For This You Know with Certainty…

Ephesians 5:5 For this you know with certainty, that no immoral or impure person or covetous man, who is an idolater, has an inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. (Eph 5:5 NAS)

When Paul is writing to the Ephesians he points out that for this you know with certainty that some people who meet a defined qualification will have no place in the kingdom.  This is not a matter of question, nor can grace save you if you meet these qualifications.  Lets dig into the meaning of a few words and terms Paul chooses carefully. Continue Reading →

The Everlasting Gospel

And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters. (Rev 14:6-7 KJV)

What is the everlasting gospel?

In this exciting verse we see an angel with the everlasting gospel that is preached to every nation, kindred, tongue and people.  But what is this everlasting gospel that he is preaching?  He gives us a small clue by saying to fear God and give God glory for God’s judgment has come and to be sure to worship the one that made heaven, earth, the sea and the fountains of waters.  But we need more information about the everlasting gospel. Continue Reading →

An Eye Opening Look at Hosea 4

I was reading in Hosea scripture the other day and came across this one in chapter 4 which it caused me to reflect upon our own nation who claims to be a grafted in nation with Israel.  When allowing my thoughts to proceed I drew a conclusion I wish to share and get some feedback on.  I was unable to find a reason that the United States should escape the same punishment that Israel had if we do not repent like those of Nineveh did when Jonah brought correction. Continue Reading →

Let No Corrupt Speech

The pursuit of proving we are right may be satisfying, but can be far from edifying. How  many times have we seen people satisfy themselves at the expense of others?

A person may be right, but if he has crushed, berated, exhausted, bullied and/or mocked someone to prove it – then he has accomplished nothing except providing himself with a moment’s pleasure. Finding pleasure in being right is the antithesis of humility. Being correct is not a virtue, but a privilege, as God alone is right by His own merits.

This is corrupt speech. It should never be mistaken for teaching, nor for zeal, nor holiness. It is not what Christ would do.

Ephesians 4:29 quote: Let no corrupt speech

Paul’s words challenge us to take a moment to choose our words carefully. Too many in the Body of Christ tear other believers down, people who are most decidedly not our enemies.

Don’t Be a Stumbling Block

If you can’t allow someone to be a little bit wrong, if their error just screams at you to comment and correct – then I can assure you that the voice doing the screaming is not the Holy Spirit.

YHVH allows you to be in error about a whole lot of things, and always has.  He patiently gives you the space you need to learn and grow at a reasonable pace.

stumbling block bible verse, romans 14:13

Don’t be a stumbling block

Allow other believers the opportunity to be wrong and make small errors, at least those that are simply due to inexperience and not to willful self-deception or rebellion.  Otherwise, you are spitting upon the patience shown to you by YHVH Himself and will become an exasperating stumbling block.