Have you drawn close to God for nothing?

IMG_20140719_205356It may seem like God has forgotten those of us who are trying our best to be obedient. It seems those who do not care, who will not help the down trodden and who do many bad things live in peace and comfort. We have to keep in mind God is listening and taking note. We may even question why we have done our best to cleanse ourselves and obey God.

(Psalm 73:3-13)  3 For I became envious of the boasters, [When] I would see the very peace of wicked people.  4 For they have no deathly pangs; And their paunch is fat.  5 They are not even in the trouble of mortal man, And they are not plagued the same as other men.  6 Therefore haughtiness has served as a necklace to them; Violence envelops them as a garment.  7 Their eye has bulged from fatness; They have exceeded the imaginations of the heart.  8 They scoff and speak about what is bad; About defrauding they speak in an elevated style.  9 They have put their mouth in the very heavens, And their tongue itself walks about in the earth. 10 Therefore he brings his people back hither, And the waters of what is full are drained out for them. 11 And they have said: “How has God come to know? And does there exist knowledge in the Most High?” 12 Look! These are the wicked, who are at ease indefinitely. They have increased [their] means of maintenance. 13 Surely it is in vain that I have cleansed my heart And that I wash my hands in innocence itself.

Many have felt this way. God does take note of who is obedient and who is not. This system is temporary but the new system is forever. Those written in the book of remembrance will be rewarded by God and it will be an eternal reward.

(Malachi 3:14-16) 14 “YOU have said, ‘It is of no value to serve God. And what profit is there in that we have kept the obligation to him, and that we have walked dejectedly on account of Jehovah of armies? 15 And at present we are pronouncing presumptuous people happy. Also, the doers of wickedness have been built up. Also, they have tested God out and keep getting away.’” 16 At that time those in fear of Jehovah spoke with one another, each one with his companion, and Jehovah kept paying attention and listening. And a book of remembrance began to be written up before him for those in fear of Jehovah and for those thinking upon his name. . .

Those who have washed their outer garments and acknowledged the one true God will not be blotted out of his book.

(Revelation 3:4, 5) . . .. 5 He that conquers will thus be arrayed in white outer garments; and I will by no means blot out his name from the book of life, but I will make acknowledgment of his name before my Father and before his angels. . .

(Philippians 4:2, 3) . . .. 3 Yes, I request you too, genuine yokefellow, keep assisting these [women] who have striven side by side with me in the good news along with Clement as well as the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the book of life.

During the resurrection those who have done bad and thought it went unnoticed will receive their reward which is the lake of fire and those who were obedient will be rewarded with eternal life.

(John 5:28, 29) 28 Do not marvel at this, because the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice 29 and come out, those who did good things to a resurrection of life, those who practiced vile things to a resurrection of judgment. . .

(Revelation 20:11-15) . . .. 12 And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and scrolls were opened. But another scroll was opened; it is the scroll of life. And the dead were judged out of those things written in the scrolls according to their deeds. 13 And the sea gave up those dead in it, and death and Ha′des gave up those dead in them, and they were judged individually according to their deeds. 14 And death and Ha′des were hurled into the lake of fire. This means the second death, the lake of fire. 15 Furthermore, whoever was not found written in the book of life was hurled into the lake of fire.

We know we are in the last days. The time is very near for scoffers who follow their own sinful desires to be done away with. We need to stay strong we only have a little longer it is a sign salvation is near.

(2 Peter 3:2-7) . . .. 3 For YOU know this first, that in the last days there will come ridiculers with their ridicule, proceeding according to their own desires 4 and saying: “Where is this promised presence of his? Why, from the day our forefathers fell asleep [in death], all things are continuing exactly as from creation’s beginning.” 5 For, according to their wish, this fact escapes their notice, that there were heavens from of old and an earth standing compactly out of water and in the midst of water by the word of God; 6 and by those [means] the world of that time suffered destruction when it was deluged with water. 7 But by the same word the heavens and the earth that are now are stored up for fire and are being reserved to the day of judgment and of destruction of the ungodly men. . .

 

We are to lift our heads because it means deliverance is near.

(Luke 21:25-28) 25 “Also, there will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth anguish of nations, not knowing the way out because of the roaring of the sea and [its] agitation, 26 while men become faint out of fear and expectation of the things coming upon the inhabited earth; for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 27 And then they will see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 28 But as these things start to occur, raise yourselves erect and lift YOUR heads up, because YOUR deliverance is getting near.”

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Should we be blaming God?

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Man has been blaming God for many things since the garden of Eden. Adam tried to blame God for him falling short because it was God who had blessed him with a helper. I still hear people do this, when something bad happens they will say it was God’s will. God’s does not desire bad things to happen. 

(Genesis 3:12) 12 And the man went on to say: “The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me [fruit] from the tree and so I ate.. . .

I hear people blame the suffering on God and say when someone is in an accident it is God’s will. Just as in the garden they blame God.

Proverbs 19:3) 3 It is the foolishness of an earthling man that distorts his way, and so his heart becomes enraged against Jehovah himself.

(Jeremiah 2:17) 17 Is not this what you proceeded to do to yourself by your leaving Jehovah your God during the time of [his] walking you in the way. . .

Man causes most of the misery because we reject to follow God’s wisdom and guidance. We lack the wisdom and foresight God has but many refuse to except that and follow what they think is right and it results in many bad things happening to ourselves and others.

(James 4:1-3) 4 From what source are there wars and from what source are there fights among YOU? Are they not from this source, namely, from YOUR cravings for sensual pleasure that carry on a conflict in YOUR members? 2 YOU desire, and yet YOU do not have. YOU go on murdering and coveting, and yet YOU are not able to obtain. YOU go on fighting and waging war. YOU do not have because of YOUR not asking. 3 YOU do ask, and yet YOU do not receive, because YOU are asking for a wrong purpose, that YOU may expend [it] upon YOUR cravings for sensual pleasure. . .

Most know the story of Job. Satan tried him. There is a big difference between being tried and tested. For example if I take everything you have to see if you would loose your integrity as Satan did with Job I would be trying you. I would never do such a thing but it happens daily many times.

Now if I entrusted you with something valuable of mine and I have never seen that your integrity has been proven but decided to let you keep watch over my valuables to see, I would be testing you.

(James 1:13) 13 When under trial, let no one say: “I am being tried by God.” For with evil things God cannot be tried nor does he himself try anyone. . .

We were not promised it would be easy, many know the scriptures tell us the whole world lies in the power of the wicked one.

(John 16:32, 33) . . .. 33 I have said these things to YOU that by means of me YOU may have peace. In the world YOU are having tribulation, but take courage! I have conquered the world. . .

(John 15:20) Bear in mind the word I said to YOU, A slave is not greater than his master. If they have persecuted me, they will persecute YOU also; if they have observed my word, they will observe YOURS also.

(John 15:19) If YOU were part of the world, the world would be fond of what is its own. Now because YOU are no part of the world, but I have chosen YOU out of the world, on this account the world hates YOU

God tolerates badness being patient waiting and hoping people will change.

(Psalm 50:21) These things you have done, and I kept silent. You imagined that I would positively become like you. I am going to reprove you, and I will set things in order before your eyes

(Psalm 106:43) 43 Many times he would deliver them, But they themselves would behave rebelliously in their disobedient course, And they would be brought low for their error.

(2 Peter 3:9) 9 Jehovah is not slow respecting his promise, as some people consider slowness, but he is patient with YOU because he does not desire any to be destroyed but desires all to attain to repentance. . .

I frequently hear people blame death on God. Death is God’s enemy and the bible makes that clear. Man brought death on ourselves with our disobedience. Because we are born imperfect we inherit a sinful nature. It is why God had his word written to guide us and teach us how to overcome it an many other obstacles and to give us hope.

(James 1:14, 15) . . .. 15 Then the desire, when it has become fertile, gives birth to sin; in turn, sin, when it has been accomplished, brings forth death. . .

(Ezekiel 18:3, 4) . . .. 4 Look! All the souls—to me they belong. As the soul of the father so likewise the soul of the son—to me they belong. The soul that is sinning—it itself will die. . .

Death is not something God willed on man but man has brought it on ourselves. This is why death will be the final enemy to be destroyed.

(1 Corinthians 15:25, 26) 25 For he must rule as king until [God] has put all enemies under his feet. 26 As the last enemy, death is to be brought to nothing. . .

(Revelation 21:7, 8) . . .. 8 But as for the cowards and those without faith and those who are disgusting in their filth and murderers and fornicators and those practicing spiritism and idolaters and all the liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulphur. This means the second death. . .

(Revelation 20:14) 14 And death and Ha′des were hurled into the lake of fire. This means the second death, the lake of fire. . .

(Romans 6:7) 7 For he who has died has been acquitted from [his] sin. . .

We are not to teach others to blame God we are to teach of his mercy, his generosity and his many other qualities that would bring glory to his great name. He will give us strength to do the things he requires of us until this system has ended.

(Acts 20:23, 24) 23 except that from city to city the holy spirit repeatedly bears witness to me as it says that bonds and tribulations are waiting for me. 24 Nevertheless, I do not make my soul of any account as dear to me, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received of the Lord Jesus, to bear thorough witness to the good news of the undeserved kindness of God. . .

We are to offer words of encouragement. How encouraging would it be if we continue to blame things on a blameless God? If we make God seem selfish, vindictive and vengeful who would want to put faith in him. He is a loving God and has been very patient with man. We have brought misery on ourselves and we cause it.

(Acts 14:22) strengthening the souls of the disciples, encouraging them to remain in the faith and [saying]: “We must enter into the kingdom of God through many tribulations

(James 1:16, 17) 16 Do not be misled, my beloved brothers. 17 Every good gift and every perfect present is from above, for it comes down from the Father of the [celestial] lights, and with him there is not a variation of the turning of the shadow. . .

(Isaiah 25:9) 9 And in that day one will certainly say: “Look! This is our God. We have hoped in him, and he will save us. This is Jehovah. We have hoped in him. Let us be joyful and rejoice in the salvation by him. . .

When something bad happens to someone and they say it was God’s will it makes me think have they decided they are God’s enemy? This is the only time I have seen God bring calamity on someone is if they chose to be his enemy. God always provided a way out for those who chose to patiently wait on and trust him.

(Numbers 20:10, 11) . . .” 11 With that Moses lifted his hand up and struck the crag with his rod twice; and much water began to come out, and the assembly and their beasts of burden began to drink. . .

(Exodus 16:4) 4 Then Jehovah said to Moses: “Here I am raining down bread for YOU from the heavens; and the people must go out and pick up each his amount day for day, in order that I may put them to the test as to whether they will walk in my law or not. . .

We know if we are no part of the world it is not going to treat us well so we will suffer and experience trials but they are not God’s fault.

(James 1:2-4) 2 Consider it all joy, my brothers, when YOU meet with various trials, 3 knowing as YOU do that this tested quality of YOUR faith works out endurance. 4 But let endurance have its work complete, that YOU may be complete and sound in all respects, not lacking in anything.

Just as in Noah’s day God gave Noah the knowledge he needed to survive the great flood that came on the ancient wicked world, he has provided the knowledge we will need to survive the collapse and destruction of this system of things. So we need to appreciate God’s mercy and not blame him but put the blame on Satan and those who do not choose to obey God and even our own inherited imperfections.

(Genesis 7:17) 17 And the deluge went on for forty days upon the earth, and the waters kept increasing and began carrying the ark and it was floating high above the earth. . .

(1 Corinthians 10:9-13) 9 Neither let us put Jehovah to the test, as some of them put [him] to the test, only to perish by the serpents. 10 Neither be murmurers, just as some of them murmured, only to perish by the destroyer. 11 Now these things went on befalling them as examples, and they were written for a warning to us upon whom the ends of the systems of things have arrived. 12 Consequently let him that thinks he is standing beware that he does not fall. 13 No temptation has taken YOU except what is common to men. But God is faithful, and he will not let YOU be tempted beyond what YOU can bear, but along with the temptation he will also make the way out in order for YOU to be able to endure it.

Those who obey God are protected by him. He foils the plans of those who oppose him. So if something bad happens and we blame God. Are we saying that we are God’s enemy? I say this because those are the only ones God brought calamity on. If we are God’s friend then what would the sources of our misfortunes be? It is clear it is Satan and disobedient man.

(Daniel 6:21, 22) . . .. 22 My own God sent his angel and shut the mouth of the lions, and they have not brought me to ruin, forasmuch as before him innocence itself was found in me; and also before you, O king, no hurtful act have I done. . .

(Psalm 34:19) 19 Many are the calamities of the righteous one, But out of them all Jehovah delivers him. . .

God had warned us what the results of rejecting him as our king would be and we are seeing those results and their conclusion. No matter how good the intentions of a ruler is they do not have the power or wisdom that God has.

(Ecclesiastes 8:9) 9 All this I have seen, and there was an applying of my heart to every work that has been done under the sun, [during] the time that man has dominated man to his injury. . .

(1 Samuel 8:5-8) . . .” 6 But the thing was bad in the eyes of Samuel inasmuch as they had said: “Do give us a king to judge us,” and Samuel began to pray to Jehovah. 7 Then Jehovah said to Samuel: “Listen to the voice of the people as respects all that they say to you; for it is not you whom they have rejected, but it is I whom they have rejected from being king over them. 8 In accord with all their doings that they have done from the day of my bringing them up out of Egypt until this day in that they kept leaving me and serving other gods,. . .

(Exodus 14:24, 25) 24 And it came about during the morning watch that Jehovah began to look out upon the camp of the Egyptians from within the pillar of fire and cloud, and he went throwing the camp of the Egyptians into confusion. 25 And he kept taking wheels off their chariots so that they were driving them with difficulty; and the Egyptians began to say: “Let us flee from any contact with Israel, because Jehovah certainly fights for them against the Egyptians.”

(Exodus 9:22-26) 22 Jehovah now said to Moses: “Stretch out your hand toward the heavens, that hail may come on all the land of Egypt, upon man and beast and all vegetation of the field in the land of Egypt.” 23 So Moses stretched out his rod toward the heavens; and Jehovah gave thunders and hail, and fire would run down to the earth, and Jehovah kept making it rain down hail upon the land of Egypt. 24 Thus there came hail, and fire quivering in among the hail. It was very heavy, so that there had not occurred any like it in all the land of Egypt from the time it became a nation. 25 And the hail went striking at all the land of Egypt. The hail struck everything that was in the field, from man to beast, and all sorts of vegetation of the field; and it shattered all sorts of trees of the field. 26 Only in the land of Go′shen, where the sons of Israel were, there occurred no hail. . .

God put Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. The nearest word to what we have now days that could match the meaning is amusement park. So the garden was very pleasant Adam and Eve had no reason to mistrust God. He even gave them the work of making the whole earth like that. Adam and Eve became arrogant and decided they did not need God’s guidance. Jesus himself never chose his own will but he always put his heavenly fathers will first. He knew he needed his fathers guidance and wisdom so never thought he was equal to God. He set a perfect example of how we should be and follow all God instructs us to do.

(Genesis 3:5) 5 For God knows that in the very day of YOUR eating from it YOUR eyes are bound to be opened and YOU are bound to be like God, KNOWING good and bad. . .

(Philippians 2:5, 6) 5 Keep this mental attitude in YOU that was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, although he was existing in God’s form, gave no consideration to a seizure, namely, that he should be equal to God. . .

(John 14:27, 28) . . .. 28 YOU heard that I said to YOU, I am going away and I am coming [back] to YOU. If YOU loved me, YOU would rejoice that I am going my way to the Father, because the Father is greater than I am. . .

When people get hurt it can be from carelessness or even time and unforeseen circumstances. This is why God often times gave laws to Israel demonstrating the importance of taking safety precautions.

(Ecclesiastes 9:11) 11 I returned to see under the sun that the swift do not have the race, nor the mighty ones the battle, nor do the wise also have the food, nor do the understanding ones also have the riches, nor do even those having knowledge have the favor; because time and unforeseen occurrence befall them all.

(1 Kings 22:34) 34 And there was a man that bent the bow in his innocence, but he got to strike the king of Israel between the appendages and the coat of mail, so that he said to his charioteer. . .

(Deuteronomy 22:8) 8 “In case you build a new house, you must also make a parapet for your roof, that you may not place bloodguilt upon your house because someone falling might fall from it.

He does not desire any of this calamity. It is the result of the desires of man. The things happening on the earth were not his will but the will of man in opposition to God.

(Jeremiah 29:11) 11 “‘For I myself well know the thoughts that I am thinking toward YOU,’ is the utterance of Jehovah, ‘thoughts of peace, and not of calamity, to give YOU a future and a hope. . .

(Colossians 1:13, 14) 13 He delivered us from the authority of the darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of the Son of his love, 14 by means of whom we have our release by ransom, the forgiveness of our sins. . .

God’s original purpose and his will for the earth will take place Jesus even taught us to pray for it.

(Matthew 6:9, 10) . . .“‘Our Father in the heavens, let your name be sanctified. 10 Let your kingdom come. Let your will take place, as in heaven, also upon earth. . .

(John 5:27-30) . . .. 28 Do not marvel at this, because the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice 29 and come out, those who did good things to a resurrection of life, those who practiced vile things to a resurrection of judgment. 30 I cannot do a single thing of my own initiative; just as I hear, I judge; and the judgment that I render is righteous, because I seek, not my own will, but the will of him that sent me. . .

(Revelation 21:1-4) 21 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the former heaven and the former earth had passed away, and the sea is no more. 2 I saw also the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God and prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 With that I heard a loud voice from the throne say: “Look! The tent of God is with mankind, and he will reside with them, and they will be his peoples. And God himself will be with them. 4 And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away. . .

We only have to endure a little while longer and more thing ever we need to learn what the will of God is so we can live according to his will.

(Hebrews 10:35-39) . . .. 36 For YOU have need of endurance, in order that, after YOU have done the will of God, YOU may receive the [fulfillment of the] promise. 37 For yet “a very little while,” and “he who is coming will arrive and will not delay.” 38 “But my righteous one will live by reason of faith,” and, “if he shrinks back, my soul has no pleasure in him.” 39 Now we are not the sort that shrink back to destruction, but the sort that have faith to the preserving alive of the soul. . .

(John 3:16-21) 16 “For God loved the world so much that he gave his only-begotten Son, in order that everyone exercising faith in him might not be destroyed but have everlasting life. 17 For God sent forth his Son into the world, not for him to judge the world, but for the world to be saved through him. 18 He that exercises faith in him is not to be judged. He that does not exercise faith has been judged already, because he has not exercised faith in the name of the only-begotten Son of God. 19 Now this is the basis for judgment, that the light has come into the world but men have loved the darkness rather than the light, for their works were wicked. 20 For he that practices vile things hates the light and does not come to the light, in order that his works may not be reproved. 21 But he that does what is true comes to the light, in order that his works may be made manifest as having been worked in harmony with God.”

Reasons For Studying The Bible.

If you don't read it how can you have faith. Benefits From Studying Your Bible.

     The bible list many benefits from studying and   applying God’s written words. This is just a small list of a few of the benefits.

                               1. Galatians 5:22  You will be blessed with the fruits of the spirit.

                               2. Proverbs 1:22,23  God will open  your eyes to the truth.

                               3. Galatians 6:10-13 God will help you become stronger by preparing to endure the battles     you will face  in life.

                               4.  2 Peter 3:9, Revelation 3:2,3  God desires none to be destroyed. By studying and applying the scriptures we will become strong enough and wise enough that we may survive the inevitable destruction of this system.

                                5. Proverbs 13:20 You will find true wisdom.

                                6. Acts 13:6-10 You are given authority over demons.

                                7. 2 Thessalonians 2:6-9, 1 Peter 3:12-15  We are going to suffer no matter what so wouldn’t it be better to suffer as a righteous person then unrighteous?   Relief will come for those who suffer as righteous.

                               Here is a link to a wonderful article on why God permits suffering.  http://wol.jw.org/en/wol/d/r1/lp-e/1102005141?q=suffering&p=par