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Do You Have Trouble Conquering Doubt - The Enemy Within?

Conquering Doubt - The Enemy Within Us All

"Take the helmet of salvation" (Eph. 6:17). .. The key to conquering doubt is to focus on the preserving power of God.

Doubt comes to Christians in many ways. After you've sinned, your conscience might hiss at you, saying, "Surely you're not a Christian. Why would God save you anyway? You don't deserve His mercy. You're not good enough. How presumptuous to think God could ever use you!" Such doubts are common among Christians who focus on their performance rather than God's power.

All too often we're quick to acknowledge God's power to save us but slow to understand His power to keep us.

To complicate matters, many Christians believe they can lose their salvation, so they live in constant fear of falling away from the faith. Still others have never learned what Scripture teaches about their security in Christ. They're so intent on pleasing God through their own efforts that they lose sight of grace and drift into a subtle works- righteousness mentality.

Your performance doesn't determine your standing in Christ; your standing in Christ determines your performance. Good works are the necessary result of salvation (Eph. 2:10) but they don't save you or keep you saved. That's God's work.

Jude said, "Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy" (v. 24). "Able" in that verse translates a Greek word that speaks of power. "Keep" literally means "to secure in the midst of an attack." "Stumbling" refers to falling into sin. Together they say that God is powerful enough to prevent you from stumbling into sin and falling away from Him—no matter how intense Satan's attacks might be. He will continue to protect and cleanse you until the day you enter His glorious heaven perfected.

Sin is a serious issue and you should never take it lightly. But when you do sin, remember that as a believer you're immediately cleansed by the blood of Jesus Christ (1 John 1:7). So always confess your sins and turn from them, but never doubt God's power or willingness to keep you saved. Trust in His grace, not in your ability to perform.

Suggestions for Prayer: Praise the Lord for continually cleansing your sin. Acknowledge the fact that Jesus died on Calvary's Cross for your sins .. and tell Jesus THANK YOU! 

What Time is It? .. How much time do you have?

What Time is It? .. How much time do you have left in life?

So teach us to number our days, that we may present to You a heart of wisdom. PSALM 90:12

Is it noon .. evening .. late night .. in your life?

“One life to live, soon will be past. Only what’s done for God will last.”

Fame, power, popularity, riches and influence will be only a memory one day .. or somethings to rtemember at your old class reunion .. but the things we do for God and Christ will last forever.

With that in mind, we are to number, or measure our days, so that we can present to God a heart of wisdom and a life of meaning.

How long have you been away from The Lord our God? .. what about all those years that passed without peace and salvation and fullness?

But each one of us needs to measure our days. Do you number yours? If the average life expectancy is 80 years, is it noon in your life? Or 6:00 p.m., or 8:00 p.m.? Take note of the time, and remember that only what’s done for him will stand its test.

Seeking Wisdom for the Trials, Tribulations and Challenges of Life

Wisdom for the Trials, Tribulations and Challenges of Your Life

James 1:5-8 (NIRV) says: 5 If any of you need wisdom, ask God for it. He will give it to you. God gives freely to everyone. He doesn’t find fault. 6 But when you ask, you must believe. You must not doubt. People who doubt are like waves of the sea. The wind blows and tosses them around. 7 A man like that shouldn’t expect to receive anything from the Lord. 8 He can’t make up his mind. He can never decide what to do.

At first glance, today’s passage on wisdom doesn't seem related to the subject of trials, tribulations, challenges, growth or personal development - but James is actually continuing His thoughts from the previous three verses. We need wisdom to know how to respond to suffering, circumstances of this life or the hand we are dealt. This means we should see trials from God’s viewpoint and understand His purposes in allowing them in our lives. If you want to profit from your struggles, be sustained in them, and come through with joy and victory, you must understand the following truths:

1. God’s in full control of the timing and intensity of your trial, and He won’t let it go beyond the boundaries He has set. Need Proof? .. see Job 1:6-12
2. He has a specific purpose for your suffering, which you may not understand until it is over.
3. This trial will be profitable if you submit to God and trust Him through it.
4. A trying situation .. a change in your way of life, unhappiness - is a chance for your faith to prove genuine and grow stronger.
5. When you endure extreme pressure with unexplainable peace and joy, the Lord will demonstrate His sustaining power to a watching world.
6. The Father will use your difficulties to produce Christ-like character.
7. God will walk with you through trials - look here: http://www.iaskgod.com/search/node/Jehovah%20Shammah
8. The Holy Spirit will enable you to survive this and to come out a conqueror.

If you believe these principles, they will shape how you respond to difficulties in your life.

This perspective eliminates the negative reactions normally felt and acknowledged by trials .. and makes supernatural responses possible. Instead of feeling miserable and hopeless, you’ll experience amazing peace and joy.

 

September 11 - a date to remember Who We Turned To For Answers


Jesus Christ: A Gift from the Father - Read | Matthew 7:11

UNLIKE THE "infamous" day here in America .. where terror reigned from the skys .. where some troubled terrorists thought they would find their way to god .. and 72 virgins .. TO WHOM DID MANY TURN TO?

We try to give presents that are meaningful but we aren't always successful. However, God’s gift, His Son Jesus—, always the right one for everybody.

Our Hevaen-Sent Gift -  Jesus was sent to earth from the heavenlies in order to fulfill God’s plan (John 6:38). Every aspect of His life—from His birth as a little baby to His death on the cross—was part of the Father’s gift to us.

Our Much-Needed Gift - God gave His Son to us because of our desperate need for rescue. Sin ruined the human race (Rom. 3:23) and placed us all under divine condemnation (5:18). Since we are unable to pay the price justly demanded by God for our sin, our greatest need has always been for a Savior who could pay our sin debt for us (6:23). Only Jesus qualified because He was without sin. He became our Redeemer, reconciling us to God (5:10).

Sacrificial. God sent Jesus to die in our place so that we might become part of His family. The Son deliberately sacrificed His life to accomplish the Father’s plan.

Perfect. Jesus was God in human flesh, walking among mankind. His character and will are flawless, and He works perfectly on our behalf (8:28-29).

Precious. Jesus Christ can do for us what no material thing or other person can. In Him, we become new creations belonging to God (2 Cor. 5:17).

God wrapped His special present to us in human flesh so we might know Him and identify with Him. How closely intertwined is Jesus’ life with yours .. and mine .. for all men no matter what their needs.

How Many Attacks on God's Character Have You Heard?

How Many Attacks on God's Character Have You Heard?

One of Satan’s most effective tactics ( and sometimes a very subtle attack ) ... is to challenge God’s credibility. Have you ever had a friend .. a son or daughter .. boyfriend or girlfriend .. wife or husband .. fellow hunter or co-worker .. say something like .. "You Don't Really believe That Old Bible Stuff DO YOU"?  ..  OR ..  That was written so long ago .. by so many different people .. HOW CAN YOU BELIEVE THAT?

Paul's exhortation to "stand firm against the schemes of the devil" (Eph. 6:11) refers to the various tactics Satan employs in spiritual warfare. One of his tactics is to call God's character and motives into question by raising doubts about His Word.

Remember .. Where He Started All That Lying?  ..  He used that approach in the Garden of Eden, when he said to Eve, "Indeed, has God said, 'You shall not eat from any tree of the garden'?" (Gen. 3:1). In one brief statement Satan disputed and distorted God's Word. God didn't forbid them to eat from any tree. They could eat freely from every tree except one: the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (2:16-17) ... then what did he do? .. Satan followed his distortion with an outright denial of God's Word: "You surely shall not die!" (3:4). He implied that God lied when He said that sin will result in death. Satan then went on to tell Eve that if she ate the fruit, she would in fact become like God Himself (v. 5). The implication is that God was withholding something good from Eve, and to keep her from seeking it, He intimidated her with empty threats of death and judgment.

Do you see the insidious nature of Satan's approach? Tragically, Eve didn't. Rather than trusting and obeying God, she believed Satan's lies and concluded that the tree was good for food, a delight to the eyes, and desirable to make one wise. Then "she took from its fruit and ate" (v. 6). Satan deceives and spreads his lies from generation to generation (2 Cor. 11:14). Although he is subtle, his attempts to discredit God by disputing, distorting, and denying His Word should be obvious to discerning Christians.

Don't be victimized by Satan's attacks. Become strong in the Word of God .. through systematic Bible study .. listening to preaching and teachings from God's Word through radio and broadcasts .. Yield to the Spirit's control through prayer and obedience to biblical principles .. Learn More .. Find More .. at: http://www.iaskgod.com/content/online-resources

Suggestions for Prayer
• Ask God for the discernment to recognize Satanic deceptions in your own life. .. and the wisdom to find and pursue God's truth.
• Pray for God's enabling of yourself .. as you discipline yourself for Bible study .. starting back to Church .. listening to His Word on radio or TV?

 

Strength and Power - The Parts of Prayer

Ephesians 3:14-21 (NIRV)

Paul Prays for God’s People

14 I bow in prayer to the Father because of my work among you. 15 From the Father his whole family in heaven and on earth gets its name.

16 I pray that he will use his glorious riches to make you strong. May his Holy Spirit give you his power deep down inside you. 17 Then Christ will live in your hearts because you believe in him.

And I pray that your love will have deep roots. I pray that it will have a strong foundation. 18 May you have power with all God’s people to understand Christ’s love. May you know how wide and long and high and deep it is. 19 And may you know his love, even though it can’t be known completely. Then you will be filled with everything God has for you.

20 God is able to do far more than we could ever ask for or imagine. He does everything by his power that is working in us. 21 Give him glory in the church and in Christ Jesus. Give him glory through all time and for ever and ever. Amen.

Are You Needing The Strength to Stand?

We know who our enemy is, and we may even be dressed for battle (Eph. 6:11). But we don’t feel ready. Our weaknesses seem large and our strength small.

To stand firm in this life, we need the power of our living Lord operating within us. To have God’s divine power released in us requires serious, sustained prayer (v. 18). When we communicate with the Father, His Holy Spirit will give us discernment so that we can recognize truths about spiritual warfare and gain insight into the adversary’s tactics (1 Cor. 2:14). Starting each morning with the Lord lets Him strengthen us to stand steadfastly for Christ, no matter what is in store for us that day.

Prayer is an essential element in our protection against the devil. If we are prayerless—that is, if we fail to seek God’s guidance and neglect to put on His armor by faith every day—then we will be defeated. Our understanding and vision apart from the Lord are too limited and the enemy is too powerful for us to stand alone. However, Romans 8:37 tells us that with God, we will be more than conquerors. He will make us ready if we draw close to Him through prayer, listen to His instructions, and follow through with obedience.

The enemy despises prayers that are offered through faith in Jesus Christ, because he has no defense against them. Persevering prayer strengthens you. It also crushes Satan’s might and sends him running (James 4:7). Drop to your knees in prayer to the Lord and watch what happens.

 

God’s Principles - The One about Reaping and Sowing

God’s Principles are not only true and without error, but very practical for daily living   - The One about Reaping and Sowing

Proverbs 12:14 make a simple .. yet profound statement - Many good things come from what a man says. And the work of his hands rewards him.

Galatians 6:7-10 (NIRV) says this:  7 Don’t be fooled. You can’t outsmart God. A man gathers a crop from what he plants. 8 Some people plant to please their sinful nature. From that nature they will harvest death. Others plant to please the Holy Spirit. From the Spirit they will harvest eternal life. 9 Let us not become tired of doing good. At the right time we will gather a crop if we don’t give up. 10 So when we can do good to everyone, let us do it. Let us make a special point of doing good to those who belong to the family of believers.

This passage contains an important scriptural truth: Our positive actions will ultimately benefit us, whereas our negative deeds will eventually bring harmful repercussions. This principle goes hand in hand with the "Golden Rule" - we are to treat others the way we want to be treated. The Lord calls us to be kind and respectful toward other people, even when they aren't easy to love. Admittedly, this can be difficult when an individual wrongs us continually. But if we give in to our flesh and retaliate, we are sowing seeds of corruption, and in due time, we will reap accordingly.

On the other hand, treating someone well, even after he has been unkind - will profit us. According to Scripture, we are “sowing to the Spirit” and will reap rewards. Some benefits may be supernatural and unknown to us at the time. Yet we know that obedience in this situation will facilitate forgiveness, build character, and develop endurance. No matter what the other person does, we always win when we walk in obedience with the Lord.

Think of all our relationship challenges - our Muslim friends and neighbors, the local Rescue Mission, or U-turn for Christ or similiar ministry where we can have a chance to witness and share God’s love in action with others. With Jesus' help .. we can sow seeds of love, joy, and peace that will yield a rich harvest for our own lives .. as well as for the other people with whom we share.

The Principle of Sowing and Reaping from Dr, Charles Stanley is well worth reading .. and worth even more if put into practice in daily living. Dr. Stanley calls it
Life Principle #6 .. "You reap what you sow, more than you sow, and later than you sow" .

Judges 2:1–4 - Today is the father of tomorrow.

What we are today is the result of what we have been thinking and the way we have lived in the past. Those who act wisely today will have wisdom in the future to make wise decisions. The same is true when we come to the subject of finances. Those who save wisely today will have plenty tomorrow. Those who spend everything they have today will have little or nothing in the future. It is a shortsighted person who thinks only of the now, doing as little as possible, for on payday he will have no way to avoid the poor quality and small quantity of his rewards. The nation of Israel had to learn this in a very personal way. Their waywardness and failure to do what God instructed them to do often placed them in a position where they would not have His blessings.

The Lord gives principles in Scripture to serve as warnings and as an encouragement. His Word states, “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap” (Gal. 6:7). This is an unalterable law that affects everyone in every area of life, family, work, and pleasure.

Every farmer understands the meaning of this principle: We reap what we sow, more than we sow, and later than we sow. Let’s look at each part of the principle to make sure we understand its full implications.

1. The principle applies to everyone, both Christians and non-Christians.- Muslims and Aetheists, Mormons and Catholics ..

This principle is irrevocable; there is no escape, either for the believer or for the unbeliever. It is a law of life.

Did you notice how Galatians 6:7 begins? It says, “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked.” Herein lies the root cause of the careless and indulgent lifestyle of many people. They are deceived. They either do not believe the truth, or they think they will somehow be the exceptions to God’s laws.

To mock God is to turn up one’s nose at Him, to hope to outwit Him—a foolish thought, as 2 Corinthians 5:10 reveals: “We must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.”

If you were required to appear before the judgment seat of Christ in the next five minutes, what kind of crops would you have to show?

The Principle of Sowing and Reaping

2. We reap what we sow.

The fact that we reap what we sow is good news for those who sow good habits, but a frightening thought for those currently involved in ungodly activities such as promiscuity, drug and alcohol abuse, neglect of family, or mistreatment of others in order to climb the ladder of success. We cannot sow crabgrass and expect to reap pineapples. We cannot sow disobedience to God and expect to reap His blessing. What we sow, we reap. Let us not deceive ourselves: We will reap the harvest of our lives.

3. We reap more than we sow.

Why do farmers plant their seed? Because they expect to harvest a great deal more than they sow. A single seed that sprouts can yield dozens, scores, even hundreds of seeds. It is the same way with both sin and righteousness—a small decision to do either good or bad reaps a much bigger crop, for either joy or sorrow.

Jesus used the picture of a sprouting seed to show that when we allow God’s Word to produce good things in us, the results multiply: “The one on whom seed was sown on the good soil, this is the man who hears the word and understands it; who indeed bears fruit and brings forth, some a hundredfold, some sixty, and some thirty” (Matt. 13:23). On the other side of the ledger, the prophet Hosea describes what awaits those who choose to sow seeds of wickedness: “They sow the wind and they reap the whirlwind” (Hos. 8:7).

4. We reap later than we sow.

Some are deceived because their present seed does not appear to be producing an immediate crop. So they continue down their course, mistakenly believing that there will never be a harvest. But unlike the crops of the field, which get harvested at approximately the same time each year, there is no regular timetable for the harvest of life. Some crops we reap quickly; others take a long time. But do not be deceived—their season will come. And by going the second mile now and giving more than is required, we will reap rich dividends later.

“For whatever a man sows, this he will also reap.” What a comforting and assuring thought to those who faithfully labor under difficult circumstances. Faithfulness in such situations will produce a rich harvest in the future, for our heavenly Father always keeps His promises.

Adapted from The Charles F. Stanley Life Principles Bible, © 2009.

Will The Five Pillars of Islam get me into heaven?

Question: "Can keeping the Five Pillars of Islam get me to heaven?"

Answer: Because God is just, He will punish sin – regardless of how well you keep the Five Pillars.

As a Muslim, you long to reach paradise after you die. But as a sinner, how will you escape God’s judgment? You may think, “My faithfulness in keeping the Five Pillars may outweigh my sins. Hopefully, God will admit me to paradise.”

You strive to keep the Five Pillars of Islam. Five times a day you kneel toward Mecca. The creed (shahadah) often forms on your lips. You bring no bread or water to your mouth during the daylight of Ramadan. You are saving up money for the pilgrimage to Mecca and are freely giving alms to the poor.

But still you question, “Is keeping the Five Pillars enough?”

Your conscience convicts you of failing God’s standard of holiness. How could the holy God accept to paradise someone stained with even a little sin?

Only one sin caused the first man’s downfall. Adam’s sin was not a “big sin” like adultery, murder, or blasphemy. By eating the forbidden fruit, Adam brought the curse of sin and death into the world.

Shall we escape? We who have dishonored our parents, lied to our neighbors, or cheated our customers (Exodus 20)? We sin routinely by putting selfish interests ahead of loving God (Matthew 22:36-40). We proudly overlook or excuse our sins. But God does not overlook or excuse any sin. He will judge every thought, word, and deed (Ecclesiastes 12:14; Matthew 12:36; Revelation 20:12-15).

God is a righteous Judge. Even on earth, a judge must punish sinners. A judge cannot pardon someone who has stolen just because the criminal claims to visit the mosque every Friday and fast during Ramadan. If sin goes unpunished, the law would be disregarded, and God would be dishonored.

God is the just Judge and will not let sin go unpunished, regardless of how well you keep God’s laws or how many good deeds you do. Keeping the Five Pillars cannot get you to heaven. You are a sinner according to God’s Word (Romans 3:23; 1 John 1:8).

The punishment for our sin is death—eternal death in hell. Our rightful home is hell. We need God’s mercy. But how can God be both merciful and just?

The Bible explains how God’s mercy fits with His justice: “For by works of the law no human being will be justified in [God’s] sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin. But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it–the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe” (Romans 3:20-22a).

Keeping the law cannot get us to heaven. Instead, the law reveals our sin. God’s justice requires eternal death in hell for sin, but His mercy provides eternal life in heaven through faith in Jesus. “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23).

As the eternal Son of God, Jesus is one with God the Father. God sent His Son to earth to become man, but Jesus never ceased being God. Born by the power of the Holy Spirit to the virgin Mary, Jesus didn’t inherit Adam’s sin nature. Jesus is called the second Adam (1 Corinthians 15:22). While Adam’s one disobedience brought the curse of sin on the world, Jesus’ perfect life brings the hope of paradise to those who trust in Him.

Jesus took the punishment for sin—death—by dying on the cross on behalf of believing sinners. Then, Jesus rose from the dead, showing He conquered sin and death.

Don’t try to take care of sin on your own. Turn from sin in repentance and turn to Jesus in faith (Luke 24:46-47; Ephesians 2:8-9; Romans 3:21-31; Galatians 3:6-14). God forgives believing sinners and gives them eternal life in heaven.

God may be working in your heart, showing you your sin and need for Jesus. Receive God’s gift of eternal life! Trust Jesus as your crucified Savior and follow Him as your resurrected Lord!

Read more: http://www.gotquestions.org/five-pillars-Islam.html#ixzz3C27QTrWR
 

Ever have feelings of hopelessness? discouragment? distress?

Sometimes, when life is not exactly as we hoped it would be - we begin to despair ..
or lose hope, have deep feelings of hopelessness  .. become disheartened .. discouraged .. deeply distressed, .. and we anguish internally about our situations ..  which lead us to unhappiness, despondency, depression ... feeling very alone and lonely.

Philippians 4:19-20 (NIRV) .. 19 My God will meet all your needs. He will meet them in keeping with his wonderful riches that come to you because you belong to Christ Jesus. 20 Give glory to our God and Father for ever and ever. Amen.

Every need we will experience in life is already met in Christ Jesus .. By His power, God has prepared blessings to fill each of our needs in His perfect timing. The biggest mistake we tend to make is that we do not need Jesus Christ .. we can handle it all on our own .. or better yet, we tend to listen to Satan tell us in our doubts - Why Turn To Jesus, You're Nobody .. Jesus does not have time for you .. or your problem. JUST REMEMBER THIS .. Satan is The Father of Lies! .. No Exceptions .. No Matter How Good He Tries To Make Things Look!

Sometimes, when life is not exactly as we hoped it would be, we begin to despair ..  We think that we must have certain things in a particular time frame .. but the Lord Our God - knows better. Sometimes a need in our life, whether it is physical, spiritual, relational, emotional, or financial - it may exist because the Lord Our God - is trying to get our attention... trying to have a conversation with you or me ..

He wants us to focus on Him so that He can correct our thinking .. or maybe change the path we are on .. God Our Father desires that we experience abundance .. but He knows we cannot enjoy blessing until He has been allowed to work in our life. Think of yourself as a part of the "fruit tree" .. maybe part of the "tree of life" ... we must be pruned according to God's Word .. and sometimes the cutting back and pruning hurts .. but it is always followed by a more bountiful harvest.

Think about this, as a result of modern scientific discovery - Scientists have shown that the main shoot dominates a plant's growth principally because it was there first, rather than due to its position at the top of the plant. The discovery helps explain why pruning encourages plants to thrive.

At other times, the way we approach God may be what hinders His promised blessings. Perhaps our prayers reflect feelings of inferiority and insecurity, though as members of God’s family, we have absolutely no reason to come crawling like a beggar to our Father. He wants His children to come with confidence, anticipating the blessings He longs to give! .. if you tend to doubt this in any way .. please spend some time here at .. http://www.iaskgod.com/the-lords-prayer - and learn what Jesus Taught His Closest Friends when they asked Him? - Lord teach us To Pray?

Do not misunderstand ... We can expect blessings, but we cannot dictate when or how or what they should be. God knows what’s best and is intently interested in our well-being. And while He does not promise ease, God is certainly steadfast in providing us spiritual comfort and meeting our every need. Look in anticipation; He will do something far beyond what you could have imagined. Learn more about Who God Is .. what are His Charachter Traits ..

Learn meanings of God's Name here: http://www.iaskgod.com/content/names-god

Who Is Jesus .. What Difference Can His Name Make Today?

Jesus is the “image of the invisible God.”

Who is this Jesus? It’s a question that has been asked by countless individuals for more than two millennia. And, to be sure, it is the most important question that can ever be asked — or answered. How would I reply? ... He is The ONE who "was" .. and "IS" .. and The One Who Is to come again.

Some will say ..  “He’s my Savior.” But is He more? ..  “Well, He’s the Lord.” But is He more? .. Yes, He is far more indeed. Jesus did something for us that had never been done before: He enabled us to see the Father in a new way. In Colossians 1:15, Paul explains that Jesus is the “image of the invisible God.”

No one has ever looked upon the face of the Almighty. In the Old Testament, some people found themselves in His presence, but they were never able to look fully upon His glory. For example, even Moses, who is described as God’s friend (Ex. 33:11), could not look directly at Him. At best, he had the opportunity to look upon “God’s back” as the Lord passed by. But Moses never saw His face (vv. 18-23).

However, Jesus came to bridge the gap between the Father’s pure, holy glory and mankind’s sinful nature. As God’s “image,” Jesus is the exact, flawless replica — the perfect reflection — One In Being .. with His Father. Therefore, Jesus could say, “He who has seen Me has seen the Father” (John 14:9).

How do we know what the heavenly Father is like? .. By knowing Jesus. He is the only full expression and explanation of God. Now are you prepared to answer the question?

Then ask the Father to reveal His Son to you in a fresh way today.

The Bible .. and "Prophetic Wars" .. are we witnessing this today?

Most prophetic scholars have long believed that the next great end time war will be the War of "Gog & Magog" ..  that is described in Ezekiel 38 and 39. This, for example, is a Biblical Prophecy of War that many believe will start when Russia invades Israel with certain specified allies - all of whom are Muslim nations today. This is not some part of "Ripley's Believe It or Not" .. but what God says in the Bible ..

The FACTS OF LIFE TODAY .. some folks with "NO JESUS"  ... as a part of their beliefs ..

The Islamic State (IS)Arabic: الدولة الإسلامية‎ ad-Dawlah l-ʾIslāmiyyah), formerly the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL /ˈaɪsɪl/) or the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS /ˈaɪsɪs/),is a Sunni jihadist group in the Middle East. In its self-proclaimed status as a caliphate, it claims religious authority over all Muslims across the world and aspires to bring much of the Muslim-inhabited regions of the world under its political control, beginning with Iraq and Syria and territory in the Levant region, which includes Jordan, Israel, Palestine, Lebanon, Cyprus and an area in southern Turkey that includes Hatay. It has been designated as a foreign terrorist organization by the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Indonesia, and Saudi Arabia, and has been labeled by the United Nations and Western and Middle Eastern media as a terrorist organization. The United Nations has accused the Islamic State of committing "mass atrocities" and war crimes.

Do a "double-take" today .. read two different Biblical Versions ..

THE REALITY OF  .. "KNOWING JESUS" ... Colossians 1:15-20 (NASB)

15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him. 17 He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. 18 He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything. 19 For it was the Father’s good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him, 20 and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven.

Colossians 1:15-20 (NIRV) .. Christ Is Far Above Everything

15 Christ is the exact likeness of God, who can’t be seen. He is first, and he is over all of creation. 16 All things were created by him. He created everything in heaven and on earth. He created everything that can be seen and everything that can’t be seen. He created kings, powers, rulers and authorities. Everything was created by him and for him. 17 Before anything was created, he was already there. He holds everything together. 18 And he is the head of the body, which is the church. He is the beginning. He is the first to be raised from the dead. That happened so that he would be far above everything. 19 God was pleased to have his whole nature living in Christ. 20 God was pleased to bring all things back to himself because of what Christ has done. That includes all things on earth.

We may not know all there is to "KNOW" .. about all that is hapening in our world today .. but one thing for sure that we do "know" about JESUS is this .. http://www.iaskgod.com/content/thought-conditioner-2

 

 

 

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