I’ve not posted here for an entire year. My apologies. 🙂

My first post for 2018 is really a reflection. In fact, the past year has found me more introspective than anything else.

I don’t make resolutions I just live and adapt or change completely, depending on the circumstance, point in time, path of life and, ultimately, the guidance of God.

I accept that change is a constant and I embrace the new as I am led to it.

I’ve also accepted, based on my faith in God and His divine will that my perceived control of things, outside of the leading of the Holy Spirit, is a derailment of His guidance.

His divine will is a constant that keeps me aligned to the best effects of change in my life.

If I presume to take control then I’m derailed and cannot expect the best result immediately; I have to wait until change realigns to God’s divine will.

We are sometimes our worst enemy. These are those moments when nothing seems to go right.

In some future time, God synchronises our lives with His will and our lives go back on the divine track.

We can avoid intermittent derailment by completely submitting to God’s will. This, for me is still a work in progress.

The scripture says:

“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” James 4:7 KJV

Total submission seems impossible but we have the assurance of scripture that we can do all things through Christ Jesus.

“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” Philippians 4:13 KJV

Submit to God.

ENTERTAIN STRANGERS

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As you may already know, my family and I live in Japan. We’ve entertained many strangers in our Japan journey but this was the first time I’ve had an experience like the one I’m about to share.

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I took my four year old to the park today. While there, running around like two four year olds, I noticed an older gentleman on a bicycle. He bowed and I returned the bow as is the custom. He rode up to the restroom and parked his bicycle then strolled over to the park benches, watching us frolic the entire time.

I pushed my four year old on the swings, then we had a race. We then went to the slide and lastly to the seesaw. Then my four year old said it was time to go.

As we walked to our car, the man started talking to me in Japanese. My Japanese conversation skill is quite basic. I wasn’t sure what he was saying, so I went closer to him to see if I could understand.

He was brown skinned, tanned I’m sure, and his speech was difficult to understand because some older people talk with a “thicker” form of Japanese.

I did understand when he asked me where I was from and I told him. Then he asked if my wife was Japanese and I said no. He then asked what our work was and I told him. he also asked if I had any other children and I said yes.

I was being very polite and these were the usual questions that foreigners get from Japanese people.

The most unusual thing happened after that. He started to say something, still in Japanese, and I could hear the words for hungry, three days, and money. He was asking me to buy him food.

If you know Japan, you know this would NEVER, ever happen, at all, especially from Japanese to foreigner. Ever! I was shocked! But I kept a poker face and double checked what he was saying.

I asked him if he was hungry, if he had not eaten in three days, and if he wanted money to buy food. I had to double check because if that wasn’t the case, and I tried to give him money, it would embarrass him. Alas, it was what he had said!

I didn’t have a lot of cash on me, but I took out my wallet and gave him half the cash I had. His reaction was one of surprise and gratitude. He then shook my hand, another very rare thing, and told me his name. He then asked my name and I told him.

All of this was happening in Japanese, although mine was broken Japanese. We said our goodbyes and parted ways. I could see him waving to us as we drove away from the park, another rarity.

During the experience, my thoughts immediately went to Hebrews 13:2

“Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.” ~AuthKJV

Maybe for now I will never know. I was happy to help him. It always feels so awesome to live the scripture. I am still awed by how God works in simplicity sometimes.

Do not forget to entertain strangers. Blessings all!

THE WILDERNESS EXPERIENCE

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The wilderness experience isn’t always an enjoyable one, especially if you don’t want to be in it. The wilderness is usually dry and hot or humid, with many extreme and unpleasant conditions.

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Wilderness in Israel, photo credit maxpix.

Yet Moses and countless others endured it, learned valuable lessons in it, and came out with new purpose because God schooled them through it.

What’s your wilderness experience?
How can you see your Heavenly Father with you in it?
How can you endure the extreme and unpleasant experiences?
How can you emerge more knowledgeable, spiritually stronger and wiser?
What new or renewed purpose can you discover from it?

TRUST your HEAVENLY FATHER; He has a bespoke (uniquely tailored) plan for YOU in the wilderness experience.

Blessings ALL

SM for EM

 

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