Matthew 5

“God blesses you when people mock you and persecute you and lie about you and say all sorts of evil things against you because you are my followers. Be happy about it! Be very glad! For a great reward awaits you in heaven. And remember, the ancient prophets were persecuted in the same way.”

Matthew 5:11-12

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Dying to self

“I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

Galatians 2:20

To live you must die. To be born again you must allow your flesh to die.

To be alive in Christ you must be dead to your self.

Byron Frank

The Truth About Sin

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If people truly knew the devastation of their sin, they would never “mess around”, “try it once”, “just have a little bit more”, say “it was just one time” or “it’s just a little lie.”

For those who have been burned by the sin they are in, or as a result of the sins of others, it’s just that, a painful fire of agony and devastation. It’s prison bars of hard labour and slavery to an unrelenting master.

Sin is woodworm. It rots the human soul at the roots, devouring all peace, joy, love and truth, leaving a putrid smell of rotting flesh.

Sin consumes and destroys. It destroys you and those around you. Like an uncontrollable fire ranging on a hot dry day. It devours everything that is set before it.

How poignant the picture of Jesus hanging on the cross. He who knew no sin. He never expressed, gave way or made provision for any vile thing. Even so, He choose to take the penalty of the sin we so readily invite into our lives.

The violence of sin ravaged His body, tore His flesh and disfigured the one and only God who came to earth as a human. For sin is the heart of violence, cruelty and malice.

Jesus hung on the tree to free us from our prisons, our own deplorable lifestyles. Our beautiful Saviour’s face dripped with blood and grimaced in pain.

The reality of sin laid bare. The result of sin is death.
Jesus took that death so we could be free from our own sin and the sin of others.

He bore our sin and shame. Jesus laid down His life and rose from the dead to break the curse humanity has been subject to since the garden.

He did not die to merely forgive your sins but to remove your sin.

He died not only to remove the cost of sin in our lives.
He died and rose again to restore us to our created value, like a great artist restoring His masterpiece.

Jesus meticulously removes the grime, dirt, mire and mud, revealing His original design.

The colour and depth of His creation lay hidden under the darkness of sin. He could not leave His art work hidden.
He needed to restore us!

No matter how deep and dark the sin. No matter how “far gone” you think you are, you’re not beyond the blood of Jesus Christ. You’re not beyond the loving gaze of the original artist!

He paid the ultimate sacrifice to restore you to who He created you to be.

His blood flowed to wash all your sin away. Your addictions, your fetishes and perversions; your lies and your cruelty.
Jesus’ blood was shed for all that has marred you, all that has crushed you, disfigured and twisted you.

Turn to Jesus and come into your designed purpose.
Come to Jesus and begin to live out the destiny He has had written for you before the foundations of creation.
Follow Jesus and enter into your true identity.

“There is salvation in no one else! God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved.”– Acts 4:12

Blessings

Reason and Reality: belief, dogma, truth and your created value

God made us: invented us as a man invents an engine. A car is made to run on petrol, and it would not run properly on anything else. Now God designed the human machine to run on Himself. He Himself is the fuel our spirits were designed to burn, or the food our spirits were designed to feed on. There is no other. That is why it is just no good asking God to make us happy in our own way without bothering about religion (faith). God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there.”

-C.S Lewis

I often hear the word “dogmatic” being thrown out.

This word is used in a negative sense by people meaning to dominate another person with religious doctrines or belief. People often accuse others of being “dogmatic” when they are simply being upfront and honest.

It’s easy to dismiss someone you disagree with by calling them dogmatic rather than listening to what they are trying to express to you.

We all have free will and can make a choice what to believe.

The Bible is very clear that we can all choose Jesus or reject Him. It is also very clear that our choices have consequences. The principle of “what you sow you reap.” Your current decisions will affect your future reality.

Inaction also has consequences. What we refuse to accept; the truths we reject will alter our future.

Truth is unaffected by your willingness to accept it.

When one speaks it boldly this does not make him dogmatic it makes him honest. Truth is truth!

In this culture of subjective truth how can we say there is black and white truth?

Jesus said “I am the truth”

He came to Earth to make “truth” flesh and blood. Truth was no longer etched in stone but came in the form of a man. Jesus embodied truth in physical form. When Jesus died and was resurrected He gave man the gift of the Holy Spirit so these truths could be carved in our hearts and minds and become part of us.

If there is a “grey” area it is because Jesus is relational.


Truth cannot be watered down or subverted. Jesus never undermines His standard of truth. However Jesus is gracious and patient with us to work out truth in our individual lives through relationship with Him. He is gracious with each man and women to “guide you into all truth” (John 16:13)

There are true forces at work in this world! Forces of light and forces of darkness.

We often choose to forget that there is a spiritual realm. Just because we choose to forget it does not make it any less real.

God made each person unique and special. He created a masterpiece in man.

Think about your ability to love others and receive love. Think about when your heart breaks because of injustice in the world. Those attributes are God-given and part of the divine nature.

When we choose to live as we are created to be then we function how we are designed.

We cannot function as we are designed without being in right relationship with Christ Jesus.

He knows how He made us and how we are to function. When we act and function outside of how we were created we choose dysfunction. When we choose to listen to what others say about us rather than who Jesus says we are, we choose to listen to a foreign voice. A voice that never made us, doesn’t know how we are to function and whose goal is to destroy us.

Satan can not touch God because Christ has already won the victory. So he tries to destroy what God created. He works hard to destroy God’s master piece.

This is how we allow the demonic to get into our lives. Living demonically is simply living, acting and believing something that is outside of our God-given identity. It’s acting outside of our created purpose.

A automobile doesn’t make a very good rolling pin. You could slap some dough outside on the road and drive over it a couple times but those cookies will not taste very good because you are using a car instead of a rolling pin.

The issue is not with the vehicle but with how it is being used. It’s being operated outsides it’s designed function.

It’s the same with us when we operate outside the perimeters of our created purpose.

We can go our own way and listen to the enemy’s voice but in the end we will be a mangled mess just like that dough on the highway. We will be left with a gritty gross taste in our mouths.

Jesus loves you! You are His master piece. He is not against you. He doesn’t want to bring you pain or suffering. Rather He wants to bring you a future and hope (Jeremiah 29:11). He doesn’t want to rain on your parade or suppress you. He is for you and wants what is truly best for your life. You just have to take Him at His word.

Use critical thinking when addressing these truths.

But not the logic of mere man but the logic divinely given by God.

I cannot convince anyone of anything with mere logic but present the truth and trust the Holy Spirit will bring revelation to minds and hearts.

“We are human, but we don’t wage war as humans do. We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments. We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God. We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ. (2 Corinthians 10:3-5)

We can fool ourselves into thinking all kinds of nonsense but the quicker we gather the facts and face the truth the sooner we move on.

Accusing people who have the heart of Christ as being “dogmatic” will not change the truth. It will merely suppress the truth in your own heart and mind.

Truth is truth no matter how much you deny it.

Reject God if you would like but know the full scope of what you are rejecting.

Jesus is Lord and God! He laid down His heavenly rights to humble Himself to live as man. He died a criminals death on the cross to pay the price for all sin. To restore us back to who He created us to be in the beginning. To bring us back to who He designed us to be.

Jesus rose from the dead, beating death! His power releasing us from dead works that keep up in a cycle of slavery and malfunction. His Spirit released to give us the power to be who we were created to be and to walk like He walked!

May the Spirits wind words bring revelation of these truth!

May you make the choice to follow the Way, the Truth, and the Life (John 14:6). The very Word that fashioned, formed and moulded all life into existence: Jesus Christ!

(Read John Chapter 1!)

You are loved and made for a purpose!

Blessings in the mighty name of Jesus!

“How well I have learned that there is no fence to sit on between heaven and hell. There is a deep, wide gulf, a chasm, and in that chasm is no place for any man.”

Johnny Cash

Identity Series

“But now, this is what the Lord says—
    He who created you, Jacob,
    He who formed you, Israel:
“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
    I have summoned you by name; you are mine.”

-Isaiah 43:1

He Created You

He Formed You

He Redeemed You

No Fear in Jesus Name

He Has Called You By Name!

These videos are geared towards Jr/Sr. Teens and were originally presented for Strasbourgh Bible Camp’s virtual camp 2020.

Raising The Standard

“But this is not the way of life that Christ has unfolded within you. If you have really experienced the Anointed One, and heard his truth, it will be seen in your life; for we know that the ultimate reality is embodied in Jesus!

And he has taught you to let go of the lifestyle of the ancient man, the old self – life, which was corrupted by sinful and deceitful desires that spring from delusions. Now it’s time to be made new by every revelation that’s been given to you.And to be transformed as you embrace the glorious Christ-within as your new life and live in union with him! For God has re-created you all over again in his perfect righteousness, and you now belong to him in the realm of true holiness.”

Ephesians 4:20-24

Open in New Window

A House With No Locked Doors

“For if you choose self-sacrifice and lose your lives for my glory, you will continually discover true life.

But if you choose to keep your lives for yourselves, you will forfeit what you try to keep.”

Matthew 16:25 (Passion Translation)

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