Be Encouraged Older Saints of God; God Is Not Finished with Us Yet.


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This morning I had a wonderful quiet time with Jesus.  After prayer and intercession, and after putting the final touches upon the Sunday school lesson that I will be teaching on Sunday, I asked God for something personal.   I asked Him for a word from Him for me.  Although I know that He and He alone holds my future, I wanted something from the Scriptures that I could hold throughout this day.  The passage of Scripture that He took me to was Psalms 71: 17-20.  Not only does this word have enough “juice” in it to carry me through this day, but it is powerful enough to carry me for the rest of my natural life.  In addition, God encouraged me to encourage others with this scripture.  Let’s look at the Scripture that God gave me.

Psalms 71:17-20 (KJV) 17 O God, thou hast taught me from my youth: and hitherto have I declared thy wondrous works. 18 Now also when I am old and gray-headed, O God, forsake me not; until I have shewed thy strength unto this generation, and thy power to every one that is to come. 19 Thy righteousness also, O God, is very high, who hast done great things: O God, who is like unto thee! 20 Thou, which hast shewed me great and sore troubles, shalt quicken me again, and shalt bring me up again from the depths of the earth.

My first reaction was OMG! David must have made the same request of God that I did, because this first verse uses words that describe my life experiences with God.

 17 O God, thou hast taught me from my youth: and hitherto have I declared thy wondrous works.

As I look back over my life I can clearly see God’s handiwork.  Even in the midst of extreme poverty, a racially prejudiced society and being raised by grandparents, God taught me from my youth many of the things that I live by today.  And, in my latter years, I have declared the wondrous works of God to the best of my ability.  In spite of the three little books that I have written; a blog that extols the goodness of God that has been viewed by at least one person in 98 of the 196 countries on earth; a podcast that preaches the gospel of deliverance; and a 47 year career of service to my fellow man as a nurse, I know that there has to be more that I can do for my Lord.

The Bible says in Luke 12:48 (KJV) 48 … For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required:

It is certainly true that God has been good to me.  You have to know my story to understand my praise.  Only those who know where He brought me from can understand how much I love Him.  They alone realize why it is my cry to God to Use me O God in your service! And now I see that David, in the 18th verse of Ps. 71 cried the same thing when he said:

18 Now also when I am old and gray-headed, O God, forsake me not; until I have shewed thy strength unto this generation, and thy power to every one that is to come.

Some of the quotes about old age from Wikipedia include the following:

Old age comprises the later part of life; the period of life after youth and middle age… In the 4th century BC, Plato divided the human lifespan into six phases, the last two constituting ‘Old Age’ (the ages of 62-79) and ‘Advanced Age’ (80-)…Hair usually becomes thinner and grayer…Pain afflicts old people at least 25% of the time, increasing with age up to 80% for those in nursing homes…Diminished eyesight makes it more difficult to read in low lighting and in smaller print. Speed with which an individual reads and the ability to locate objects may also be impaired.

Considering these and other definitions of what comprises old age the picture could be considered bleak if we focus on the negative side of the story.  But we must also consider the fact that not everyone is blessed to attain to the state of old age.  If we reach it then we should be praising God.  Based on my years on planet Earth I certainly qualify to be a member of this category, grey hair, pain and all.  But I, like David, ask God to:

  1. Not forsake me.
  2. To allow me to show God’s strength to his current generation and
  3. To allow me to show God’s power to everyone that is to come.

God spoke to me some years ago and said that He had given me an “end time ministry”.  Later He clarified His words to mean that I would have a ministry at the end of time, at the end of their time (meaning a ministry to the elderly, the sick, the dying and to others who are close to the end of their time on earth) and the end of my time (meaning my latter years).  So now that I am officially of old age I cry out to God that the time of my ministry has come and I humbly bow to His perfect will for the rest of my life.

I pray that You, O Mighty and Holy God, will use this vessel of clay for Your glory and Your honor.  Have thine own way in my life O God, for there is none other like You!  I look not at the few things that have been accomplished, but ask that in spite of my old age that You will be glorified through me.  I want to be able to show your strength to this current generation, as well as to those who are to come. 

As I was seeking God, He dropped into my spirit that these things are accomplished by sharing God’s word verbally and in writing to this generation and in writing for future generations.  In addition, what I am to do is to encourage those of this generation, particularly my fellow “old age” peers, who have the ability to communicate in writing, to do so.  While this generation needs our testimonies, future generations will need them even more.  These are the words of encouragement that God gave me for my ‘old age” peers:

America, as well as the entire world, is teetering on the precipice of a paradigm shift.  The Cambridge Dictionaries Online defines a paradigm shift as a time when the usual and accepted way of doing or thinking about something changes completely.  In a very few short years our world will look very different than it does today.  The life of freedom and open worship of our God that we who live for God enjoy today will sound like a fairy tale in the near future.  It is our responsibility to share what is real about our lives and our love for God so that it is preserved for our progeny.  They will need the encouragement to live holy that we are able to give them based on the fact that we lived holy.

Saints, writers, teachers, preachers, prophets and prophetesses, we have the precious gift of salvation in our earthen vessels.  Those of us who are living holy hold a precious word that will cause others to live for God and escape the damnation of hell.  Saints of God, when God speaks to you, write it and share it.  That’s what I have done today.  Let’s bless someone else with our experiences in God so that they will know that He is real.  They need to know that He loves them just as He loves us and that they too can go to Heaven when they die.  Then, when old age comes their way they will understand their continued responsibility to preach and teach the gospel of Jesus Christ.  When God speaks a word in our ear we must declare it from the rooftop.

Matthew 10:27 (KJV) 27 What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops.

When God speaks to his vessels, it may seem very natural because it comes through our spirits and into our natural minds.  It may seem as though “everybody ought to know that”.  But the truth of the matter is, everybody will not know what God has spoken to you.  You must tell them.  God spoke to Habakkuk and told him to write what He said so that the word could be preserved.

Habakkuk 2:2-3 (KJV) 2 And the Lord answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. 3 For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.

The 20th verse of the Scripture that God gave me this morning states:

20 Thou, which hast shewed me great and sore troubles, shalt quicken me again, and shalt bring me up again from the depths of the earth.

God has indeed shown me and many others that great troubles are coming upon the face of the earth soon.  But even if the worse possible events happen to us He will indeed quicken or make us alive again; we who are saved will live with Him forever.  Meanwhile, we must continue to pray so that the hand of the enemy is stayed and one more soul is able to make it in through our ministry.  Older saints, it’s not over until God says it’s over; let’s continue to work for the Lord!

Saints, It’s Time to Pray as Daniel Prayed


A decision to openly disobey the Bible will place our country directly in the path of the Wrath of God.

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God’s Plan of Salvation


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Get On Board!!!

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– From “Free Bus Tickets to Heaven” (An Open Invitation to Salvation for my Family and Friends) by A L Evans.

Good Morning everyone.  In many of my posts I have reviewed God’s Plan of SalvationHowever, we can never get enough of the good news of Jesus Christ, so here it is again.  if you are not saved, it is my prayer that you will be saved before it is everlastingly too late.  Jesus really is soon to come.  If you have any discernment at all you are aware that this world is growing more and more wicked everyday.  A change is coming very soon and you want to be on the winning side when it occurs.

Jesus wants all people to hear the gospel and to have an opportunity to be saved.  Fortunately, the Plan of Salvation is very simple.  God created Adam so that He could enjoy fellowship…

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Now That the Alarm Has Sounded…What’s Next?


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      Some of us are very stirred about the things that we see coming upon the earth and are seeking God about what we are to do now that He has our attention.  Upon awakening this morning the Lord began to speak to me about the things to do now that we are aware that His wrath is soon to fall.

  1. We must make sure that we are ready to meet the Lord because some of us may be “hit”   by some of the things that are coming upon the face of the earth. We must have no spots, blemishes or wrinkles or any such things.  We must get the beams out of our own eye to assure that we can help others with their motes.

Ephesians 5:27 (KJV) 27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.

Matthew 7:4-5 (KJV)
4 Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?
5 Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.

2.  Next, prepare those who are closest to us, then move on to others.

Acts 1:8 (KJV) 8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

  1. Draw even closer to God through study of his Word and through prayer.  We must expand and deepen our relationship with God.

James 4:8 (KJV) 8 Draw nigh to God, and He will draw nigh to you.

  1. Pray, pray, pray for America and the world.

Jeremiah 29:12-13 (KJV) 12 Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. 13 And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.

  1. Help as many others into the ark of safety as we can.

Luke 22:32 (KJV) 32 But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.

God bless us all as we wait on further instructions from the Lord.

 

Evangelist ALE

 

SOUNDING THE ALARM


Isaiah 58:1 (KJV) 1 Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins.

shutterstock_61709209 For years we have been warned that this day would come!  For decades we who are alive have been told that we are in the closing hours of time.  We believed it…but we didn’t really believe it.  Well, guess what.  We are officially in the closing hours.  If there is anyone that you want, no, need to be saved, now is the time.  Saints, we are officially the DOOMSDAY preachers that we have heard so much about.  If you have wondered when we need to cry aloud and spare not, now is the time.  RUN! CRY! Share the gospel.  Get as many saved as possible!  WE ARE IN The CLOSING HOURS.  IF you are a prophet or prophetess-Prophesy.  An evangelist?  Evangelize.  If you have been busy teaching…re-double your efforts.  If you have wondered what God would have you to do… do the work of an evangelist while you seek Him for your specific instructions.  Turn that TV off if you are not gathering information to further your salvation efforts.  If all you are doing is entertaining yourself it is only wasting your time.  Forget about the movies.  They are simply time wasters that are filling your head with doctrines of devils.  Pray, seek God about where to go and what to do to get the people into the ark of safety…but do it now!

If you have an Apostle you are blessed.  If you have a good Pastor who is preaching the truth, boost him up.  Pray for him and support him.  He hears from God and receives daily instructions concerning you and your soul.  If not, get in a church that is doing the work of the Lord.  For those who are on the edge concerning whether or not to live holy you need to get right or get out of the way.  We love you but the shift has to change from begging you to do what is right to focusing on those who have never heard the gospel message or those who never really understood the gospel.   WE ARE SOUNDING THE ALARM!  REPENT! REPENT!! REPENT!!!  Jesus is coming!  Jesus is coming!  Don’t die in your sins because you will wake up in Hell!  Get right! Get right! Get right!

Matthew 3:2 (KJV) …Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

Romans 10:13-15 (KJV) 13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. 14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? 15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!

1 Corinthians 15:51-52 (KJV) 51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

A Glimmer of Hope for America


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Pray, pray, somebody pray! Judgment has fallen and the horrible outcome for our nation is near.

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Jeremiah 18:6-10 (KJV)
6 O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? saith the Lord. Behold, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are ye in mine hand, O house of Israel.
7 At what instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to pluck up, and to pull down, and to destroy it;
8 If that nation, against whom I have pronounced, turn from their evil, I will repent of the evil that I thought to do unto them.
9 And at what instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to build and to plant it;
10 If it do evil in my sight, that it obey not my voice, then I will repent of the good, wherewith I said I would benefit them.

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For Every Problem That You Face, God Has the Solution…


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For Every Problem That You Face, God Has the Solution…

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We live in a day and time that is fraught with problems.  A problem, according to Dictionary.com, is any question or matter that involves doubt, uncertainty or difficulty.  It is a  perceived gap between the existing state and a desired state, or a deviation from a norm, standard, or status quo.  It is a gap between what is and how we would like things to be.  Dictionary .com further states that although many problems turn out to have several solutions (the means to close the gap or correct the deviation), difficulties arise where such means are either not obvious or are not immediately available.  In other words, there is an answer to the problem out there, but for some reason you either can’t come up with the answer or you don’t have the means to get to the answer.

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“Lord, I Need a Breakthrough! ”


There are several definitions for the term Breakthrough.   The online dictionary, Yourdictionary.com presents several meanings for this expression.  Some of them are:    overcoming something and having an achievement; the act, result, or place of breaking through against resistance, as in warfare; a strikingly important advance or discovery; an act of overcoming or penetrating an obstacle or restriction; a military offensive that penetrates an enemy’s lines of defense; and a major achievement or success that permits further progress, as in technology.  Several of these definitions are related to the way that the expression is used in Christian circles, but do not quite mean the same thing.  When a Saint says, “Lord, I need a breakthrough” what they are asking for is different than the definitions that are previously presented.

So exactly what is a spiritual breakthrough?  A spiritual breakthrough is a total change in the circumstances surrounding one’s life.  It is a situation in which God’s intervention is required.  The expression, “If God does not do it, it cannot be done” applies here.  The saint is aware that he or she is totally dependent upon God to change their situation.  Whether there is a spiritual door that needs to be opened, an answer from God is needed or a mountain that needs to be moved, God can give you that breakthrough. I’m reminded that the Prophet Daniel, though he was a great man of God, had his answer from God held up by Satan.  Daniel, in the 10th chapter of the Book of Daniel sought God for three weeks.  God dispatched both Gabriel, His messenger angel, as well as Michael, His warrior angel, to make sure that Daniel received his breakthrough.  If you seek Him as you should He will give you your breakthrough, too.

Let’s look at a couple of situations in which a breakthrough was needed.  In both cases God showed Himself mighty and strong in response to the cry of his saints who sought him, asked in faith and believed that a change would come with nothing wavering.

Jeremiah 29:13 (KJV)                                                                                                                                                                                                                      13 And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.

Exodus 15:26 (KJV)
26 And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the Lord thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the Lord that healeth thee.

Scenario 1:  A young man, OLS, experienced the rupture of an aortic aneurysm due to severe high blood pressure.  He had emergency surgery and the aneurysm was successfully repaired.  He did well for several years but was found in the emergency room again with severe unrelenting chest pain.  The diagnosis was even more devastating this time.  The aneurysm had extended further down into his chest area and the surgeon who repaired it the first time was unable to perform the surgery this time.  The location of the aneurysm made it so difficult to reach that it appeared that there was no hope.  But his family was no ordinary group of people.  These were saints of the most High God who knew Him to be a miracle worker.  They cried out to God for a breakthrough!

When the doctor told the family this crushing news they felt the weight of despair, but they refused to believe that there was no hope for the young man.  The doctor then told them that there was only one medical team in the country that would be able to perform the surgery without the outcome of paralysis of his legs and/or death.  The doctor then told them that this top notch surgical team was located in Houston, TX, not New York or California.  Breakthrough #1:  The team was located only 240 miles away and in the very city where the young man’s father, grandparents and many other family members lived.  He had a team of loving, caring and praying family members in Houston!  The family was told that if the Houston team could do the surgery on an emergent basis and if the young man could be transported there without further extension of the aneurysm, it was possible that his life could be saved.  Time was of the essence.  Breakthrough #2 came when the family was told that the surgical team of Dr. Michael deBakey, the doctor who created the surgical technique, would be able to perform the surgery.  The family was then told that the young man needed to be air evacuated to Houston right away but the family was asked to produce thousands of dollars immediately.  This sent a new shock wave through the family.  As they all got their heads together on how they could come up with the money in the most expeditious manner, the hospital Social Worker ran to them to say, “Forget about the money, you will not have to pay a dime.”  They were preparing him for transport at that moment. The family gave God a great praise because they knew that the miracles that they were experiencing were because of God’s intervention.  What a breakthrough!  The outcome of this whole event was that the young man got to Houston without further extension of the aneurysm; he had the surgery which was very successful and lived for years following these events.  He is in heaven now but he was given an extension so that he could be saved and filled with the Holy Ghost.  Glory to God!

Scenario 2:  This second scenario actually piggy backs onto the first Scenario.  A 55 year old fire fighter and father of five, WL, had been diagnosed as having a severe heart condition.  He was told that his years of smoking had caused him to need a heart transplant.  Because of his age and his inability to stop smoking it did not appear that he was a good candidate for a heart transplant but his name was added to the list.  The man was not saved and it appeared that his time was about up on planet earth.  He had even had a cardiac arrest but God gave him his life back.  But this man had saved family members who refused to give up on him.  His two sisters were ministers, one an Evangelist and the other a Missionary.  They spoke to him again about the goodness of Jesus as they had on many occasions.  This time he really listened.  The Lord saved him and filled him with the Holy Ghost and instantly delivered him from smoking.  This man was actually the uncle of the young man in Scenario 1.  When the surgery was successfully performed on OLS, the young man’s mother and aunt were so excited about what God had done, they drove the 50 miles from Houston to where WL lived.  They called his children and their spouses and the grandchildren together and cried out to God for a breakthrough for WL.  Their faith was high because of the series of miracles that they had experienced with OLS.  That night God moved in that living room in such a profound way that they knew that God had heard and answered prayer.  The breakthrough that they sought God for came that night!  The sisters traveled the 50 miles back to Houston to be near OLS in Scenario 1 as he recovered from his surgery.  At midnight the sisters received a phone call.  WL and his wife had received a call from the doctors and were told to be at the hospital in 45 minutes.  They had a new heart for him and he would receive his transplant that night.  WL and his wife made it to the hospital in 30 minutes.  When they arrived they were told that his physicians were traveling to Dallas by plane to Dallas, TX to pick up his new heart.  (This was the same city where OLS of Scenario 1 traveled from).  That night the former firefighter received his transplant and lived successfully for many years.  Most of all he lived for and loved God the rest of his life.

By now, you may be wondering how I know so many of the intimate details concerning these two scenarios.  The young man in Scenario 1 was my son and only child.  His uncle, of course, was my second brother.  They are both in heaven now and I feel very confident that I will see them again when I get there.  I love God so much for the miracles that He gave to both of them.  I can stand in the truth of the Scriptures that if you will trust Him He will do what you ask Him to do.  You must never give up simply because a situation looks difficult.  There is nothing too hard for the Lord.

Jeremiah 32:27 (KJV)
27 Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me?

That Scripture literally means what it says.  There is NOTHING that is too hard for God.  Is your problem, spiritual, physical mental, emotional, or financial?  Whatever it is, give it to the Lord and He will work it out.  Keep praying and He will give you your breakthrough.

Before I close I would like to pray for you.  Let’s you and I join our hearts and hands across the miles.

Dear Heavenly Father,

Lord You are the master of every situation and we know that there is nothing too hard for You .  You are our God and we love you with our whole hearts.  Lord, I lift my brother and sister up before you now.  Even as you have opened many doors that were closed in my face I pray now that you will open doors for them.  You see their individual situations O God and I’m asking You to work them out.  Make the crooked paths straight.  Increase their faith in You and encourage their hearts now O God.  If a miracle is needed, supply that miracle.  If comfort is needed, supply that comfort.  Whatever the need may be meet it for them O God.  Let Your presence and anointing overshadow them now.  Please allow this humble prayer to serve as the point of contact that they need in order to receive their breakthrough.  Let them know that You have heard their prayers and that You have seen their tears.  Show yourself Mighty and strong in their lives.  In the matchless name of Jesus Christ, the One who died for our sins, do we pray.  Amen and Amen!

Where Saints Spend Eternity (Ps. 37:27)


shutterstock_61876078GM Everyone.  I have been asked on more than one occasion where the saints will live following the Millenium, where the natural people will come from that will inhabit the earth and other questions along these lines.  I researched the questions and came up with some thrilling and exciting information.  The Dakes Bible (Psalms Notes, page 104) (along with others) provides the following explanation.  (I wrote out [most of] the Scriptures that the Dakes Bible alluded to so that we could read them for ourselves).  This is a very long post but the information is so important that I am presenting it here with most of the Scriptures written for you.  I have made no other changes to the commentary taken from the Dakes Bible. Comments that are in bold letters are directly taken from that reference.  Your comments are welcome, even if you have a different take on the subject.  I haven’t completed my study along these lines so your (referenced) thoughts will be considered…maybe.

Where Saints Spend Eternity (Ps. 37:27)

The modern church theory that saints are to spend eternity in heaven is nowhere taught in Scripture.  All saints will be translated and will stay in heaven until they come back with Jesus at His 2nd advent.  (Zechariah 14:5; Jude 14).

Zechariah 14:5 (KJV)
5 And ye shall flee to the valley of the mountains; for the valley of the mountains shall reach unto Azal: yea, ye shall flee, like as ye fled from before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah: and the Lord my God shall come, and all the saints with thee.

Jude 1:14 (KJV)
14 And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints,

Then they will reign on earth with Christ. (Rev. 20: 4-10) but continue to live with Him in the new Jerusalem in heaven until it is moved from heaven to the new earth.  (Rev. 21:2; 9-10).

Revelation 20:4-10 (KJV)
4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
5 But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.
6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.
7 And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison,
8 And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.
9 And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.
10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.

Revelation 21:2 (KJV)
2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

Revelation 21:9-10 (KJV)
9 And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb’s wife.
10 And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God,

Saints will go back and forth from heaven to earth during the 1,000 years, then live eternally with God in the new earth.   (Rev. 21-22). (Please read both chapters).  The natural people who will go from the tribulation into the Millennium will continue to live in the new earth as the subjects of Christ and the resurrected saints forever, if they do not rebel with Satan at the end of the Millennium (Rev. 20:7-10). 

Revelation 20:7-10 (KJV)
7 And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison,
8 And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.
9 And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.
10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.

They will live forever by virtue of the tree of life (Rev. 22:2) and not be changed of body from mortality to immortality as the resurrected saints.  (1Corinthians 15: 35-54; Phil. 3:21).

Revelation 22:2 (KJV)
2 In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.

1 Corinthians 15:35-54 (KJV)
35 But some man will say, How are the dead raised up? and with what body do they come?
36 Thou fool, that which thou sowest is not quickened, except it die:
37 And that which thou sowest, thou sowest not that body that shall be, but bare grain, it may chance of wheat, or of some other grain:
38 But God giveth it a body as it hath pleased him, and to every seed his own body.
39 All flesh is not the same flesh: but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, and another of birds.
40 There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another.
41 There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars: for one star differeth from another star in glory.
42 So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption:
43 It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power:
44 It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.
45 And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.
46 Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.
47 The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven.
48 As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly.
49 And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.
50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.
51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.

Philippians 3:21 (KJV)
21 Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.

Both classes of human beings-the resurrected ones and the natural ones will inhabit the earth forever. (v. 9, 11, 18, 29, 34;  Gen. 8:22; 9:12; 17:8; Is. 9:6-7; Dan. 2:44-45; 7:13-14; 18,27; Zech. 14; Matt. 5:5; Luke 1:32-33; Rev. 11:15; 22:4-5.

Psalms 37:8-9 (KJV)
9 For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the Lord, they shall inherit the earth.

Psalms 37:11 (KJV)
11 But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.

Psalms 37:18 (KJV)
18 The Lord knoweth the days of the upright: and their inheritance shall be for ever.

Psalms 37:29 (KJV)
29 The righteous shall inherit the land, and dwell therein for ever.

Psalms 37:34 (KJV)
34 Wait on the Lord, and keep his way, and he shall exalt thee to inherit the land: when the wicked are cut off, thou shalt see it.

Genesis 8:22 (KJV)
22 While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.

Genesis 9:12 (KJV)
12 And God said, This is the token of the covenant which I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations:

Genesis 17:8 (KJV)
8 And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.

Isaiah 9:6 (KJV)
6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

Isaiah 9:7 (KJV)
7 Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.

Daniel 2:43-45 (KJV)
44 And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.
45 Forasmuch as thou sawest that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it brake in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold; the great God hath made known to the king what shall come to pass hereafter: and the dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof sure.

Daniel 7:13-14 (KJV)
13 I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him.
14 And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.

Daniel 7:18 (KJV)
18 But the saints of the most High shall take the kingdom, and possess the kingdom for ever, even for ever and ever.

Daniel 7:27 (KJV)
27 And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him.

Zech. 14 (Read the chapter)

Daniel 7:27 (KJV)
27 And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him.

Matthew 5:5 (KJV)
5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.

Luke 1:31-33 (KJV)
31 And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS.
32 He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David:
33 And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.


Revelation 11:15 (KJV)
15 And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.

Revelation 22:3-5 (KJV)
3 And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him:
4 And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads.
5 And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.

My closing thoughts:  Many people don’t think  about life beyond the Millennium but really, that’s when eternity future actually begins.  Human beings who are alive today have a unique opportunity to live with our heavenly Father and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ forever.  We will also get to rule and reign with them.  Why miss this amazing opportunity simply because you have not been delivered from sin?  Today is the day of salvation.  Repent and be saved!

The Death Grip of Sin: Are You Holding onto It, or Does It Have a Hold on You?


The Death Grip of Sin: Are You Holding onto It, or Does It Have a Hold on You?.

The Consequences of Wrongful Living – The Continuing Rise of STD’s Among Our Young People Part I


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Statements that Holiness preachers frequently hear from those who live a life of sin are, “You’re judging me!”; “Leave me alone.”  “Only God can judge me”.  Of course the first statement is wrong because sin is already judged by God.  Ministers are simply the messengers who are trying to help sinners avoid the Lake of fire which is the ultimate outcome of sin.  When sinners make the statement about God’s judging their sins they are usually referring to the Great White Throne Judgment when sinners, death, and Hell will be thrown into the Lake of Fire.  What sinners may not realize is that a form of God’s judgment has already fallen on the earth.  One of the agents that God uses to show mankind that it is living a misguided life is known as Sexually Transmitted Diseases or STD’s. If people would just acknowledge the truth, they already know that sex outside of marriage is already condemned.  Yet mankind continues to row their little boats, doing their own thing and screaming louder than the voice of reason and the voices of ministers so that they don’t hear the truth.  Recently I had the opportunity to talk to a group of students from age 13 years and up about the scourge of STDs in a seminar entitled:  The Consequences of Wrongful Living-the Continuing Rise of STD’s Among Our Youth.  I have decided to share the seminar in my blog so that others might be able to see the hand of God and His judgement of sexual sins.

Today’s post is Part I of a II Part series.  The best resource for this presentation is the website of the Centers for Disease Control:  WWW.CDC.gov.  In addition, I found a book by Anita Nelson, M.D. and JoAnn Woodward, RNC, BSN, NP, entitled Sexually Transmitted Diseases A Practical Guide for Primary Care to be most helpful.  Information was shared from my book, Strolling through a Rose Garden Called Life-Living Holy from Birth to Death, published in 2011 by Xulon Press.  Many of my examples were taken from my own personal experiences as a Holiness preacher, speaker and author, Clinical Nurse Specialist, School Nurse Practitioner and RN for the past 46 years.

Part I

By the time young people graduate from high school, almost two-thirds have had sex. Nearly 40 percent of sexually active students did not use a condom the last time they had sex, and one in five drank alcohol or took drugs before their last sexual intercourse. Such risky sexual behaviors can have serious health consequences.  The 2013 CDC report states that:

  1. Approximately 26 percent of all new HIV diagnoses are among young people aged 13–24 years.
  2. Teens and young adults have the highest rates of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) of any age group. Americans aged 15-24 make up just 27% of the sexually active population, yet they account for 50% of all new cases of STD’s.  Looking at all new cases by disease, the youth make up 70% of new gonorrhea cases, 63% of Chlamydia; 49% of HPV, 45% of Genital Herpes; and 20% of new syphilis cases.

ƒ     3.  Three in ten young women become pregnant before they reach the age of 20.

Young people, some of you may not be at all surprised at these numbers because these are the people that you walk and talk with every day.  These are the real life and real people issues that you have to deal with.  We want you to know that here we value you and your stand for Christ.  You are holy and clean young people who love God and it is your desire to have Him pleased with your life.   What we intend to do with this seminar is to equip you with the information that you need to withstand the fiery darts of the devil.  We want each of you to be able to stand against the wiles of the enemy and against your own flesh.  Remember that the devil is not your only enemy; you also have the flesh to deal with.  But you can do it with the help of the Lord. 

Activity

Let’s take a few minutes to socialize.  I want you to get up, get out of your seat and meet and greet as many people as you can within the next three minutes.  Shake hands, quick side hug, or say “hello”.  Go all over the room if you need to and greet your neighbors.  Then, when you’re finished, please return to your seats. 

Did you enjoy that few minutes of greeting?  Now, if the people on the first row would please stand.  If anyone shook hands with this group please stand up. (This activity continued until nearly everyone was on his or her feet).  Please note that almost everyone is standing.  This is how a communicable disease or a disease that is “catchy” is spread.  And if the front row people had an STD and were in intimate contact with other people in the room, eventually everyone in the room could be affected by it.  I noticed that a few of you caught on to what the activity was all about.  You refused to stand up because you did not want the stigma of having touched an individual although you really had.  That also happens in individuals with STDs.  Very often they have an STD, have passed it on to someone else, but refuse to tell anyone because they just don’t want the stigma that is involved.

Introduction of Topic

You should be at least thirteen to be in this seminar because I’m going to be open with facts and stats that younger people might not be ready to hear.  You should all know by now that God ordained sex between a man and a woman in a marriage relationship.  He said in Hebrews 13:4 (KJV) 4 Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge. There is a tendency for young people to think that sex and sexual intimacy started when you became a teenager, but I assure you that it has been here all along.  Otherwise, how would you have gotten here?  God has specific guidelines about when sex is approved and it is never approved outside of marriage.  We know that heaven is the ultimate goal and outcome of living a holy life.  We also know that there are benefits right down here when we live a clean and holy life.  In the same manner, just as Hell is the ultimate consequence for living an unholy lifestyle, there are consequences for living an unholy and unclean lifestyle right here on Planet Earth.  One of the consequences of a wrongful sex life is sexually transmitted diseases.  Whether it is a drip, a pox, a rotting of flesh, a wart or a non-healing sore, God has made it clear that He is not pleased with unmarried sex.

What exactly is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) or sexually transmitted infection (STI)?  According to the CDC, STDs and STIs are a group of contagious diseases or infections most commonly transmitted “from person to person by close, intimate contact.” Woodward says although most of this contact has traditionally been sexual intercourse, many categories of sexual practices permit transmission from “person to person.”  That means transmission from mother to newborn is also possible. Babies can get a sexually transmitted disease through an infected mother as it passes through the birth canal.  What brings all of these diseases or infections together into a group is the fact of how they are passed (from one person to another in intimate contact) rather than symptoms, or even whether or not they are deadly.  For example, if someone were to get a disease from oral sex, even though they did not have sexual intercourse, they still got the disease.  

Some of the diseases that I am going to mention today did not exist or were at least not discovered until a few years ago.  But with the free love attitude and negative behavior of the 70’s, the advent of the pill and the “liberated” sexual attitude of people today, the number of STDs has gone through the roof.  There are 25 known STDs today.  I am going to list them first in alphabetical order, give an overview of the ten most frequently occurring in America and then talk about the deadly ones in more detail.  Here is the list of twenty five that are presented by the CDC and recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) listed in alphabetical order.

1.  Bacterial Vaginosis (BV).  This is the  most common vaginal infection in women between the ages of 15 and 44 years of age.  There is an imbalance in the normal balance of bacteria in the vagina.  A new sex partner or multiple sex partners upset the balance.  It is not truly an STD but having BV can make it more likely that you will get an STD like HIV, chlamydia and gonorrhea.  One can lower the risk of getting this infection by abstinence, limiting partners to one and not douching.

2. Chlamydia
3. LGV (Lymphogranuloma Venereum)
4. Gonorrhea
5. Genital Herpes
6. Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
7. Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)
8. Syphilis
9. Trichomoniasis
10. Enfermedades de transmisión sexual
11. HIV/AIDS
12. Genital warts
13. Hepatitis (mainly B). 
Hepatitis A is chiefly acquired through the fecal/oral route; B via sexual route; C is frequently acquired via the parenteral or IV route.  

14. Chancroid (Haemophilus ducreyi)
15. Donovanosis (Granuloma inguinale or Calymmatobacterium granulomatis).  
As this infection progresses, there is scarring and blockage of the lymphatics which produces enlargement of the vulvar area. Although correct treatment can stop the infection, long-standing infection can cause genital deformities such as color change, narrowing of the urethral, vaginal, and anal openings and massive swelling.  Loss of sexual function can occur because of the damages.  

16.Non-gonococcal urethritis (NGU) 

17. Staphylococcal infection (Staphylococcus aureus; MRSA)
18. Tinea cruris “Jock Itch”
19. Yeast Infection
20. Adenoviruses
21. HTLV 1, 2 – venereal fluids
22. Cervical cancer
23. Molluscum contagiosum.  
This disease is often found in institutions and communities where there is overcrowding, poor hygiene, and poverty. 24. Mononucleosis.  

25. Kaposi’s sarcoma

Young people are very much at risk for STD’s because of unsound and invalidated myths. 

Myths that the Youth (and some adults) Hold Today

  1. “Oral sex is not sex.”

Many of you will recall that President Clinton even made a statement indicating that he had not had sexual relations when he was charged with oral sex with Monica Lewinsky during his presidential term in 1995 or 96.  The affair and its repercussions, which included Clinton’s impeachment, became known as the Lewinsky scandal.

Oftentimes young ladies perform oral sex, even unprotected oral sex, so that they can justify in their own minds that they are still “virgins”.  Some even allow anal sex for the same reason.  They feel that as long as their hymen is intact they have not been involved in sexual activities.  My answer is, “Oh no, not so!”  Participating in this activity just bumped you out of the virgin group.  At the end of the seminar one young man stated with a scowl on his face, “I just refuse to believe that oral sex is sex”.  He chose to remain unconvinced but he is responsible for the information that he was given.  (There will be much more on oral sex and its negative consequences later).

  1. “Douching after sex washes away any chance of getting an STI.”

If that were the case someone would be rich if they discovered such a great cleansing product.  The fact of the matter is some douching can make the individual more susceptible to STD’s because douching washes away some of the “good” bacterial flora.

  1. “All STIs are curable.”

Ask someone with (HSV-2).  Herpes is known as the disease that keeps on giving because there is no cure; HIV/Aids is also incurable and it can take your life.

  1. “You can always tell if someone has an STI.”

Unfortunately you cannot tell if someone is infected just by looking with the natural eye. 

  1. “These things will never happen to me.”

This is one of the biggest problems among teens.  They live in a big imaginary bubble that they create.  They have this “magical” thinking that just because they say that a thing will not happen that it will not happen.  Follow this conversation that I had with a high school student who found herself to be pregnant:

Her:  “I thought that I couldn’t get pregnant”.

Me:  “What made you think that?  Were you having problems with your cycles?”

Her:  “No”.

Me:  “Were you having unprotected sex?”

Her:  “Yes.”

Me:  “Something must have made you think that you couldn’t get pregnant”.

Her:  “I just thought that I couldn’t get pregnant.”

This ends part I of the Seminar.  Part II will continue in the next post.

 

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