Maranatha Devotionals

Shew me thy ways, O LORD; teach me thy paths. Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day. Psalm 25:4,5

No wonder David was the apple of God’s eye. He did not seek man’s way to truth. He did not seek after men to solve his problems like many do. Instead, David knew that the same God of his salvation would be able to show him the way, teach him through His Word and lead him to truths. And because of this secure knowledge that David had, he would wait on God all day to get his answer.

Are we as confident as David? Do we wait on the Lord to answer our questions or work in our every-day problems? Or do we walk ahead of the Lord and try to fix things on our own? I know I have been guilty of doing just that and my solution is not usually the best solution. However, God’s solution is always the best solution. Why do we think we can do better than God can? His timing is not always our timing and so we run out of patience with His plans. This is yet another “trust” factor. Do we not trust Him enough to take care of things for us? If we did, we would not be so quick to try to do the work for Him.

This is why it’s so important to know the Word and to rely on it in times of doubt. When I solely lean on the Word to build me and encourage me, I find that I am not so quick to jump the gun and run into trouble. The Lord gives peace to those who seek His guidance and His will. Even if our answer is to wait on Him, there’s a calm assurance that He is working it out for our benefit. What a joy it is to be a Christian! I don’t know how the unsaved do it! I really don’t!

My Hope Is Built

My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly trust in Jesus’ Name.

Refrain

On Christ the solid Rock I stand,
All other ground is sinking sand;
All other ground is sinking sand.

When darkness seems to hide His face,
I rest on His unchanging grace.
In every high and stormy gale,
My anchor holds within the veil.

Refrain

His oath, His covenant, His blood,
Support me in the whelming flood.
When all around my soul gives way,
He then is all my Hope and Stay.

Refrain

When He shall come with trumpet sound,
Oh may I then in Him be found.
Dressed in His righteousness alone,
Faultless to stand before the throne.

Refrain

Maranatha Devotionals

Psalm 119.103 honeyPsalm 119:103 How sweet are thy words unto my taste! [yea, sweeter] than honey to my mouth!

Is God’s Word sweet to you, Christian? The great and wise Solomon asked God for wisdom and God allowed Solomon to experience everything in life in order to achieve wisdom. Much of that wisdom was penned into the Book of Proverbs and is there today in order for us to glean its goodness!

The Bible repeatedly “shouts out” to us that we should desire wisdom more than the world’s riches – more than gold – more than any material possession!

Proverbs 8:11 For wisdom [is] better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it.

 

Job 28:15 It cannot be gotten for gold, neither shall silver be weighed [for] the price thereof.

 

Psalm 19:10 More to be desired [are they] than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.

 

Proverbs 3:14 For the merchandise of it [is] better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold.

 

Proverbs 3:15 She [is] more precious than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her.

God has given us His words to read, to study, and to glean wisdom. It is through His words that we learn about life and how to deal with everyday situations. We don’t need man’s wisdom – we don’t need Dr. Phil or Oprah! They are of the world, Christian. But what about those false preachers out there? They are wolves in sheep’s clothing – they add to the Scriptures by imposing their own opinions. They dilute God’s words and take away from their effectiveness. It is God’s words that pierce the heart and reveal the dirty sin that lies within. When they stand before God, whose words do you think will be 100% accurate? God will always win, hands down! His word is truth (John 17:17). I would rather put my trust in what God says than what man says any day. At least I know that God won’t lie to me … but man, well… that’s a whole other story!

Proverbs 16:16 How much better [is it] to get wisdom than gold! and to get understanding rather to be chosen than silver!

 

Maranatha Devotionals

Shew me thy ways, O LORD; teach me thy paths. Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day. Psalm 25:4,5

No wonder David was the apple of God’s eye. He did not seek man’s way to truth. He did not seek after men to solve his problems like many do. Instead, David knew that the same God of his salvation would be able to show him the way, teach him through His Word and lead him to truths. And because of this secure knowledge that David had, he would wait on God all day to get his answer.

Are we as confident as David? Do we wait on the Lord to answer our questions or work in our every-day problems? Or do we walk ahead of the Lord and try to fix things on our own? I know I have been guilty of doing just that and my solution is not usually the best solution. However, God’s solution is always the best solution. Why do we think we can do better than God can? His timing is not always our timing and so we run out of patience with His plans. This is yet another “trust” factor. Do we not trust Him enough to take care of things for us? If we did, we would not be so quick to try to do the work for Him.

This is why it’s so important to know the Word and to rely on it in times of doubt. When I solely lean on the Word to build me and encourage me, I find that I am not so quick to jump the gun and run into trouble. The Lord gives peace to those who seek His guidance and His will. Even if our answer is to wait on Him, there’s a calm assurance that He is working it out for our benefit. What a joy it is to be a Christian! I don’t know how the unsaved do it! I really don’t!

Maranatha Devotionals

~Psalm 117:1-2 O praise the Lord, all ye nations: praise him, all ye people. 2 For his merciful kindness is great toward us: and the truth of the Lord endureth for ever. Praise ye the Lord.

Today’s text is so short but it is packed with blessing! The Psalmist is exhorting us to praise the Lord. Why? Psalm 117:2 says that God’s merciful kindness is great toward us! Amen to that! If it weren’t for the Lord Jesus Christ saving my soul over 30 years ago, I would be dead and burning in Hell! That’s great mercy! But the latter part of verse 2 says that the Lord’s truth endures forever! Then the Psalmist tells us to praise the Lord again! We ought to praise God for showing His great mercy toward us by preserving His truth – His word!

God’s truth will endure forever! Endure what?  Let’s stop and meditate on these verses as the Lord reveals His word to us, amen? I am currently doing a study on Bible versions and the history of God’s words preserved through these thousands of years. Countless men and women have been killed over the preservation of God’s word. It did not take Satan long before he started corrupting the word of God – in fact, he began this corruption by causing doubt and actually changing what God said in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3:1).

It amazes me that you can discuss the preservation of God’s word with Christians today and they doubt that there is a true copy God’s word available to us today. Yet these same Christians believe that God created the universe and all that is in it. Why does their faith stop with creation, I wonder?  Can not this same God preserve His word?  God tells us that He can in His word so why are there doubts today?

Jesus said that God’s word is true and sanctifies (sets apart) the believer.

~John 17:17-19 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world. And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.

Is it any wonder that the devil would try to corrupt it or have people wonder if it even exists?  Satan does not want Christians to be sanctified.  He wants Christians to be powerless.  Furthermore, he does not want anyone coming to a saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ.  Therefore, he has succeeded in producing 200+ bible versions out there which could not lead a horse to water, let alone a man to salvation.

God is not a liar, like man (Romans 3:4). He speaks the truth through His word. In fact, His word is more important to God than His very name!

~Psalm 138:2 I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.

Since God holds His own word above His own name (He magnifies it), it stands to reason that He would preserve it through the centuries and make sure that His creation would have His true words so they could find His blessed gift of salvation through the Lord Jesus Christ!

~Psalms 12:6-7 The words of the Lord are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. 7 Thou shalt keep them, O Lord, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.

I encourage anyone who is reading to do a study on the history of God’s word and the corruption of the texts through the ages. You must know that God would not give us 200+ versions of His word to cause confusion for His creation.  That has never been His intention. It is, however, the intention of Satan to change, pervert and corrupt (Genesis 3:1).  He is the father of lies (John 8:44) and he hates truth!  It is not rocket science – this should be evident to all Christians yet many are convinced that we cannot possibly have the preserved words of God!

The Lord Jesus Christ said in Matthew 24:35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away. It is also found in Mark 13:31 and Luke 21:33.

Christian, you believe that God can keep your salvation – why can you not believe that He can keep His word? You cannot escape God’s truth. The devil wants you to but you cannot escape God’s word.

~Hebrews 12:25 See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven:

I encourage each reader to study the history of the words of God as I have. We have God’s word in the English language and it is not contained in 200+ versions. Men and women died preserving the manuscripts throughout the years and, yes, God’s word does exist in the King James Bible. Don’t be deceived that you have to have a modern English translation to understand. That is just another ploy of Satan’s to keep you from the truth. God can preserve His words – don’t buy that lie from the pits of Hell.

A closing thought – as I was studying, one of the defenses used by those pushing the modern versions was that their manuscripts were in excellent shape and older than the manuscript used for the Kind James translation.  Friend, pause for a moment – do you have a favorite book on your book shelf that you have read over and over?  You’ve dog-eared the pages and the pages are worn from reading over and over.  A well read manuscript would be worn out – after all, they were written on papyrus.  It would not be in perfect condition.  I would be more concerned about a manuscript that was in mint condition – which would tell me it was never used. Is it any wonder that the manuscripts from the Authorized Version (AV) are newer than the corrupt manuscripts because the older ones were so used they fell apart? A well read and beloved book does not stay on a bookshelf! Many have died making sure that God’s word would be preserved through the ages.  Yes, man can fail – but God cannot fail – He is perfect!

The picture above was taken by a sweet Christian lady, Connie Wentworth and used here with her permission. Her pictures are mostly taken in the State of Maine and depict God’s glorious creation! Thank you, Connie, for allowing me this opportunity to use your work!

Maranatha Devotionals

~Psalms 19:7-8 The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. 8 The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes.

I’m so thankful that God gave His word for mankind so there would be no question as to how man can be saved! Today’s text explains to us exactly what leads man to salvation. The Ten Commandments, the Law, show us that we are all sinners. Every one of us fall short of keeping all ten commandments. When we realize we are sinners and fall far short of God’s righteousness, we begin to convert our soul. (Romans 3:10)

God’s testimony throughout Scripture reveals to us the only way to the Father in Heaven is through Jesus Christ. (John 14:6) Jesus Christ is the only way to Heaven, no matter what the world says. Why? Because of Psalm 19:7 – God’s word is perfect and contains truth (John 17:17, Ephesian 1:13). Bible scholars think their much knowledge is correct. However, God gives the believer the ability to understand His word through His Holy Spirit! (1 Corinthians 2:14) I’ve been attacked many times by religious people who consider themselves “learned” and scholars of their religion. They think themselves wise but God is the provider of wisdom – His word is explained to the simple (Psalm 19:7) and makes the simple one wise. One does not need a Bible degree to understand God’s word. God reveals what we need when we need it.

~Luke 10:21 In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes: even so, Father; for so it seemed good in thy sight.

Psalm 19:8 reveals that “fruit that comes with salvation.” God gave us His truth to lead us to Him – He did not want us to be blind. His word enlightens us (Psalm 19:8) and points us to the truth – to Him. I absolutely love the song “Amazing Grace”!  Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me. I once was lost but now am found, Was blind, but now, I see. When we finally see the truth that salvation comes through Jesus Christ and through no other way, we are born again into a new life (John 3:3, 2 Corinthians 5:17). With that salvation comes wonderful joy – a joy unspeakable and full of glory! 🙂 The heart rejoices because our burden of sin has been lifted and the debt has been paid in full on the cross by Christ Himself! After salvation, our eyes are opened – we are no longer blinded by the world’s religion but we are now enlightened by God’s pure and holy word through the Holy Spirit!

Burdens Are Lifted At Calvary

Days are filled with sorrow and care,
Hearts are lonely and drear;
Burdens are lifted at Calvary,
Jesus is very near.

Chorus
Burdens are lifted at Calvary,
Calvary, Calvary,
Burdens are lifted at Calvary,
Jesus is very near.

Cast your care on Jesus today,
Leave your worry and fear;
Burdens are lifted at Calvary,
Jesus is very near.

Chorus

Troubled soul, the Saviour can see,
Ev’ry heartache and tear;
Burdens are lifted at Calvary
Jesus is very near.

Chorus

The picture above was taken by a sweet Christian lady, Connie Wentworth and used here with her permission. Her pictures are mostly taken in the State of Maine and depict God’s glorious creation! Thank you, Connie, for allowing me this opportunity to use your work!

Maranatha Devotionals, Catholicism

Oh the smell of a new car! There’s nothing like it! What is it about a new car? I love to look at it – I love to drive it. But one thing is for sure, I do not like the repairs and costs associated with it! My husband likes to tinker with our vehicles. He always makes sure that he purchases the manual for each of our vehicles so he can work on them. Whenever something goes wrong, out comes the manual and he looks up the “symptoms” and diagnoses the problem. Once he knows what the problem is, he can get to work to fix it.

We own a Nissan Titan and, as you can guess, he owns the manual for that as well 🙂 However, he would not take the Nissan manual out to fix our Ford Focus, nor would he take the Ford manual out to fix the Titan. The Ford manufacturer has complete guidelines and instructions for their vehicles (as do all other manufacturers) and if anyone knows how to repair our Focus, they would. They would not relinquish the responsibility of documenting their repair instructions to another manufacturer – that would be absurd! So the car buyer knows that he can trust Ford’s documentation because it is written by those who manufactured the car. No one else knows a Ford better than those who build it, right? With that thought in mind, you wouldn’t turn to a Ford manual to work on your Toyota would you? Of course not.

It is the same with “religion.” To those who are searching for God and wanting to know how to get to heaven, they must turn to the only source that has the truth. (John 17:17) They may turn to a specific “church” or organization for the answers, but why not go to the Source who documented the truth? (John 14:26) If anyone knows about heaven and how to get there, it is God and He recorded the way in the Bible. Some think they know the way because they go to a specific church or they were “christian” all their lives. However, the Bible says,

(Pro 14:12) There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.

Is it possible that the way you think is the right way could be the wrong way? Don’t you want to know? (Matthew 7:13-14) Don’t you want to make sure???

Do you let people deceive you in your finances? Do you fall for gimmicks on television? Are you a sucker for every good deal that crosses your path? If you’re like me, you like to research and investigate before you spend your hard-earned money. I don’t throw away my money frivolously. I make sure that I am getting my money’s worth. Nothing is too good for my family so I watch out for the best deals and make my dollar stretch. I can’t put a price on their health and well being.

But what is the price of their soul? What is the price on where they will spend eternity? That, my friend, is priceless! It is my duty (Deut. 11:18-20) to show my children the way to heaven. God did not leave us without direction. The Bible offers the instructions on how to repair our souls, just as my husband’s Nissan manual offers him the instructions on repairing his truck!

(Joh 14:6) Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. (Act 4:12) Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

No matter how many men tell my husband he can put a Dodge part into his Nissan, he knows that it just won’t work. Why? Because he has read the manual and he has learned from the master mechanics at Nissan how to repair his vehicle. He doesn’t travel from manufacturer to manufacturer trying to find another way or a work around solution. He knows that the truth about fixing his vehicle is found in its manual.

Salvation is no different! No matter how many religious people tell us that their way is the only way, we must compare what they say with what God says in His word. Will you take the words of men or will you take the words of God? Does your religion tell you that the church “fathers” and church traditions are also God’s words? What if the two contradict each other?

Who is the authority on the subject but the author? The Author, God, has penned His instructions – His directions – His map, if you will – and we find those words in our Bible.

(Heb 5:9) And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him; (Heb 12:2) Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Jesus is the Rock and foundation of our faith.

(Deu 32:4) He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he. (1 Cor 10:4) And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.

When we follow a church’s teachings blindly, we will fall as they fall (Luk 6:39). Don’t be guilty of placing your eternal destination in the hands of another. It is your responsibility to seek out the truth and decide for yourself. Your church will not be standing next to you on Judgment Day. You will be alone when it comes to giving an account before God why you chose to accept instructions which were not contained in His word. God has left you His manual in the Bible!

Maranatha Devotionals, Catholicism, Good Reading, Devotionals

~Galatians 5:7 Ye did run well; who did hinder you that ye should not obey the truth?

Why is it so hard to find a “seasoned” Christian anymore? They are truly far and few apart. Many Christians start out well and are on fire for the Lord. But when the trials and tribulations of the Christian life set in, they are easily discouraged and give up. Some don’t give up until many years later. Why is that?

It is tribulation that seasons a Christian. As we experience each trial, we lean on the everlasting arms of Christ and we are able to see His hand in all of the details. We rest in His care and rely on Him to carry us through each one. We know that one day our trials will be over and our faith will be made sight when we see Jesus face-to-face!

~Romans 5:3-5 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience and patience, experience; and experience, hope: and hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.

When someone gives up and stops following Christ altogether (without ever coming back), one must question whether or not his profession of salvation was true. God does not treat His children differently – He gives them all the same care and helps them all through their trials. What makes this person who has given up different from the believer? Paul states in Galatians 5:7 that they were side tracked by false teachers and, therefore, did not obey the truth. Just what is the truth? Jesus said,

~John 17:17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.

God’s Word is truth and the believer needs to feed himself daily with it! When one finds himself struggling spiritually, it is because he has not delved into the Word of God and fed himself. The average Christian would not miss a meal for fear of starvation. Why then would the average Christian consider going a day without God’s Word? Is not spiritual starvation worse?

It is God’s Word that fills the believer. It is God’s Word that guides us in all truth and reveals those deceivers to us! When wrong doctrine comes along, the Christian who is daily in the Word of God will spot it immediately. He will recognize wrong teaching as counterfeit and will steer clear from it.

~Matthew 4:4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

Don’t dismay, Christian! Keep running the race and don’t give up! Don’t let daily life get the best of you. These distractions are a ploy of Satan to discourage you! There are a lot of false teachers out there. Learn to recognize counterfeit religion by comparing it to the Truth!

Maranatha Devotionals, Catholicism, Good Reading, Scriptures, Devotionals

~John 16:13-14 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.

When I hear people say that they don’t read the Bible because they need someone to interpret it for them, I am reminded of today’s verses. Why would God leave His words in a book if He did not intend for us to read it and understand it? It absolutely makes no sense!

As we instruct our children, so does God. We would not give our children misinformation nor would we keep them in the dark about what our wishes are for them. God is the perfect Father and has provided His own Spirit to live within the born-again believer. My friend, if you open the Word of God and it is dry as day-old bread, then something is wrong. If you don’t understand even the Gospels, then something is wrong.

Notice what happened in the account of the eunuch:

~Acts 8:30-31 And Philip ran thither to him, and heard him read the prophet Esaias, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest? And he said, How can I, except some man should guide me? And he desired Philip that he would come up and sit with him.

~Act 8:35-38 Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus. And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized? And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him.

The eunuch knew that as an unbeliever he needed someone to interpret the Scriptures for him. So what did Philip do? He preached Jesus Christ to the eunuch! As a result, the eunuch was gloriously saved! He no longer needed someone to guide him. He now was able to interpret the Word of God himself.

When we question what is going on around us, let’s remember to turn to the Word of God first so that we may hear from His “mouth” what He wants us to learn. The Holy Spirit’s ministry is to teach us the truth – not some man’s opinion or interpretation. I have been approached by some who tell me that when I personally read the Bible, I am interpreting the Bible in my own way and not the way God intended. That is their support for depending on another for interpretation. Again, today’s verses prove those skeptics wrong.

First of all, God carefully chose His words when He called the Holy Spirit the Spirit of Truth. As God’s born-again child, how can I read His words and interpret wrong? Granted there will be verses that I do not understand just yet but in due season, He will reveal to me their meaning. But on the most part, I can open the Bible and read and understand what God intended because I possess the Spirit of Truth!

Furthermore, the Holy Spirit will guide me into all truth and will show to me what I do not understand. James penned it beautifully:

~James 1:5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.

Before you go to someone for guidance, turn to God’s Word. It is the ultimate guide!

Bible Studies, Good Reading, Inspirational Reading, Scriptures, Devotionals

There are different opinions on how one can worship God. Some worship God only if they are in a church “building.” Others worship God by kneeling and praying. Even yet more worship Him by singing or through the actions of their deeds. While all of these are good, one must not neglect what the root of true worship really is. Let’s go to God’s Word to see what He says:

~John 4:24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

There are two steps to worshiping God:

  1. Worship Him in spirit
  2. Worship Him in truth

To be able to worship God in spirit, one must have the Holy Spirit residing within him. How can we have the Holy Spirit residing within us? Jesus said that we must be born again.

~John 3:5-6 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

Once one is born again of water and of the spirit, one receives the Holy Spirit. The water does not reflect baptism here. The water reflects the water of life, the Word of God. God gives us the Holy Spirit at the time we acknowledge our sinful nature to Him and become born again – with a new attitude toward sin.

~2 Timothy 1:10 But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel:

~Ephesians 1:13 In whom ye also trusted, 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,

~Luke 11:13 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?

Our Heavenly Father desires that we worship Him in spirit and in truth. The only truth we can count on is from Him. God left us His Word, the Bible, to read and learn exactly what the truth is. People today are distracted by man’s words and cannot worship God in truth.

~John 4:23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.

~John 6:63 It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.

~John 14:17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.

~1 Thessalonians 2:13 For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.

One can only worship God if one is born again! It is at this point that we sealed with the Spirit of Truth, the Holy Spirit, who testifies of Jesus Christ and gives us understanding of His Word through the bible. There is no other way to worship God. Any efforts to worship God in any other way are futile.

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Maranatha Devotionals

Gleaning Gold

~Psalm 119:160 Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever.

~Psalm 12:6-7  The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.

Nuggets of Truth

The unbelieving world does not believe that we have God’s Word in writing today.  They believe that the Bible has contradictions and are man’s words.  However, they are placing God in a box and limiting His power according to their own abilities.  The God of creation is quite capable of keeping His Word in writing for His creation.  Nothing is too difficult for Him.

~Genesis 18:14  Is any thing too hard for the LORD? At the time appointed I will return unto thee, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son.

~Jeremiah 32:27  Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me?

Man is ignorant to think that God cannot keep His Word.  Man is ignorant to think that God’s Word has been polluted with man’s thoughts.  God said in our opening verses that His Word is true – from the very beginning.  God’s judgments (including every person’s sins) will endure forever.  There is not one person who will go unjudged.  God’s Word also says that His words are pure and He shall keep His word and preserve His word forever.  Why would God do this?

~Proverbs 22:20-21 Have not I written to thee excellent things in counsels and knowledge, That I might make thee know the certainty of the words of truth; that thou mightest answer the words of truth to them that send unto thee?

God has given us His Word as proof of His love for mankind.  In the Scriptures are everything we need to live our lives and be drawn to salvation.  In the precious pages of the Bible are the words of truth that can lead the lost to salvation.  Is it any wonder that the devil is desperately using religion and the lost to corrupt God’s Word?  Satan does not want people to know that God has preserved His words through these thousands of years.  Satan does not want mankind to read the blessed truths found within its pages.

Refining the Gold

To the true born-again believer, God’s Word must be obeyed and applied to our lives in order for us to better serve Him.   Let’s cling to every word from the Blessed Book that He has given to us.

~Deuteronomy 13:4  Ye shall walk after the LORD your God, and fear him, and keep his commandments, and obey his voice, and ye shall serve him, and cleave unto him.

God has not left us to swim aimlessly in the world’s seas.  Instead, He has left us specific instructions which bring truth and peace.  What a wonderful God we serve!

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Catholicism, Scriptures

It is not until a tornado victim has lived through one that one can truly appreciate the destruction it brings with its winds! After such an event, one becomes aware of the warnings – the signs in the skies, when trouble is near. One is also quick to respond.

However, to everyone else who has never experienced a tornado personally, we merely trust the media reports of the destruction and devastation. We listen to the voices of men and women give accounts of what has happened to others. Those words might impact a few people but chances are most will turn a deaf ear and will only listen once they personally experience this trial. This is true of most experiences in life.

~John 5:38-39 And ye have not his word abiding in you: for whom he hath sent, him ye believe not. (38 ) Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. (39)

The reason why cults are so popular today is due to these two verses. Two key points are made here:

  1. God’s Word does not abide in the followers
  2. They do not search the Scriptures

It amazes me how many responses I get from readers who bash me for believing that the Bible is our final authority. Why would Christ Himself encourage us to have His Word abiding in our lives. Notice in verse 39 that Christ says that eternal life is found when one searches the Scriptures! Is it any wonder that the devil is trying so hard to keep people from the Scriptures?

Many contest that they did not have the New Testament at the time Christ spoke these words. Yes, this is true. However, salvation can still be found in the pages of the Old Testament. Just as we have the Romans Road today, so is there an Isaiah Road which leads the reader to salvation. Satan has managed to distract people with different denominations, cults and different versions of the Bible. People are so caught up in who has the right Bible and who has the right religion that they do not spend time searching the Scriptures to find the true way to salvation.

Jesus said,

It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. ~John 6:63

Those closest to Jesus didn’t even believe in Him.

For neither did his brethren believe in him. ~John 7:5

Why? Because they did not search the Scriptures that they had available to them. They allowed the knowledge of men to dictate what they believed, not God’s own Word.

He that is of God heareth God’s words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God. ~John 8:47

Only the Bible brings truth to man. Yes, man can speak wise words but man is born a liar and can misguide many. However, the God of Glory cannot lie and He gives us His Word through the Bible so that we may be saved!

Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. ~John 17:17

What does it mean to be sanctified? It means to be set apart for service to God. God wants to set us apart because His Word will cleanse us, save us and mold us into His image so we can be a unique people. Many can claim they have salvation, but there will be few that find it.

These two verses ought to cause one to think:

~Matthew 7:22-23 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? (22) And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. (23)

Notice that these people had prophesied in Jesus’ name, cast out devils and done many wonderful works (miracles). Yet, Jesus said to depart from Him because He did not know them and that they were workers of inquity. Having been raised catholic, these two verses reminded me of the catholic church. They prophesy in Jesus’ name – they claim to cast out demons – and they claim to have wonderful works (visions of Mary, etc.). However, compare their dogmas to the Word of God and you will find that they are not based on Scriptures but on men’s words.

If you are questioning whether or not you are one of those who does many works for Jesus but you do not personally know Him, then I pray you will settle the matter today. If you are in a religion where tradition and men’s words are placed above the Scriptures, then you will not find salvation because God’s Word says that salvation is found in the pages of the Scriptures, the Bible. I pray your eyes are opened today!

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Catholicism

The 1994 Catholic Catechism states that each time the mass is said, their redemption is carried out.

“In this divine sacrifice which is celebrated in the Mass, the same Christ who offered himself once in a bloody manner on the altar of the cross is contained and is offered in an unbloody manner.” Pg. 344, #1367

“When the Church celebrates the Eucharist, she commemorates Christ’s Passover, and it is made present. As often as the sacrifice of the Cross by which Christ our Pasch has been sacrificed is celebrated on the altar, the work of our redemption is carried out.” Pg. 343, #1364

I did not say this – the catholic catechism says it. But what does the Bible say? (Heb 6:5) And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, (Heb 6:6) If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame. The Bible directly contradicts what the catechism teaches here, my friend! How can you believe otherwise?

Jesus is our sacrifice, correct? (Heb 9:26) For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. We agree in that point. However, Paul also states that (Heb 10:10) By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. and (Heb 9:12) Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. (emphasis mine) Jesus’ sacrifice only needed to be once. He only had to enter once in the holy place on our behalf. The Bible specifically states that this sacrifice should not be done daily. Heb. 7:27 Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people’ s: for this he did once, when he offered up himself. (emphasis mine)

Yet the Catechism is adamant that:

“Every time this mystery is celebrated, ‘the work of our redemption is carried on’ …” Pg. 354, #1405

Jesus did all the work necessary to purchase our salvation when He died on the cross. No more work has ever been needed. The catholic church, however, wants their people to believe that it is Christ andthe sacrifice of the eucharist and they are one single sacrifice!

“The sacrifice of Christ and the sacrifice of the Eucharist are one single sacrifice.” Pg. 344 # 1367

The Bible states no where that Christ needs to be sacrificed anew every day – thousands of times throughout the world, in fact. To state otherwise is to say that salvation cannot be in Christ alone but in the offering daily of His death.

Once again, catholicism has added something to the very basic plan of salvation. It is their intention to keep the catholic in chains and bondage. The catholic religion is one of burden after burden being carried on the shoulders of the catholic. According to catholic doctrine, the catholic can never be freed of his burden of sin – he must even take it to purgatory to purge himself before entering heaven. No purging is necessary, my friend. Once you die, you either go to heaven or to hell. (Heb 9:27) And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: (emphasis mine) Don’t you think that Paul would have had a perfect opportunity to talk about purgatory here? But yet, he stated that after your death, you are going to be judged by the One and Only Judge (2 Ti 4:1). Do you really want to take a chance with eternity? A wise man once said,

“Eternity is too long and hell fire is too hot for me not to be saved!”

I pray that these posts on catholicism are speaking to a dear catholic’s heart today. My prayer is that this will all be worth it if one catholic is snatched from the grips and burdensome weights of the catholic church. In salvation, the weight of my sin was lifted from my shoulders. I literally felt lighter because Christ had removed that burden and placed it onto Himself. His mercy on my soul cost Him His life. It was my sins that nailed Him to the cross and only salvation through Him can remove that sin from me. (Mat 11:28 ) Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. (Mat 11:29) Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. (Mat 11:30) For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

Dear catholic, can you honestly say that you have total peace that you are going to heaven and that you do not carry a burden of sin on your shoulders? Can you honestly say that your sin is no longer on your own account but on Christ’s? Your knee will have to bow to Jesus Christ one day – not to Mary – not to anyone else, but to Him – and you will have to give an account for what you have chosen to believe in this life. (Rom 14:11) For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God. (Rom 14:12) So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God. Knowing this, can you say in your heart of hearts that you are burden free as Matt 11:28-30 promises? I know that I did not have that complete peace. But once I was born-again and made new in Christ, I personally experienced that perfect peace of no longer falling under condemnation. (Phil 4:7) And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. The catholic church had me under condemnation with no hope unless I kept a bunch of rules, sacraments, etc.

Jesus does not say that He must be sacrificed every day and anew for your sins. He did not say that after you die, you have to be purged further to be able to enter heaven. (Joh 5:24) Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. Quite the opposite, huh? Jesus said that once you hear the Word and believe in Him, you have eternal life from that moment on and you do not come into condemnation. I don’t know about you but that says we accept His sacrifice one time to me and that after I have been saved, I don’t need any further purging because Christ’s sacrifice was sufficient. (Rom 8:1) There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

The catholic church is guilty of deceiving its followers. (Jud 1:4) For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. We do not deserve God’s grace. But praise the Lord that He died for us while we were yet sinners. Christ died once – for all sins. What will you do with this knowledge? Will you continue to believe what the catholic church has taught you? Or will you rely on God’s Holy Word and accept the gift that has been offered to you? It is a gift, my friend (John 3:16). It is not merited – it is free – you didn’t do anything to deserve the gift – it is yours for the taking. But you must do something with this gift. You must either take it into your heart or you must reject it.

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(Luk 11:27) And it came to pass, as he spake these things, a certain woman of the company lifted up her voice, and said unto him, Blessed is the womb that bare thee, and the paps which thou hast sucked. (Luk 11:28 ) But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it. (emphasis mine)

If Mary were to be revered in any manner, this would have been a good time for Christ to point that out, don’t you think? Here someone was lifting Mary up and honoring her. What was Christ’s response? Yes rather – not Yes also – and He goes on to say that the one who is blessed is not His mother but the who who hears the Word of God and keeps it! Not only was this a perfect time for Jesus to honor His mother but instead He chose to say that hearing and keeping the Word was more blessed! This is just yet another instance in Scripture where the Word states one thing yet church tradition and magisterium contradict or try to supersede what God has said. The born-again Christian considers Mary honored to have been chosen to be the vessel which God used to bring His Son into this world. However, that honor stops there. She is no different than any other. She was a sinner in need of a Saviour. (Luk 1:46) And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord, (Luk 1:47) And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour. Do you know that the only time the phrase “my Saviour” is used in the New Testament was voiced by Mary? She was in need of a Saviour just as much as you and I were. She brought sacrifices to the temple just like Joseph and the rest of the Jews of the day. If she were sinless, would there be a need for her to call God her Saviour or for her to bring sacrifices to the temple?

I have also found how the Lord is no respecter of persons. Of all the people to say this, the Apostle Peter said it. (Act 10:34) Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: It’s ironic that God does not respect any man but the catholic church sets certain people apart as “better” than others. For instance, the catholic church states that the pope is infallible. They also designate people to “sainthood.” Also, the magisterium and church traditions are considered superior to the Bible – in that if the Bible says, “Thou shalt not” and church leaders and pope say the opposite, then it’s OK. If God is not a respecter of persons, why would He allow their words to be obeyed over His?

It’s not rocket science. God says He is not a respecter of persons. No one is above the other. The priest is not above the lay person. There is no hierarchy as held by the catholic church which must be followed. Christ is the Head of the church and that is it – final – period. We are all considered “priests,” if you will. (Rev 1:6) And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen. We do not need a priest as we have the High Priest, Jesus Christ. (Heb 7:24) But this man, because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood. (Heb 7:25) Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them. (Heb 7:26) For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens; Our High Priest saves us to the uttermost. No church or earthly power or “god (i.e. Allah, Buddha) can save us.

The catholic church’s hierarchy is established on the ways of the Nicolaitans. The word “Nicholaitan” is derived from the Greek nikao – meaning to conquer – and laos (people), or to rule over the laity. Is there any better description of the catholic church than its leaders ruling over the lay people of the church? The offices held in the catholic church are priests, bishops, archbishops, metropolitans, patriarchs, cardinals, and popes. The only offices in the true born-again Christian church are: (1) the office of pastor/elder/bishop – all perform the same task and (2) deacons (servants). Plain and simple. But like everything else that the catholic church teaches, their structure is complicated and their teachings are complicated. Try reading their catechism and tell me that you can understand its writings the first time around. One must pick the sentences apart and read them over and over before understanding the teaching. No wonder that church says that only the leaders can interpret God’s Word. I’m thankful that the Word of God is simple and can be read by the simplest of minds – yes even a child can understand it. No wonder Christ didn’t want the disciples to prevent the little children from coming to Him. He even said that the Kingdom of God could only be entered “as a child” – meaning child-like faith. We do not need someone to interpret God’s Word for us. God would be a cruel God if He were to command us to obey His Word and yet not provide us with the means to read it and obey it. But the catholic church insists that its respected people are the only ones who can intepret God’s Word.

(Rev 2:6) But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. (Rev 2:15) So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate. Not only were the Nicolaitans absorbed with hierarchy and ruling over the lay people but this particular sect were known for their liscentious practices. If God states twice that He hated the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, then why would you associate yourself with a church that practices some of their doctrine? Would not not stay away from anything that God hates?

Just on a side note, there are several verses that discuss the things that God hates:

(Deu 12:31) Thou shalt not do so unto the LORD thy God: for every abomination to the LORD, which he hateth, have they done unto their gods; for even their sons and their daughters they have burnt in the fire to their gods. and (Deu 16:22) Neither shalt thou set thee up any image; which the LORD thy God hateth. – Idolatry

(Psa 11:5) The LORD trieth the righteous: but the wicked and him that loveth violence his soul hateth. – Violence

(Mal 2:16) For the LORD, the God of Israel, saith that he hateth putting away: for one covereth violence with his garment, saith the LORD of hosts: therefore take heed to your spirit, that ye deal not treacherously. – Divorce

(All emphases are mine)

So, my friend, since God does not respect persons – no one is above another in His eyes – why would He place Mary on a pedestal or give the pope (and the hierarchy of the catholic church) any authority over His church?

Three times the Word says that Christ is the head of the church! I love that it appears three times because the number three symbolizes the godhead – the Trinity – completeness!

(1 Co 11:3) But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.(Eph 4:15) But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:(Eph 5:23) For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. (emphasis mine)

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Scriptures

This is quoted from “The Answer Book” by Dr. Samuel C. Gipp, Ph.D.

Question #3

QUESTION: I have been told that King James was a homosexual. Is this true?

ANSWER: No.

EXPLANATION: King James I of England, who authorized the translation of the now famous King James Bible, was considered by many to be one of the greatest, if not the greatest, monarchs that England has ever seen.

Through his wisdom and determination he united the warring tribes of Scotland into a unified nation, and then joined England and Scotland to form the foundation for what is now known as the British Empire.

At a time when only the churches of England possessed the Bible in English, King James’ desire was that the common people should have the Bible in their native tongue. Thus, in 1603, King James called 54 of history’s most learned men together to accomplish this great task. At a time when the leaders of the world wished to keep their subjects in spiritual ignorance, King James offered his subjects the greatest gift that he could give them. Their own copy of the Word of God in English.

James, who was fluent in Latin, Greek, and French, and schooled in Italian and Spanish even wrote a tract entitled “Counterblast to Tobacco”,which was written to help thwart the use of tobacco in England.

Such a man was sure to have enemies. One such man, Anthony Weldon, had to be excluded from the court. Weldon swore vengeance. It was not until 1650, twenty-five years after the death of James that Weldon saw his chance. He wrote a paper calling James a homosexual. Obviously, James, being dead, was in no condition to defend himself.

The report was largely ignored since there were still enough people alive who knew it wasn’t true. In fact, it lay dormant for years, until recently when it was picked up by Christians who hoped that vilifying King James, would tarnish the Bible that bears his name so that Christians would turn away from God’s book to a more “modern” translation.

It seems though, that Weldon’s false account is being once again largely ignored by the majority of Christianity with the exception of those with an ulterior motive, such as its author had.

It might also be mentioned here that the Roman Catholic Church was so desperate to keep the true Bible out of the hands of the English people that it attempted to kill King James and all of Parliament in 1605.

In 1605 a Roman Catholic by the name of Guy Fawkes, under the direction of a Jesuit priest by the name of Henry Garnet, was found in the basement of Parliament with thirty-six barrels of gunpowder which he was to use to blow up King James and the entire Parliament. After killing the king, they planned on imprisoning his children, re-establishing England as a state loyal to the Pope and kill all who resisted. Needless to say, the perfect English Bible would have been one of the plot’s victims. Fawkes and Garnet and eight other conspirators were caught and hanged.

It seems that those who work so hard to discredit the character of King James join an unholy lot.

This was excellent reading! It amazes me that those today who try to discredit God’s Preserved Word in English in the King James Bible go to such lengths to find heresies against him but do not study out history to learn the actual truth.

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Catholicism, Scriptures

Catholics believe that only the original Scriptures are good and that today’s Bible has been corrupted by man. That means that the catholic does not believe that God is who He says He is. Is anything too hard for God?

(Gen 18:14) Is any thing too hard for the LORD? (Jer 32:17) Ah Lord GOD! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee: (Jer 32:27) Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me?

If there is nothing too hard for God, why can’t He preserve His Word through the years despite of man’s wickedness? God knew that man’s heart was desperately wicked (Jer 17:9) The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?. This did not catch Him by surprise. Therefore, God kept the Oracles alive and Jesus spoke of these Scriptures in the synagogues. He quoted them time and time again. Why would God change? Why could He not keep the Word preserved in the years after Jesus left? After all, the Holy Spirit was now residing with the born-again believer.

God says that His Word will abide forever. He cannot lie and, therefore, His Word will abide forever!

(Psa 119:89) LAMED. For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven.

(Psa 119:160) Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever.

(Psa 105:8 ) He hath remembered his covenant for ever, the word which he commanded to a thousand generations.

(Psa 119:160) Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever.

(Isa 40:8 ) The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.

(1Pe 1:23) Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.

(1 Pe 1:25) But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.

If you believe that the Bible has been corrupted by man, then you cannot possibly be saved. You are a gonner for sure.

(Rom 10:17) So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

(Heb 11:6) But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

Diligently seek the Lord, my friend! Without Him you are lost and on your way to hell. The catholic has also argued with me that the Bible came from the catholic church. IF this is true, then why did the catholic church allow God’s precious Word to be corrupted then if it was left in their care? Does that make any sense? You are easily fooled my friend!

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Catholicism

The 1994 Catholic Catechism says:

“The task of interpreting the Word of God authentically has been entrusted solely to the magisterium of the Church, that is, to the Pope and to the bishops in communion with him.” Pg. 30, #100

Can only the pope and the magisterium of the catholic church interpret the Bible? What does the Word say?

It is considered noble to search the Scriptures: (Act 17:11) These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so. How many times have you searched the Bible for things about what you are taught by your church?

(Mk 12:24) And Jesus answering said unto them, Do ye not therefore err, because ye know not the scriptures, neither the power of God?

Why would Jesus admonish the Sadducees because they didn’t know the Scriptures if it was impossible for them to? And why did your “first pope” Peter say, (2 Peter 1:20) Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.

Why does Paul instruct us to study the Bible if we can’t interpret it? (2 Tim 2:15) Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

Why does Jesus tell the Jews to search the Bible in (Joh 5:39) Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. Why would He do that, if you couldn’t interpret them?

The catholic church does not want you searching the Scriptures because they don’t want you to know the truth about how to truly be saved. They want to hold you in bondage so that you keep turning to her for your answers.

Who really does the interpreting for us? The Holy Spirit – not a church or a preacher. Jesus said He would leave us the Comforter (the Holy Spirit) who would teach us all things because the Holy Spirit teaches TRUTH! (John 14:26) But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. and (John 16:13) Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.

The Apostle Paul says that it was the Holy Spirit who taught him. (1 Cor. 2:13) Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. and (1 Cor. 2:12) Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.

Why would we encouraged to memorize the Scriptures if we couldn’t understand them? (Ps 119:11) Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. and (Prov 7:2-3) Keep my commandments, and live… write them upon the table of thine heart.

We do not need anyone to teach us because we have the Perfect Teacher, the Holy Spirit. 1 John 2:26-27 says These things have I written unto you concerning them that seduce you. But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, andye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie , and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him. (emphasis mine).

Why would a church discourage you from being in the Word? Why would you be taught in a catechism that only the pope and the church leaders can interpret when the Bible (even your own catholic bible) states otherwise? You are easily fooled because you have allowed the largest organization in the world to fool you. God’s Word does not deceive but leads a soul to the light of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. In its pages are truth because God wrote these words and God cannot lie.

Psa 119:97-99 O how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the day. Thou through thy commandments hast made me wiser than mine enemies: for they are ever with me. I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies are my meditation. (emphasis mine)

This does not sound like a God that wants you to have someone else chew His Word and digest it. Our God wants YOU to do it. Don’t be lazy, man! Dig in the Word of God! Stop criticizing me and saying that I am interpreting the Word of God “in my own way” and dig into it for yourself and let God speak to you? Are you afraid that you might find out that your church has been wrong all these years? I challenge you to use that brain that God gave you and study the Word for yourself!

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Catholicism

The 1994 Catholic Catechism states:

“Sacred images in our churches and homes are intended to awaken and nourish our faith in the mystery of Christ. Through the icon of Christ and his works of salvation, it is he whom we adore. Through sacred salvation, it is he whom we adore. Through sacred images of the holy Mother of God, of the angels and of the saints, we venerate the persons represented.” Pg. 307, #1192

Dear catholic, it does not matter what “reason” you have for having a statue in your home. It does not matter that you venerate the person and not the statue itself. What does matter is that God says we should not have the statue – PERIOD.

If I want to honor your mother, all you have to do is to think of her. She is ever present in your thoughts and in your heart, right? Do you need a picture of her to remind you of her?

The 1994 Catholic Catechism does not even pretend that this doctrine came from God:

Following the divinely inspired teaching of our holy Fathers and the tradition of the Catholic Church (for we know that this tradition comes from the Holy Spirit who dwells in her) we rightly define with full certainty and correctness that, like the figure of the precious and life-giving cross, venerable and holy images of our Lord and God and Savior, Jesus Christ, our inviolate Lady, the holy Mother of God, and the venerated angels, all the saints and the just, whether painted or made of mosaic or another suitable material, are to be exhibited in the holy churches of God, on sacred vessels and vestments, walls and panels, in houses and on streets.” Pg. 300, #1161

This doctrine came from the “holy Fathers” and “tradition of the Catholic Church.” So, my catholic friend, are you to believe that these holy Fathers were “divinely inspired” to violate God’s Word? Would God contradict Himself?

The Catholic church contends that idols will “awaken and nourish” your faith in “the mystery of Christ.” I don’t need a picture of my mother or a bust of her to remind me of her. I think of her every single day. Why do you, my catholic friend, need a statue to remind you of Christ? Should He not be foremost in your heart and mind anyway? If you need a picture or a statue to bring you to a state of worship in your heart, then your heart is in the wrong place. When one is born-again and saved from eternal damnation, Christ is foremost in that person’s heart and all his thoughts are consumed with His love and what He has done. We do not need to be reminded when we look at a statue or picture. We have Him imprinted on our very heart!

God’s Word forbids their use. Who will you obey?

(Lev 26:1) Ye shall make you no idols nor graven image, neither rear you up a standing image, neither shall ye set up any image of stone in your land, to bow down unto it: for I am the LORD your God.

Mark 7:8 For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men.

Catholicism

The 1994 Catholic catechism states that baptism is necessary for salvation:

“The Lord himself affirms that Baptism is necessary for salvation.” Pg. 320, #1257

Also,

“The Church does not know of any other means other than Baptism that assures entry into eternal beatitude…” Pg. 320, #1257

“The faithful are born anew by Baptism…” Pg. 311, #1212

“Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons of God; we become members of Christ, and are incorporated into the Church…” Pg. 312, #1213

“Baptism not only purifies from all sins, but also makes the neophyte ‘a new creature,’ an adopted son of God, who has become a ‘partaker of the divine nature,’ member of Christ and co-heir with him, and a temple of the Holy Spirit.” Pg. 322, #1265

“By Baptism all sins are forgiven, original sin and all personal sins, as well as all punishment for sin.” Pg. 321, #1263 (See pg. 257, #985)

What does the Bible say about this? (Joh 1:12) But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: (emphasis mine)

Baptism cannot forgive sins because the Word states differently. It is Christ’s precious blood at salvation that forgives our sins. (Eph 1:7) In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; (emphasis mine)

If baptism were necessary, then the Apostle Paul would not have said: (1 Cor 1:17) For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect. (emphasis mine).

When one gets saved, there must be a turning away of the old sinful life. A thief can no longer continue to steal – a liar can no longer continue to lie – an adulterer can not longer continue to be an adulterer. Repentance is necessary or the salvation experience has made the cross of Christ of none effect! John the Baptist’s first words were to repent and so were Jesus’ first words in His ministry.

(Mat 3:2) And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.(Mat 4:17) From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.After repentance and salvation came baptism.

(Mat 3:6) And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins.

(Act 2:41) Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.

(Act 8:12) But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.

(Act 8:13) Then Simon himself believed also: and when he was baptized, he continued with Philip, and wondered, beholding the miracles and signs which were done.

(Act 8:35) Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus.

(Act 8:36) And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized?

(Act 8:37) And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.

(Act 16:30) And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?

(Act 16:31) And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.

(Act 16:32) And they spake unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house.

(Act 16:33) And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, straightway.

(Act 18:8 ) And Crispus, the chief ruler of the synagogue, believed on the Lord with all his house; and many of the Corinthians hearing believed, and were baptized.

Salvation comes first by hearing the Word of God and believing what is preached. Then baptism follows.

The Catechism also says:

“All the sacraments are sacred links uniting the faithful with one another and binding them to Jesus Christ, and above all Baptism, the gate by which we enter into the Church.” Pg. 248, #950

Again, the Word has something to say about this. (Luk 23:43) And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise. The thief was never baptized yet Jesus Himself promised him that he would be with Him in paradise. Baptism is not necessary for salvation but is an act of obedience after salvation. The thief did not have time nor the ability to be baptized but that did not stop him from going to Heaven. Salvation is through Jesus Christ alone.

There are so many things in the catechism that a catholic is not aware of. I was not aware that the catechism teaches that when a person is baptized, it is really Jesus Himself who is doing the baptizing:

“By his (Christ’s) power he is present in the sacraments so that when anybody baptizes, it is really Christ himself who baptizes.” Pg. 283, #1088

Where is this said in the Bible? It isn’t. It is yet another tradition of the catholic church.

“Baptism indeed is the seal of eternal life.” Pg. 324, #1274

The Word is quite clear as to what seals the believer. Nowhere does the Word state that baptism is the seal of eternal life. What the Word does say is: (Eph 1:13) In whom ye also trusted, 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, and(Eph 4:30) And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. (emphasis mine).Again, catholic tradition supersedes the Word of God in the catholic church. Who will you believe? What will you tell Jesus when you stand before Him (and you will) and He asks you why you believed lies instead of His Word?

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The 1994 Catholic Catechism states that Mary is the Queen of Heaven.

“Finally the Immaculate Virgin, preserved free from all stain of original sin, when the course of her earthly life was finished, was taken up body and soul into heavenly glory, and exalted by the Lord as Queen over all things.” Pg. 252, #966

I searched God’s Word for the phrase “Queen of Heaven” and found it referenced five times:

(Jer 7:18 ) The children gather wood, and the fathers kindle the fire, and the women knead their dough, to make cakes to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto other gods, that they may provoke me to anger.

(Jer 44:17) But we will certainly do whatsoever thing goeth forth out of our own mouth, to burn incense unto the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto her, as we have done, we, and our fathers, our kings, and our princes, in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem: for then had we plenty of victuals, and were well, and saw no evil.(Jer 44:18 ) But since we left off to burn incense to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto her, we have wanted all things, and have been consumed by the sword and by the famine.

(Jer 44:19) And when we burned incense to the queen of heaven, and poured out drink offerings unto her, did we make her cakes to worship her, and pour out drink offerings unto her, without our men?

(Jer 44:25) Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, saying; Ye and your wives have both spoken with your mouths, and fulfilled with your hand, saying, We will surely perform our vows that we have vowed, to burn incense to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto her: ye will surely accomplish your vows, and surely perform your vows.

The Word does not teach that it is OK to worship the Queen of Heaven, my friend. In fact, it condemns it! Do you really think that God would associate Himself with a practice He has condemned and that makes Him angry??

Jer 7:18 The children gather wood, and the fathers kindle the fire, and the women knead their dough, to make cakes to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto other gods, that they may provoke me to anger. (emphasis mine) God’s anger is provoked here!

You worship Mary, your queen of heaven, for the same reason these people did in Jeremiah’s time. You obey tradition and magisterium and what they tell you to do. It was no different in Jeremiah’s time: (Jer 44:17) But we will certainly do whatsoever thing goeth forth out of our own mouth, to burn incense unto the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto her, as we have done, we, and our fathers, our kings, and our princes, in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem: for then had we plenty of victuals, and were well, and saw no evil. The people were blinded by tradition and continued to worship the queen of heaven because they saw no evil in it. After all, your priests and Pope wouldn’t lie to you… or would they?

As a catholic, have your done your research on this topic? You just need to do a Google search to find out there are many religions that have and still worship the “Queen of heaven.” Why would God associate Mary to a title that is given to many false goddesses?

With that as a side note, let’s proceed to who God says is to be exalted on high:

(Psa 57:5) Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens; let thy glory be above all the earth.

(1Ch 29:11) Thine, O LORD, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O LORD, and thou art exalted as head above all.

(Psa 18:46) The LORD liveth; and blessed be my rock; and let the God of my salvation be exalted.

There are many more verses – I’ve only listed a few for brevity’s sake.

Furthermore, only the Lord is to be exalted:

(Isa 2:11) The lofty looks of man shall be humbled, and the haughtiness of men shall be bowed down, and the LORD alone shall be exalted in that day.

(Isa 2:17) And the loftiness of man shall be bowed down, and the haughtiness of men shall be made low: and the LORD alone shall be exalted in that day.God receives glory through whom? Through Jesus Christ – not Mary.

(Rom 16:27) To God only wise, be glory through Jesus Christ for ever. Amen. [Written to the Romans from Corinthus, and sent by Phebe servant of the church at Cenchrea.]

I searched the word “Jesus” in my e-Swordand it appears 983 times in the Bible. The word “Christ” appears 541 times and the phrase “Lord Jesus” appears 115 times! The entire New Testatement covers Christ’s birth, life, death, resurrection, salvation and how to live as Christians. His reign is not kept silent – in fact, it is stated with boldness! Three times it is mentioned that He is Lord of lords and King of kings!

(1Ti 6:15) Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords;

(Rev 17:14) These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.

(Rev 19:16) And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.

His right to be exalted is not hidden – it is not silent. It is easily read and it is extremely well documented in our Bible.

Now, let’s review Mary’s reign – Mary’s right to being exalted as the catholic catechism states. Let’s see what God’s Word says:

Hmmmm … nothing! No where can I find a verse that supports such a doctrine! Mary is spoken of maybe 30 or so times in the Word, altogether. No where is she placed on a pedestal. No where is she exalted to a place higher than any of the apostles. If Jesus had thought that she should be, He would have stated somewhere that she was to be given special honor. But yet, there is no record of it. I challenge anyone to show me where this would be so.

Only Jesus, the Lord of lords and King of kings is to receive exaltation! (Php 2:9) Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:

(Php 2:10) That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;

and

(Rev 5:12) Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.

The Book of Revelation would have been a perfect place to put the Queen of Heaven. However, the only mention of a queen in Revelation was the Queen of Babylon: (Rev 18:7) How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow. Why would Christ be silent about His mother if He loved her so much to exalt her to the position of Queen of Heaven? How many sons do you know that are silent about their mothers?

Again, catholicism puts Mary in a greater position that she should have and demotes Jesus Christ from His rightful position. Catholicism says that Mary is the Queen of all things yet God is angered by this. When God is referenced in the New Testament when it comes to worship, Mary is never mentioned. Why not? Is it because it’s tradition and magisterium?

(Mar 7:8 ) For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do.

(Col 2:8 ) Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.

My friend, only God is to be exalted – only Jesus Christ!

(Php 2:9) Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:

(Php 2:10) That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;

(Php 2:11) And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

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The 1994 Catholic Catechism states the following about praying to Mary:

“By asking Mary to pray for us, we acknowledge ourselves to be poor sinners and we address ourselves to the ‘Mother of Mercy,’ the All-Holy One… May she welcome us as our mother at the hour of our passing to lead us to her son, Jesus, in paradise.” Pg. 644, #2677

Hmmm, let’s break this apart and compare it to the Word of God:

1. Mary is the Mother of Mercy:

Jesus said, (Mat 9:13) But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. (emphasis mine)

God said to Moses, (Rom 9:15) For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. (emphasis mine)

(Eph 2:4) But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, This does not mention Mary at all.

(Heb 4:16) Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. (emphasis mine). Why would we be commanded to personally and directly go before the throne of grace to obtain mercy? We are told to go boldly – one can only go boldly before the Father when one has the Son. Mary is not mentioned here.

(Jud 1:21) Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. (emphasis mine). We are not commanded to look for mercy of Mary but of Jesus Christ our Lord!

“From the most ancient times the Blessed Virgin has been honored with the title of `Mother of God,’ to whose protection the faithful fly in all their dangers and needs…” Pg. 253, #971

Turning to Mary in time of need is not commanded in the Bible. Jesus repeatedly told us to come to Him!

(Mat 11:28 ) Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.(Mat 19:14) But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.

(Mar 10:14) But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.

(Luk 18:16) But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.

(Joh 6:65) And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father.

(Joh 7:37) In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.

That was just Jesus saying this in the New Testament. Since Jesus is God, look at some verses where God said in the Old Testament to go to Him:

(Jer 33:3) Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.

(Psa 50:15) And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.(Psa 91:15) He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.

(Jer 29:12) Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. (emphasis mine).

I was told by a catholic that I was pompous and full of myself because I thought I could go directly to God Himself in prayer! What???? Does the Word not say to call upon the Lord?

(2Sa 22:7) In my distress I called upon the LORD, and cried to my God: and he did hear my voice out of his temple, and my cry did enter into his ears.(1Ch 21:26) And David built there an altar unto the LORD, and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings, and called upon the LORD; and he answered him from heaven by fire upon the altar of burnt offering.

(Psa 18:6) In my distress I called upon the LORD, and cried unto my God: he heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry came before him, even into his ears.

(Psa 99:6) Moses and Aaron among his priests, and Samuel among them that call upon his name; they called upon the LORD, and he answered them.

(Psa 118:5) I called upon the LORD in distress: the LORD answered me, and set me in a large place.

Not a single verse tells us to pray to Mary but there sure are plenty that tell us to call upon God and He will answer us! He is the One to turn to in time of need, not Mary.

(Psa 37:39) But the salvation of the righteous is of the LORD: he is their strength in the time of trouble.(Psa 46:1) [To the chief Musician for the sons of Korah, A Song upon Alamoth.] God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

(Isa 33:2) O LORD, be gracious unto us; we have waited for thee: be thou their arm every morning, our salvation also in the time of trouble.

(Psa 41:1) Blessed is he that considereth the poor: the LORD will deliver him in time of trouble.

(Psa 55:22) Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved. It does not say to cast our burdens on Mary.

Christ is all sufficient. He alone can carry our burdens. (Mat 11:28 ) Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

Jesus tells us who to pray to in the New Testament:

(Luk 11:2) And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth. This says to pray to the Father.

(Joh 16:23) And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you. Obviously Jesus taught that we could pray to the Father – in His Name! No praying to Mary – no asking Mary to pray for us – we can go to the Father ourselves in Jesus’ name!

Phil. 4:6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. Again, let your requests be made known unto God – not Mary!

Uh, either the Bible is wrong or catholicism is wrong. Why go to God through Mary when you can go to Him directly as Jesus commanded? Mary told the disciples to do what Jesus told them to do. If you believe in Mary so much, why are you not obeying her? (Joh 2:5) His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it.

Who will you believe? God or man? (Act 5:29) Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.

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