The truth will set your free.

Written by Lee Stevenson, sorry I am not the best editor.

Jesus “stated the truth will set you free.” In what ways can the truth set you free? Many are so confused now days. The lines between right and wrong have been skewed. The disease, suffering , starvation, corruption, crimes, violence and many other things are now happening on a scale that has never occurred before. Even though we will endure tribulation the truth sets us free in a way others who do not worship in truth experience. I am going to show why more then ever we need to worship in truth by showing the many benefits that God blesses us with when we worship in truth.

By knowing our bibles well and knowing what God requires and writing his word on our hearts we are free of the pressures society puts on others. Their opinions and ideas change almost daily and they can be unreasonable and often times you don’t know what to expect from someone one day to the next. There is a freedom that comes from knowing when to make your yes mean yes and your no mean no. As the lines between what is right and wrong get blurred which is happening at an alarming rate now days we do not have to be indecisive or confused what we ought to do if we have written God’s word on our hearts. This prevents us from being indecisive when it comes to things involving our worship or morality. Often times when you start opposing the devil he will attack you bad. But if you hold fast to your faith and love for God and Jesus he will eventually flee from you. This is also why the bible says we should not make promises and if we do we should make certain we keep them. There are so many unexpected things that can happen if we make a promise then cannot keep it we look like we are not dependable or we give empty promises. By applying bible counsel we prevent those situations.

Some have been severely injured , have been born with a disability, lost their hearing or eyesight. Those who worship in truth know there will be a new earth were righteous are to dwell and there will be no more lame, sickness or suffering. This gives them hope for the future because none of the promises God has made have ever went unfulfilled so we can be certain the future promises he has given will be fulfilled. Jesus healed many, so we need to have no doubt that in the new earth we can enjoy being fully healthy.

Many have the fear of Hell indoctrinated into them. That is not a biblical teaching the original word used Sheol meant grave or pit. The hell fire teaching came from false religion and they use the parable of Lazarus as validation of this claim but it is a parable and does not refer to an eternal suffering in a fiery hell. The original meaning of Hell was to conceal or cover over, which was not an accurate translation but still did not mean heat or torment. When Jesus spoke of Gehenna , it was used to justify the hellfire teaching. Gehenna was a pit outside the city that they burned refuse in. They would throw animal carcasses and bones in the pit. They kept a constant fire there to burn things to ashes. The bible tells us from dust we are to dust we return. It also tells us in the day we die our thoughts perish. If a person died and went to heaven or hell there would be no need for a resurrection because no one would be dead they would either be in heaven or hell. It seems to me Satan has deceived people into believing the original lie in the Garden of Eden when he told Adam and Eve they would not die. Still today people refuse to believe they die when life ends and believe that they go on living somewhere else. When we die it is like we are asleep to God and our life’s energy returns to God. During the resurrection there will be a resurrection of both the righteous and unrighteous. The unrighteous will be a resurrection of judgment. If the unrighteous were in hell then why would they need to be resurrected to be judged? This is why many no longer believe the bible because so many false teachings make the bible seem to contradict itself. God told Adam and Eve from dust you are to dust you will return. In Psalms it tells us when the spirit goes out and returns to God we return to the ground and our thoughts perish. If we lived on in heaven or hell wouldn’t we still have thoughts? If it was not for Jesus ransom sacrifice to redeem us there would be no hope for the dead. Jesus died a perfect human which blotted out the sin, he defeated death by remaining loyal and faithful to God even when facing persecution and death. We are also free from the fears that others have. If we have faith in God and Jesus we don’t even have to fear death because the bible tells us not even death can separate us from the love of Jesus and the love of God.

Many heavily rely on things like fortune telling, numerology and astrology. Those are things God would not approve of. Getting involved in those things is a type of false worship because you are putting your faith in something other then God. God requires exclusive devotion. Israel had gotten caught up in this when they worshiped the god of luck and the god of destiny and God showed Israel his disapproval. Some consult spirit mediums. There is only one true God. There is no one wiser , more trust worthy and more loving then him. When you put your faith in Jehovah God and Jesus , because they do not change and Jehovah is the source of life even if we die , we could live again. There is no one more powerful then God is, his power is limitless and he cannot die like humans can. By putting our faith in the one true God we are free from many of the fears that others have because they do not have such a wise and powerful and merciful God. The bible said we would experience tribulation so we may as well experience at as a righteous person so we have the future hope. Not only that but if we are practicing it as a righteous person often times even extremely difficult things God will get those who love him and are faithful through it. Often times those who do not have faith in God get emotionally destroyed by difficult times and they also lack the hope in the future promises that comes with having faith in God and fully trusting him.

It can free us from the influence of demons, lies especially those involved in false religion. It frees us from the sins committed from being deceived and not worshiping in truth. If you have ever noticed someone who believes something that is not a biblical teaching they will resent and even hate those who teach the bible in truth. Falsehoods are very difficult to defend. When you worship in truth you have confidence the truth will defend itself so have no need to react angrily or with violent or hateful thoughts. This is why Jesus said if they do not accept the truth shake the dust off your feet. In other words do not let it bother you. You told the truth it will defend itself. When God’s great day of judgment is here it will become very clear who was telling the truth and who was not. False religion in Jesus days had many traditions and celebration that were not put in place by God and they even violated his laws. They put heavy burdens on people financially and even physically. Many of those traditional celebrations involved forms of idolatry. The bible warned there would be teaching of demons in many churches in the last days. By worshiping in truth we are free of the burdens man and the demons would put on us. We also would be free from the guilt that comes from idolatry.

The truth protects us from lies. Believing or telling lies can complicates ones life. One can tell if they have been convinced of a lie because the more they have to defend it the more complicated it gets to defend a lie because more lies have to be told to support the first lie. For example major religion has actually changed history and how it actually has happened in order to support their lies. But eventually documents or something gets unearthed to expose the truth. It takes more lies to defend the first lie until eventually the lies get so numerous a person would have to completely ignore certain scriptures to maintain their belief in a lie. Some religions teach their leaders word over rides the bible. The bible warned if anyone taught something or said something contrary to what the bible says then they are teaching false doctrine. We are not to add to God’s word or take from it. The bible tells us by preventing our tongue from lying we enjoy many good days. The bible tells us the one who lies with every breath shall perish. It stands to reason, it is very stressful trying to defend a lie. Studies have shown stress dramatically reduces ones life span. When we tell the truth in the end what matters is whether God knows or not, because he is above all others , there is no authority over him. So whether someone believes us when we tell the truth or not we do not have to worry because God knows the truth and will remember that we stood for being truthful no matter what. Since he is the one who gives life we are free from the fear of destruction that others would have to fear. By not lying we are protected from the destruction that others will suffer during the day of judgment and free of the fear that our lie will be found out. Studies have shown those who tell lies eventually start losing their sense of what is real and what is not. So not telling lies protects our minds. Many believe they do not sin. The bible tells us if we believe we do not sin we are a liar. We all fall short and sin. If we were perfect we would not have had to have the bible written for us by God to guide us in how to prevents sinning and how to overcome it when we do sin. This helps us grow and to draw closer to God and Jesus. Those who lie will not reflect in the mirror of God’s perfect word so do not get the peace of mind and security that those who apply God’s word and do their best to draw closer to him would enjoy. Gods word hurts their conscience. What hope do those who lie have for the future. It is why when they are under trials and tribulation they are full of anxiety and the feelings of hopelessness. When the corruption of this system is being used to attack them they lose all hope. Those who do not lie know they can trust God and no matter what they endure, if they endure it as a righteous person God will reward them. This helps to free us from the anxieties and frustrations that come from having no hope. By not lying we can freely approach God in prayer and it will protect our hearts when we are being tried and give us an inner peace that those who lie do not enjoy.

By taking on the yoke of Jesus we are not burdened by the many problems others cause themselves. A yoke is put between beast of burden so they can share the load. What if you have a beast of burden that does not carry it’s load or causes an increased work load for the rest of the beast of burden. It can cause them to become wore down. This is why Jesus warns do not become unevenly yoked with unbelievers because it can eventually start wearing at our faith, trust and loyalty to God. For example fornication which covers a variety immoral sex acts comes with the dangers of sexually transmitted diseases , some of them can actually cost you your life. There is unplanned pregnancy that can come with immoral relations. Having children out of wedlock does not provide a child with the stability they need while growing up. Often times the father does not participate in the children’s lives and even refuse to support them causing the mother to struggle financially. If we become unevenly yoked by those who approve of such things we could easily get drawn in and it may not only destroy our lives but it could effect others negatively. By taking on Jesus yoke and doing our best to obey the commands he has given us we are protected from the harm that can come from being yoked with the world who do not obey the commands Jesus has given us. By obeying God and following Jesus example we are protect from the confusion and problems immoral relations can cause. Often times the fornication carries guilt. We are free from the guilt and complications that come from fornicating.

We are told the whole world lies in the power of the wicked one. We are also told not to put our trust in ourselves or nobles. By trusting in God and Jesus it prevents us from making the many mistakes that we see man make. History has shown man makes the same mistakes over and over again. If they would obey God and put there trust in him many of those mistakes could be avoided. The mistakes man makes often times causes problems for themselves and others. When you trust God and Jesus and put your faith in them it prevents you from bringing more problems on yourselves and from causing others problems. We are all imperfect but by putting our trust in God if we make an error we have the confidence that his word will show us the way out. We can also be certain when we have whole heartedly repented God will forgive us because he is a merciful God. When the world makes errors they usually try to fix it by making more errors, causing themselves and others more problems. By putting faith in God and letting him guide us we will not make as many errors and if we do we have the confidence that his word will guide us through it and show us the way out instead of adding to our problems. The bible says we will suffer tribulation , by doing our best to obey God when we do suffer tribulation as a righteous person we will not have the added burdens those of the world have. This can helps us to endure because we have the yoke of Jesus so the burden is much lighter. Not only that but when we associate with those who do not let the God’s word guide them it sometimes can add stress to our lives because we try to navigate around their lack of faith and trust in God which can add stress to our lives. Also by being friends with those who reject God we are telling God we approve of their behavior. No matter how nice they may seem if God is not calling them to Jesus then there are things we cannot see that he can. We have to remember God can read peoples hearts and can see the hidden things in the heart we cannot. It is the more subtle things that can draw us away from God. By putting on the yoke of Jesus and being no part of the world we are protected and will not risk falling short and adding to the burdens of our lives.

Things are rapidly winding down, what hope do those who do not put their faith in God or Jesus have. They do not have the hope that being a part of the heavenly kingdom gives to those who do their best to obey God have. This can cause them to become heavily involved in the politics of this world and the corruption in it. Being no part of the world protects us from putting our trust in man and in doing so we have faith in the heavenly kingdom with Jesus as our king, when the end of this system comes we have no need to fear because Jesus said to raise ourselves up because when these things occur it means redemption is near. So when this occurs it is exciting times for those who are obedient because we know things are going to get much much better very soon. For those who put their faith in man and the corrupt political system and imperfect humans in this system when it collapses what hope do they have? What hope do those who put their trust in the wealth of this system or the material things of the world have when these things are gone, which the bible shows will occur very very soon? Those who put their trust and faith in God even if they lose everything they can have faith that God will protect them and get them through it. How refreshing it is to not live in the fear and panic others are in right now as they see things rapidly getting much much worse. What about those who are ill and do not get to know God or who are blind and do not get to know God? They have no hope to ever be healed and to experience perfect health which the bible promised to those who are obedient and faithful. So we can see the truth sets us free from the many anxieties and worries that those who are part of the world will experience.

The bible tells us to protect our minds from bad thoughts, and evil influence. Illegal drugs and excess alcohol make our minds open to influences. They can alter our moral compass . Many have made errors when intoxicated by a drug or alcohol that have destroyed their lives or cost others theirs. Some of the errors made while under the influence of a substance have permanently altered their lives or the lives of others in a way it has left life long emotional scars and sometimes financial loss. The cost of substance abuse or alcohol abuse is very expensive and have driven many to poverty. By protecting our minds from substance abuse or alcohol abuse it also protects us and others. If someone is struggling with substance abuse or alcoholism I can tell you first hand drawing closer to God helps you overcome them. I could never have done it on my own, my spiritual relatives were really there for me and they always had the right scripture to comfort me and help me overcome my alcoholism.

Another way the truth sets us free is we do not hold on to negative emotions, especially anger. Anger has been shown to dramatically impact our health it can negatively effect our mitochondria, our adrenal glands, our guts and can lead to cardiovascular disease. Jesus stressed the importance of forgiving others . We are even to forgive our enemies and pray for them. If our enemies are hungry or thirsty we are to provide for them. This prevents us feeling the hatred and anger that the world seems to be driven by now days. Because of this we come to know the real love that God and Jesus has. Even though our love would never be as complete and as pure as theirs if we do our best to imitate their love then we can experience the happiness they experience and we do not have the burden of the negative emotions that come with hating others or by carrying our anger for long periods of time. It frees our minds to dwell on happier and more fulfilling things. By holding a grudge or not forgiving someone it can hinder our prayers and even prevent God from listening to them. So those who are forgiving will have their prayers heard and be shown mercy as they show mercy.

This system is rapidly winding down. Food shortages, pestilence , hatred, violence, corruption, chronic illness, financial hardships and many other things are going to get worse. Those who have faith and trust in God and Jesus know these things are a sign that things are going to get much much better very soon. This is why Jesus said when you see these things occur raise ourselves up because deliverance is near. So we need to focus more on spiritual things now more then ever. Pray to God now more then ever. Things will get difficult for a short period of time but God has always gotten his people through it. We are in a time very similar to when Israel was ready to enter the promised land. They had two steep cliffs on each side of them. They had the sea in front of them. They had the enemy in chariots that had blades on the wheels. They would run people over and the blades would hack them up. It may have seemed hopeless for them but they remained faithful and did all God ask. He parted the sea for them. This resulted in then having a clear path to the promised land. When the enemy tried to cross God left the sea flood over them. Not a single one of the enemy soldiers that were pursuing them survived. Also even though all these things are occurring those with faith in God know God will protect them and provide for them as long as they have faith in him. This frees us from the fear and panic many are in now. This frees us from having to look for solutions because we know those solutions will not come from man but they will come from God.

(John 8:31, 32) 31 Then Jesus went on to say to the Jews who had believed him: “If you remain in my word, you are really my disciples, 32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.

(Acts 15:9-11) . . .. 10 So why are you now making a test of God by imposing on the neck of the disciples a yoke that neither our forefathers nor we were capable of bearing? 11 On the contrary, we have faith that we are saved through the undeserved kindness of the Lord Jesus in the same way that they are.”

(Mark 7:7, 8) 7 It is in vain that they keep worshipping me, for they teach commands of men as doctrines.’ 8 You let go of the commandment of God and cling to the tradition of men.”

(1 Timothy 4:1-5) 4 However, the inspired word clearly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to misleading inspired statements and teachings of demons, 2 by means of the hypocrisy of men who speak lies, whose conscience is seared as with a branding iron. 3 They forbid marriage and command people to abstain from foods that God created to be partaken of with thanksgiving by those who have faith and accurately know the truth. 4 For every creation of God is fine, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, 5 for it is sanctified through God’s word and prayer over it.

(Jeremiah 10:1-5) 10 Hear the word that Jehovah has spoken against you, O house of Israel. 2 This is what Jehovah says: “Do not learn the way of the nations, And do not be terrified by the signs of the heavens Because the nations are terrified by them.  3 For the customs of the peoples are a delusion. It is just a tree of the forest that is cut down, Worked by the hands of the craftsman with his tool.  4 They adorn it with silver and gold And fasten it with hammer and nails so that it will not fall over.  5 Like a scarecrow in a cucumber field, they cannot speak; They have to be carried, for they cannot walk. Do not fear them, for they can do no harm, Nor can they do any good.”

(John 8:43-47) . . .. 44 You are from your father the Devil, and you wish to do the desires of your father. That one was a murderer when he began, and he did not stand fast in the truth, because truth is not in him. When he speaks the lie, he speaks according to his own disposition, because he is a liar and the father of the lie. 45 Because I, on the other hand, tell you the truth, you do not believe me. 46 Who of you convicts me of sin? If I speak truth, why is it that you do not believe me? 47 The one who is from God listens to the sayings of God. This is why you do not listen, because you are not from God.”

(Matthew 10:13-15) . . .. 14 Wherever anyone does not receive you or listen to your words, on going out of that house or that city, shake the dust off your feet. 15 Truly I say to you, it will be more endurable for the land of Sodʹom and Go·morʹrah on Judgment Day than for that city.

(James 4:7-10) 7 Therefore, subject yourselves to God; but oppose the Devil, and he will flee from you. 8 Draw close to God, and he will draw close to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you indecisive ones. 9 Give way to misery and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned into mourning, and your joy into despair. 10 Humble yourselves in the eyes of Jehovah, and he will exalt you.

(Matthew 5:33-37) 33 “Again you heard that it was said to those of ancient times: ‘You must not swear without performing, but you must pay your vows to Jehovah.’ 34 However, I say to you: Do not swear at all, neither by heaven, for it is God’s throne; 35 nor by earth, for it is the footstool of his feet; nor by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. 36 Do not swear by your head, since you cannot turn one hair white or black. 37 Just let your word ‘Yes’ mean yes, your ‘No,’ no, for what goes beyond these is from the wicked one.

(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 also saw 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 people. 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.”

(Isaiah 65:24, 25) 24 Even before they call out, I will answer; While they are yet speaking, I will hear. 25 The wolf and the lamb will feed together, The lion will eat straw just like the bull, And the serpent’s food will be dust. They will do no harm nor cause any ruin in all my holy mountain,” says Jehovah.

(Isaiah 35:6, 7)  6 At that time the lame will leap like the deer, And the tongue of the speechless will shout for joy. For waters will burst forth in the wilderness, And streams in the desert plain.  7 The heat-parched ground will become a reedy pool, And the thirsty ground springs of water. In the lairs where jackals rested, There will be green grass and reeds and papyrus.

(Ecclesiastes 9:5, 6) 5 For the living know that they will die, but the dead know nothing at all, nor do they have any more reward, because all memory of them is forgotten. 6 Also, their love and their hate and their jealousy have already perished, and they no longer have any share in what is done under the sun.

(Psalm 146:4)  4 His spirit goes out, he returns to the ground; On that very day his thoughts perish. . .

(Psalm 13:3) 3 Look upon me and answer me, O Jehovah my God. Give light to my eyes, so that I may not fall asleep in death,

(John 11:11-14) 11 After he said these things, he added: “Lazʹa·rus our friend has fallen asleep, but I am traveling there to awaken him.” 12 The disciples then said to him: “Lord, if he is sleeping, he will get well.” 13 Jesus, however, had spoken about his death. But they imagined he was speaking about taking rest in sleep. 14 Then Jesus said to them plainly: “Lazʹa·rus has died,

(1 Corinthians 15:20-22) 20 But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep in death. 21 For since death came through a man, resurrection of the dead also comes through a man. 22 For just as in Adam all are dying, so also in the Christ all will be made alive.

(Revelation 20:12-15) . . .The dead were judged out of those things written in the scrolls according to their deeds. 13 And the sea gave up the dead in it, and death and the Grave gave up the dead in them, and they were judged individually according to their deeds. 14 And death and the Grave 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.

(John 5:28-30) 28 Do not be amazed at this, for 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, and 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 my judgment is righteous because I seek, not my own will, but the will of him who sent me.

(2 Thessalonians 1:9) 9 These very ones will undergo the judicial punishment of everlasting destruction from before the Lord and from the glory of his strength. . .

(2 Peter 3:7) 7 But by the same word the heavens and the earth that now exist are reserved for fire and are being kept until the day of judgment and of destruction of the ungodly people.

(Romans 8:37-39) . . .. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life nor angels nor governments nor things now here nor things to come nor powers 39 nor height nor depth nor any other creation will be able to separate us from God’s love that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

(Isaiah 65:11-13) 11 But you are among those forsaking Jehovah, Those forgetting my holy mountain, Those setting a table for the god of Good Luck, And those filling up cups of mixed wine for the god of Destiny. 12 So I will destine you for the sword, And all of you will bow down to be slaughtered, Because I called, but you did not answer, I spoke, but you did not listen; You kept doing what was bad in my eyes, And you chose what displeased me.” 13 Therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord Jehovah says: “Look! My servants will eat, but you will go hungry. Look! My servants will drink, but you will go thirsty. Look! My servants will rejoice, but you will suffer shame.

(Deuteronomy 18:10-13) . . ., 11 anyone binding others with a spell, anyone who consults a spirit medium or a fortune-teller, or anyone who inquires of the dead. 12 For whoever does these things is detestable to Jehovah, and on account of these detestable practices Jehovah your God is driving them away from before you. 13 You should prove yourself blameless before Jehovah your God.

(Psalm 34:12-14) 12 Who among you takes pleasure in life And would love to see many good days? נ [Nun] 13 Then guard your tongue from what is bad, Your lips from speaking deception. ס [Samekh] 14 Turn away from what is bad and do what is good; Seek peace and pursue it.

(Proverbs 19:9)  9 A false witness will not go unpunished, And the one who lies with every breath will perish.

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

(James 1:12, 13) 12 Happy is the man who keeps on enduring trial, because on becoming approved he will receive the crown of life, which Jehovah promised to those who continue loving Him. 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.

(Matthew 24:13, 14) 13 But the one who has endured to the end will be saved. 14 And this good news of the Kingdom will be preached in all the inhabited earth for a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.

(Job 42:10, 11) 10 After Job had prayed for his companions, Jehovah removed Job’s tribulation and restored his prosperity. Jehovah gave him double what he had before. 11 All his brothers and sisters and all his former friends came to him and ate a meal with him in his house. They sympathized with him and comforted him over all the calamity that Jehovah had allowed to come upon him. Each of them gave him a piece of money and a gold ring.

(Philippians 4:4-7) 4 Always rejoice in the Lord. Again I will say, Rejoice! 5 Let your reasonableness become known to all men. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious over anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication along with thanksgiving, let your petitions be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and your mental powers by means of Christ Jesus.

(John 16:33) 33 I have said these things to you so that by means of me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation, but take courage! I have conquered the world.”

(John 8:34-36) 34 Jesus answered them: “Most truly I say to you, every doer of sin is a slave of sin. 35 Moreover, the slave does not remain in the household forever; the son remains forever. 36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be truly free.

(Romans 6:15-18) . . .! 16 Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey, either of sin leading to death or of obedience leading to righteousness? 17 But thanks to God that although you were once the slaves of sin, you became obedient from the heart to that pattern of teaching to which you were handed over. 18 Yes, since you were set free from sin, you became slaves to righteousness.

(Matthew 11:28-30) . . .. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am mild-tempered and lowly in heart, and you will find refreshment for yourselves. 30 For my yoke is kindly, and my load is light.”

(2 Corinthians 6:14-18) 14 Do not become unevenly yoked with unbelievers. For what fellowship do righteousness and lawlessness have? Or what sharing does light have with darkness? 15 Further, what harmony is there between Christ and Beʹli·al? Or what does a believer share in common with an unbeliever? 16 And what agreement does God’s temple have with idols? For we are a temple of a living God; just as God said: “I will reside among them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people.” 17 “‘Therefore, get out from among them, and separate yourselves,’ says Jehovah, ‘and quit touching the unclean thing’”; “‘and I will take you in.’” 18 “‘And I will become a father to you, and you will become sons and daughters to me,’ says Jehovah, the Almighty.”

(1 Peter 2:18-25) . . .. 19 For it is agreeable when someone endures hardship and suffers unjustly because of conscience toward God. 20 For what merit is there if you are beaten for sinning and you endure it? But if you endure suffering because of doing good, this is an agreeable thing to God. 21 In fact, to this course you were called, because even Christ suffered for you, leaving a model for you to follow his steps closely. 22 He committed no sin, nor was deception found in his mouth. 23 When he was being insulted, he did not insult in return. When he was suffering, he did not threaten, but he entrusted himself to the One who judges righteously. 24 He himself bore our sins in his own body on the stake, so that we might die to sins and live to righteousness. And “by his wounds you were healed.” 25 For you were like sheep going astray, but now you have returned to the shepherd and overseer of your souls.

(1 Peter 4:15, 16) 15 However, let none of you suffer as a murderer or a thief or a wrongdoer or a busybody in other people’s matters. 16 But if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not feel ashamed, but let him keep on glorifying God while bearing this name.

(Matthew 5:27-30) 27 “You heard that it was said: ‘You must not commit adultery.’ 28 But I say to you that everyone who keeps on looking at a woman so as to have a passion for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 29 If, now, your right eye is making you stumble, tear it out and throw it away from you. For it is better for you to lose one of your members than for your whole body to be pitched into Ge·henʹna. 30 Also, if your right hand is making you stumble, cut it off and throw it away from you. For it is better for you to lose one of your members than for your whole body to land in Ge·henʹna.

(Luke 10:26-28) . . .” 27 In answer he said: “‘You must love Jehovah your God with your whole heart and with your whole soul and with your whole strength and with your whole mind’ and ‘your neighbor as yourself.’” 28 He said to him: “You answered correctly; keep doing this and you will get life.”

(Romans 12:1, 2) 12 Therefore, I appeal to you by the compassions of God, brothers, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, a sacred service with your power of reason. 2 And stop being molded by this system of things, but be transformed by making your mind over, so that you may prove to yourselves the good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

(1 Peter 5:6-10) 6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, so that he may exalt you in due time, 7 while you throw all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you. 8 Keep your senses, be watchful! Your adversary, the Devil, walks about like a roaring lion, seeking to devour someone. 9 But take your stand against him, firm in the faith, knowing that the same kind of sufferings are being experienced by the entire association of your brothers in the world. 10 But after you have suffered a little while, the God of all undeserved kindness, who called you to his everlasting glory in union with Christ, will himself finish your training. He will make you firm, he will make you strong, he will firmly ground you.

(Ephesians 5:15-18) 15 So keep strict watch that how you walk is not as unwise but as wise persons, 16 making the best use of your time, because the days are wicked. 17 On this account stop being unreasonable, but keep perceiving what the will of Jehovah is. 18 Also, do not get drunk with wine, in which there is debauchery, but keep getting filled with spirit.

(Proverbs 20:1) 20 Wine is a ridiculer, alcohol is unruly; Whoever goes astray by them is not wise.

(Proverbs 23:21) 21 For a drunkard and a glutton will come to poverty, And drowsiness will clothe one with rags.

(Matthew 18:21, 22) 21 Then Peter came and said to him: “Lord, how many times is my brother to sin against me and am I to forgive him? Up to seven times?” 22 Jesus said to him: “I say to you, not up to seven times, but up to 77 times.

(Mark 11:24, 25) 24 This is why I tell you, all the things you pray and ask for, have faith that you have received them, and you will have them. 25 And when you stand praying, forgive whatever you have against anyone, so that your Father who is in the heavens may also forgive you your trespasses.”

(Luke 17:2-4) . . .. 3 Pay attention to yourselves. If your brother commits a sin, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him. 4 Even if he sins seven times a day against you and he comes back to you seven times, saying, ‘I repent,’ you must forgive him.”

(Romans 12:17-21) 17 Return evil for evil to no one. Take into consideration what is fine from the viewpoint of all men. 18 If possible, as far as it depends on you, be peaceable with all men. 19 Do not avenge yourselves, beloved, but yield place to the wrath; for it is written: “‘Vengeance is mine; I will repay,’ says Jehovah.” 20 But “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by doing this you will heap fiery coals on his head.” 21 Do not let yourself be conquered by the evil, but keep conquering the evil with the good.

(Luke 21:27, 28) 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, stand up straight and lift up your heads, because your deliverance is getting near.”

(Luke 21:16-19) 16 Moreover, you will be handed over even by parents and brothers and relatives and friends, and they will put some of you to death, 17 and you will be hated by all people because of my name. 18 But not even a hair of your heads will perish. 19 By your endurance you will preserve your lives.

(Luke 12:6, 7) Five sparrows sell for two coins of small value, do they not? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. 7 But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Have no fear; you are worth more than many sparrows.

Building discernment for protection.

Written by Lee Stevenson, sorry I am not the best editor.

In order to be aware of the more subtle things that could cause us to fall away from God or cause us to fall short requires discernment. I am going to discuss things that can help to build and protect our discernment.

The original world in the bible where subtle was used meant elusive, sly, crafty or treachorous. So when you are being deceive they will distract you or use partial truths to deceive you. For example the bible often mentions who cunning immoral women or men are at tricking people to do their will. By knowing fully what God would expect of us we can be more aware of when someone is trying to deceive us. Often times their words do not match their actions. If we pay attention to their actions. For example if they are very secretive experience has taught me to be very careful. For example if you ask a friend about their day and they are elusive be cautious this usually indicate they are hiding something. If you meet someone and they will not talk about themselves but will keep bringing the conversation back around to you be careful it means they are trying to control the conversation and do not want you to know more about them. Often times we brush those subtle things off but being subtle is how Satan deceived Eve. When Satan tempted Eve and tried to temp Jesus he first stated certain truths to try and get them to drop their guard then he would tell a lie. Eve knew what was required of her but kept listening to Satan’s deception. Jesus knew God’s word very well so when Satan would try to use the scripture in a deceptive way Jesus always followed with a scripture that Satan could not provide an answer to. Jesus told us that Satan is the creator of the lie, he has had thousands of years to practice deception so we need to know God’s word very well so we can identify when we are being deceived.

The bible warns us to keep our senses because our adversary the Devil walks around like a roaring lion seeking to devour someone. A lion will roar at the ground this causes it’s roar to reflect off the ground causing it to go in every direction. Since it’s pray cannot tell which direction the roar has come from often times the prey does not know which direction to run. The prey will run right in the direction of the lion. Satan will bombard people and try to overwhelm them. He will usually hit them in the areas they have the most confidence in. He did this with Job he took Job’s family, Job’s wealth and Job’s health. But Job never lost his faith in God and for that he was rewarded many times over. Job did not turn to the world for answers and solutions. When we are getting overwhelmed by many things be aware it could be an attack by Satan. His persecutions are not always obvious , he may use weaknesses of others in our lives as a way to persecute and cause us tribulation. When these things occur we should not take them personal. We all fall short. This is why we should be aware of our short comings because he could use our short comings to cause others to feel persecuted or tried.

The apostle Paul warned holding a grudge and not forgiving someone can cause us to be overreached by Satan. This is why Jesus tells us to forgive those who trespass against us.

Another subtle way we can be drawn away from God is by loving the things of the world more then we do God. Our actions demonstrate our love. If we devote so much time to things of the world that we cannot stay focused spiritually or we start missing meeting and associations with spiritual relatives it could be a sign we are loving the world and things in it more then God. Now God is not unreasonable he realizes things will come up that will need us to devote time to and it can take from us being able to apply ourselves spiritually. When this occurs we should at least try our best to take in his word daily. If you do have wealth you should imagine what it may be like for you if you no longer had it. Imagine how you could continue to honor God as you adjust to the life that is ahead of you. We are living in the last days and many will lose all they have. If we grow too attached to material things when we lose them it can cause us to lose faith and trust in God. For many of the apostles survival was a day to day thing yet they continue to build their faith and trust in God and set good examples of faith and obedience to God for others.

Another subtle way Satan and man, can trick us is to try and get us to put mans wisdom above God’s wisdomand try to get us to lean on our own understanding which can lead us astray. I often times hear people say I don’t need to study the bible because I will follow my heart. The bible warns the heart is treacherous and desperate. How many times have we done things out of desperation that we later realized was not the best solution? The bible warns us about putting our trust in human knowledge and philosophy of man. Often times I see psychologist and therapist that give advice that goes against what God would expect us to do. God created us he knows our minds and hearts better then anyone can. By writing God’s word on our hearts it prevents us being swayed by imperfect human knowledge which often times has been influenced by Satan. We write God’s word on our hearts by reading God’s word, applying it in our lives so much that we automatically know what God would want us to do. We need to be careful about anxieties of life and again getting caught up in the things of the world because Jesus warned were our treasure is there our heart will be. So if we get overly caught up in watching current events, acquiring material things , or start putting more confidence in secular knowledge and not weigh what God would want us to do we can be slowly led astray. Putting our trust in human knowledge or things of the world can lead our hearts astray. We have to deal with many secular things in life such as mental health experts, medical health experts, lawyers, and sometimes even financial experts. When they give advice we need to know God’s word because sometimes their advice may not be in agreement with what God would want us to do. The bible tells us the wisdom of the world is foolish and when this system ends much of that wisdom will be gone. The bible warns there is a way that seems right to man but the end result is death. The bible warns that if there is pride or arrogance Godly wisdom cannot exist in our hearts so we need to be careful and try our best to be humble. We are told Jehovah mocks those who ridicule but he grants wisdom to the humble. One subtle form of arrogance is ridicule. Do we look for the good in others or do we have a tendency to ridicule others. We are told God grants wisdom to the humble. Most of all if we want God’s wisdom to guide our hearts we need to ask him for his wisdom.

With things rapidly winding down we need discernment now more then ever. Discernment is acuteness of judgment and understanding. In other words it can help us decide what is correct and what is not. The bible warns if we do not keep trusting in God’s word we could lose our abilities of discernment. So we don’t only need to take God’s word in we need to let it guide all we do. If we do not we risk losing discernment which will make it hard for us to understand the deeper wisdom in the bible and we will get stuck in a cycle of needing milk instead of solid spiritual food. Jesus wept over a city because they lacked discernment. They knew God’s word but did not apply it so did not develop discernment. He knew many bad things were going to happen to them because they could not discern the times they were in. The Jewish system was going to collapse. Those who did not see the warning signs so they could flee would suffer some horrible things and few would survive. We are in the last days. If we do not develop our discernment and maintain it through practice we could lose sight of the times we are in and by the time we realize the reality of things it may be too late. If we are having difficulty developing our discernment we could talk to the elders and have them pray for us.

We should also find reasons to thank God and ways we can glorify God. With us living in the last days some of us may be really struggling whether it be in health, financially, persecution , and many other struggles in life. It may be difficult to find things to be thankful for. We can be thankful we have the one true God who will set matter straight very soon and will destroy all the wicked on the earth and end all suffering very soon. We have the future promises he has given us one of which is the restoration of the earth to a paradise and the promise living forever. We can be thankful we have a God who does not change because of this it is easy to know what he would require of us. Man is like a wave on the ocean whichever way the wind blows that is what will shape what they think. God is not like that he does not change, this can give us confidence in our decisions when they are based on his word and what he would want us to do. We can also thank him for giving us his word to guide us through the hard times and to help protect us. (Habakkuk 3:17-19)

How can we glorify God? Often times religion makes God seem vindictive and vengeful this pushes people away from learning about God. We could glorify God by showing others how merciful and loving he is. We could show the wonderful promises he has made that give us hope. The bible tells us God is love, we are also told to imitate him. So we could glorify God by letting love guide all we do. We could show others the power of God and help them to understand it. This could help build their faith in God. Sharing God’s word with others also helps to remind us and to strengthen our faith in God as we see it positively effect their lives. Jesus glorified God by his actions, he imitated the things he had seen his father do so perfectly when he was on earth it was like having God with man. Not only that but when Jesus was near being tortured and nailed to the torture steak he prayed that he would glorify God. So when we are suffering it can be difficult to glorify God. We should ask God to help us glorify him when times are difficult. God’s name has been removed from many bibles. Many do not know God’s name or what it means. We could glorify God also by teaching others God’s name and the value of knowing it. When we show our faith in God through our actions and our obedience we glorify God. Many who follow false teachings cause God’s good name to be spoken of abusively because people see their hypocrisy. Surely we would never want our actions to cause that to happen. Surely we would not want to be hypocritical and not practice what we teach. We would not want to blaspheme God’s good name by the things we say and do. Israel claimed to trust in God but their actions often times smeared his good name.

If we do the things mentioned it can help us to build our discernment up and will protect us and help us to survive the things that are about to occur and it will give us peace of mind and heart even when we are suffering because our hope and faith will be in God who keeps his promises. Not one of his promises went unfulfilled in the bible. So we can have hope and peace of mind knowing suffering and all this bad will gone soon and better times are very very near. If the foundation of our life is built on trust in ourselves , things of the world or worldly knowledge. If we suddenly lose those things our faith and trust in God can be shaken. If we build our foundation on Jesus and following him and obeying him as our king then we cannot be easily shaken when we suffer trials and tribulation. If we are easily shaken then this can helps us to realize we need to strengthen our foundations by imitating Jesus, trusting God and having faith in him. It sometimes may be difficult when we experience trauma or something shocking but this is a time when we should at least try to read and apply some of God’s word while we deal with the situations we may face.

(Genesis 3:1) 3 Now the serpent was the most cautious of all the wild animals of the field that Jehovah God had made. So it said to the woman: “Did God really say that you must not eat from every tree of the garden?”

(Proverbs 7:10-13) 10 Then I saw a woman meet him, Dressed like a prostitute, with a cunning heart. 11 She is loud and defiant. She never stays at home. 12 One moment she is outside, next she is in the public squares, She lurks near every corner. 13 She grabs hold of him and gives him a kiss; With a bold face, she says to him:

(1 Peter 5:8-11) 8 Keep your senses, be watchful! Your adversary, the Devil, walks about like a roaring lion, seeking to devour someone. 9 But take your stand against him, firm in the faith, knowing that the same kind of sufferings are being experienced by the entire association of your brothers in the world. 10 But after you have suffered a little while, the God of all undeserved kindness, who called you to his everlasting glory in union with Christ, will himself finish your training. He will make you firm, he will make you strong, he will firmly ground you. 11 To him be the might forever. Amen.

(2 Corinthians 2:9-11) . . .. 10 If you forgive anyone for anything, I do also. In fact, whatever I have forgiven (if I have forgiven anything) has been for your sake in Christ’s sight, 11 so that we may not be overreached by Satan, for we are not ignorant of his designs.

(John 8:43, 44) . . .. 44 You are from your father the Devil, and you wish to do the desires of your father. That one was a murderer when he began, and he did not stand fast in the truth, because truth is not in him. When he speaks the lie, he speaks according to his own disposition, because he is a liar and the father of the lie.

(1 John 2:15-17) 15 Do not love either the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him; 16 because everything in the world—the desire of the flesh and the desire of the eyes and the showy display of one’s means of life—does not originate with the Father, but originates with the world. 17 Furthermore, the world is passing away and so is its desire, but the one who does the will of God remains forever.

(1 Timothy 6:10) 10 For the love of money is a root of all sorts of injurious things, and by reaching out for this love some have been led astray from the faith and have stabbed themselves all over with many pains.

(Hebrews 12:1-3) 12 So, then, because we have such a great cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also throw off every weight and the sin that easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 as we look intently at the Chief Agent and Perfecter of our faith, Jesus. For the joy that was set before him he endured a torture stake, despising shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Indeed, consider closely the one who has endured such hostile speech from sinners against their own interests, so that you may not get tired and give up.

(1 John 1:8-10) 8 If we make the statement, “We have no sin,” we are misleading ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and righteous so as to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we make the statement, “We have not sinned,” we are making him a liar, and his word is not in us.

(Jeremiah 17:9)  9 The heart is more treacherous than anything else and is desperate. Who can know it?

(Proverbs 3:5-7)  5 Trust in Jehovah with all your heart, And do not rely on your own understanding.  6 In all your ways take notice of him, And he will make your paths straight.  7 Do not become wise in your own eyes. Fear Jehovah and turn away from bad.

(Proverbs 28:26) 26 Whoever trusts in his own heart is stupid, But the one who walks in wisdom will escape.

(1 Corinthians 1:19-21) 19 For it is written: “I will make the wisdom of the wise men perish, and the intelligence of the intellectuals I will reject.” 20 Where is the wise man? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this system of things? Has not God made the wisdom of the world foolish? 21 For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not get to know God through its wisdom, God was pleased through the foolishness of what is preached to save those believing.

(Proverbs 27:11, 12) 11 Be wise, my son, and make my heart rejoice, So that I can make a reply to him who taunts me. 12 The shrewd person sees the danger and conceals himself, But the inexperienced keep right on going and suffer the consequences.

(Proverbs 14:11, 12) . . .But the tent of the upright will flourish. 12 There is a way that seems right to a man, But in the end it leads to death.

(Proverbs 11:2)  2 When presumptuousness comes, dishonor will follow, But wisdom is with the modest ones.

(James 4:6) 6 However, the undeserved kindness that He gives is greater. So it says: “God opposes the haughty ones, but he gives undeserved kindness to the humble ones.”

(Proverbs 3:34) 34 For he mocks those who ridicule, But he shows favor to the meek.

(Proverbs 19:29) 29 Judgment is in store for ridiculers, And beatings for the back of the stupid ones.

(James 1:5-8) 5 So if any one of you is lacking in wisdom, let him keep asking God, for he gives generously to all and without reproaching, and it will be given him. 6 But let him keep asking in faith, not doubting at all, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven by the wind and blown about. 7 In fact, that man should not expect to receive anything from Jehovah; 8 he is an indecisive man, unsteady in all his ways.

(Hebrews 5:11-14) 11 We have much to say about him, and it is difficult to explain, because you have become dull in your hearing. 12 For although by now you should be teachers, you again need someone to teach you from the beginning the elementary things of the sacred pronouncements of God, and you have gone back to needing milk, not solid food. 13 For everyone who continues to feed on milk is unacquainted with the word of righteousness, for he is a young child. 14 But solid food belongs to mature people, to those who through use have their powers of discernment trained to distinguish both right and wrong.

(1 Thessalonians 3:12, 13) 12 Moreover, may the Lord cause you to increase, yes, to abound in love for one another and for all, just as we do for you, 13 so that he may make your hearts firm, blameless in holiness before our God and Father at the presence of our Lord Jesus with all his holy ones.

(Luke 19:41-44) 41 And when he got nearby, he viewed the city and wept over it, 42 saying: “If you, even you, had discerned on this day the things having to do with peace—but now they have been hidden from your eyes. 43 Because the days will come upon you when your enemies will build around you a fortification of pointed stakes and will encircle you and besiege you from every side. 44 They will dash you and your children within you to the ground, and they will not leave a stone upon a stone in you, because you did not discern the time of your being inspected.”

(Colossians 1:9) 9 That is also why from the day we heard of it, we have never stopped praying for you and asking that you may be filled with the accurate knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual comprehension,

(Romans 1:21-23) For although they knew God, they did not glorify him as God nor did they thank him, but they became empty-headed in their reasonings and their senseless hearts became darkened. 22 Although claiming they were wise, they became foolish 23 and turned the glory of the incorruptible God into something like the image of corruptible man and birds and four-footed creatures and reptiles.

(Habakkuk 3:17-19) 17 Although the fig tree may not blossom, And there may be no fruit on the vines; Although the olive crop may fail, And the fields may produce no food; Although the flock may disappear from the pen, And there may be no cattle in the stalls; 18 Yet, as for me, I will exult in Jehovah; I will be joyful in the God of my salvation. 19 The Sovereign Lord Jehovah is my strength; He will make my feet like those of a deer And cause me to tread on high places.

(Matthew 28:19) 19 Go, therefore, and make disciples of people of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the holy spirit,

(John 13:31, 32) 31 When, therefore, he had gone out, Jesus said: “Now the Son of man is glorified, and God is glorified in connection with him. 32 God himself will glorify him, and he will glorify him immediately.

(2 Timothy 3:1-7) 3 But know this, that in the last days critical times hard to deal with will be here. 2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, haughty, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, disloyal, 3 having no natural affection, not open to any agreement, slanderers, without self-control, fierce, without love of goodness, 4 betrayers, headstrong, puffed up with pride, lovers of pleasures rather than lovers of God, 5 having an appearance of godliness but proving false to its power; and from these turn away. 6 From among these arise men who slyly work their way into households and captivate weak women loaded down with sins, led by various desires, 7 always learning and yet never able to come to an accurate knowledge of truth.

(Romans 2:17-24) 17 If, now, you are a Jew in name and rely on law and take pride in God, 18 and you know his will and approve of things that are excellent because you are instructed out of the Law, 19 and you are convinced that you are a guide of the blind, a light for those in darkness, 20 a corrector of the unreasonable ones, a teacher of young children, and having the framework of the knowledge and of the truth in the Law— 21 do you, however, the one teaching someone else, not teach yourself? You, the one preaching, “Do not steal,” do you steal? 22 You, the one saying, “Do not commit adultery,” do you commit adultery? You, the one abhorring idols, do you rob temples? 23 You who take pride in law, do you dishonor God by your transgressing of the Law? 24 For “the name of God is being blasphemed among the nations because of you,” just as it is written.

(Ezekiel 20:27) 27 “So speak to the house of Israel, O son of man, and tell them, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord Jehovah says: “In this way also, your forefathers blasphemed me by acting unfaithfully against me. . .

Escaping Danger.

Written by Lee Stevenson, sorry I am not the best editor.

When we are being attacked by Satan and his people we need to know when to escape. Jesus work was not done so when they were threatening to capture or harm him he knew he needed to escape . Once his work was complete he did not escape because he knew he was the ransom sacrifice , and eventually would give his life as a ransom for our sins. The things we need to escape may be spiritual dangers or physical dangers.

John 10:39Again they tried to seize him, but he escaped their grasp.

To know when to escape we must keep alert and pray. And follow Jesus. The lines between right and wrong have been skewed by man. By knowing God and writing his word on our hearts it will keep us alert so we will know when to escape. Many are in positions that are very respected such as doctors, lawyers, mental health professionals. All these have been influenced by man. So even though they may offer some sort of confidence their wisdom is based on mans knowledge. If their advice or actions go against what God would require , we should always put what God would require first.

Once I was in a position where lying seemed to be the only way out. I worked in a dangerous environment so you really had to pay attention to detail. One employing was not doing that. He would do unsafe things. I kept requesting the bosses fire him because I felt there would be a day he would not make it home to his family. Well one day he did get very seriously injured. My fellow employees and the bosses all lied and blamed his injury on me. There were opportunities to lie and it may have gotten me out of the situation. Instead I decided to be honest. I described the history he had of doing unsafe things and of the bosses not responding. They had decided they were going to fire me. But while they were in the process of writing me up a CEO of the company showed up. He had seen everything occur. He had been watching the yard and had not notified anyone he was there because he had heard about the unsafe things happening. This resulted in others getting fired and I got a promotion. He promoted me because I would not lie to protect myself.

Hebrews 12:25 See to it that you do not refuse Him who is speaking For if those did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, much less will we escape who turn away from Him who warns from heaven.

Luke 21:6 “But keep on the alert at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are about to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.”

If we do not listen to Jesus we can end up even worse off. Letting God’s word guide us and trying our best to imitate Jesus as things get worse will help guide us through this mess man has made. Subtle things can draw us in and get us entangled in this world. Fear, anxiety, frustration, lack of faith, leaning on our own understanding all those things can cause us to get entangled in the things of the world.

2Peter 2:20 For if, after they have escaped the defilement’s of the world by the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and are overcome, the last state has become worse for them than the first.

If you need advice do not seek it from someone who has not written God’s word on their hearts. Instead of escaping you will get trapped. You will be following a blind guide. In other words they are blind guides because they go through the motions and may appear to be obedient but their fruits in life will show who they truly are. We should not pay attention to how someone appears, but the fruits they produce. For example do they teach others to love God’s word, do they have a stable family and are they humble ,do they lord any authority they have over others? Jesus did not lord his authority over others. He would give them a choice to obey God or choose the world. He made it clear what God required and left the rest up to the individual. When Jesus was being attacked whether it was spiritually or physically he had faith God would get him through it. He stayed focused on what God’s will was and in doing God’s will while under attack. He did not put his faith and trust in man. He respected secular authority but if mans will opposed God’s he would put God’s will first.

The reason I am stating this is because I am seeing many religious organizations telling people to trust their decision to use a product produced by a companies known for criminal activity, harming people and covering it up. Many government entities have colluded with them to cover up the harm being done. All these things have been well documented. These products have a history of causing death, chronic illness and even disabling people for life. Do you think God would want us to take the risk of being harmed to please man? God will protect us from harm, but deliberately and willfully putting ourselves in harms way by trusting man instead of God can cause us to lose that protection. The bible many times warned us not to put our trust in man or nobles. It also warns us the whole world lies in the power of the wicked one. To trust companies that have a history of corruption and deception means we would be ignoring God’s warning and putting our trust in man instead of God.

Matthew 15:12 Then the disciples came and said to him: “Do you know that the Pharisees were stumbled at hearing what you said?” 13 In reply he said: “Every plant that my heavenly Father did not plant will be uprooted. 14 Let them be. Blind guides is what they are. If, then, a blind man guides a blind man, both will fall into a pit.”

The things we escape will make us wiser and stronger. Satan and his people will attack us. Remaining humble and submitting to God’s will protects us in many ways. We will suffer if we choose to follow Jesus. Jesus himself warned the student is no better then the teacher, what they did to him they will do to those who follow him. Those who love and trust God look for opportunities to glorify God even during our suffering. We do not over think things, which protects us mentally, we rely on God to get us through it. We put all our anxiety on God. This protects us mentally. Many studies have shown if fear is induced a person does not reason very well and will look to anyone for solutions to their problem. This could let us be easily led astray. No matter how dire things seem if we throw our anxiety on God and trust him it will keep us from getting overwhelmed and protect our thinking. Things are rapidly winding down and some that we love very much may be the ones who are causing our tribulation. If we do not let fear, frustration , or anxieties overwhelm us but trust God to get us through it , this will protect our thinking. It is very difficult to see those who get angry at us because we will not waiver when it comes to putting God’s will above theirs. I have even seen people get violent with some who would not waiver but would stand their ground and do God’s will instead of the family members or friends will. I have experienced similar things. It really hurts to see loved ones starting to get more distanced from you because of your love and faith in God and because you will put God’s will over mans. I have even lost friends because they chose to put money over the worship of God and viewed me as being foolish for not having the same pursuits. This is all temporary and will be gone soon. The treasures we store in heaven are forever and the promises that come with it will for forever. So nothing in this system is worth giving all that up for.

We have to remember they lied against Jesus, they tried to smear his reputation. They scrutinized everything he said or did, constantly accusing him of sinning. They even accused him of being insane. When none of that worked they started to resort to violence. Very soon we will be given choices which will require we put our trust in man or we trust God. It may seem if we do not give in we are going to lose. Even if we lose all we have but preserve our lives, God can restore everything just as he did with Job. Some may even face death. But we can be certain even death cannot seperate us from the love of God and the love of Jesus.

1Peter 5:6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, so that he may exalt you in due time, 7 while you throw all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you. 8 Keep your senses, be watchful! Your adversary, the Devil, walks about like a roaring lion, seeking to devour someone. 9 But take your stand against him, firm in the faith, knowing that the same kind of sufferings are being experienced by the entire association of your brothers in the world. 10 But after you have suffered a little while, the God of all undeserved kindness, who called you to his everlasting glory in union with Christ, will himself finish your training. He will make you firm, he will make you strong, he will firmly ground you. 11 To him be the might forever. Amen.

We have to keep in mind that Israel was Jesus people. He was persecuted and killed by his own people. He still gave his life for them because he knew many of them would have a change of heart and eventually accept the truths he had taught. We have to keep in mind we were warned there would be wolves who work their way in. This means knowing what God’s will is and what he requires will be more important then ever as things wind down. Though our spiritual leaders are guided by holy spirit, this does not mean they cannot make errors they are imperfect humans. Some of the apostles made errors and had to be corrected. If things occur and we know it is not God’s will we just need to be patient. Jehovah will set matters straight. We have examples of Peter and others who were being guide by holy spirit making errors. This led others astray. But when they were corrected they accepted the correction and made the changes needed. Though our spiritual leaders are ambassadors for Christ we have to keep in mind they are imperfect humans and can make errors. Especially as things wind down and the lines between what God requires and doing mans will become skewed and more difficult, knowing what God’s will is and what he requires can help to protect us. Those who do take the lead can learn from the mistakes the apostles made so it does not make them over confident to the point they believe they cannot be wrong. In doing so they can become closed minded and make many errors. The bible warns us not to become wise in our own eyes. If we ignore the warnings not to trust nobles and man and willfully ignore the history of corruption and errors without looking deeper into things we are ignoring the warnings God has given us. Satan’s attacks are not always obvious it is usually the subtle things he does that can trip us up especially if we get over confident. We are told Satan can appear as an angel of light. Many religious figures are telling people to put their faith and trust in products that have been produced by companies that are known to lie and deceive people about the harm their products do. Not only that but often times decades later documents come out showing many government entities have colluded with corrupt corporations to hide the harm that had been done. Presently there are experimental medical injections being given. Do you really think it would be wise to trust nobles and the corporations producing those products, when they say they are safe and effective. Data has already came out showing those injections have caused more deaths, injury and illness then the very infections they were supposed to protect from. Many have already been harmed and it took extreme measures for people to get access to this data because the governments world wide did not want the public to know the harm being done. Even now since the data has came out governments are passing bills making it illegal to mention the harm those injections have done. The truth will defend itself. Lies have to be defended with more lies in order to protect the first lie. Eventually the lies get too numerous to defend. This is why it is much easier to silence those exposing the truth as quickly as possible to make it easier to defend the lies. The fact people are being silenced world wide and the data is being hidden should raise alarm bells for everyone. If the nobles and corporations were being truthful they would have no reason to silence people because it would be easy to defend the things they are doing and the results of their actions. If these products were producing the results governments and the corporations claim and were not harming people there would be no reason to silence people the results of the product would promote itself and speak for itself.

When we are being pressured not to question things but to blindly obey this should get our attention. God did not ask that of us and gave us clear instructions on what to do and what he required. If we are being told to do something without clear explanations as to why and we are being told not to question things we should be cautious. Jesus did not say blindly follow me. He gave clear instructions on things and even on what would occur and how a person should respond. We may think by giving in to mans will over God’s we are protecting our right to worship. Daniel did not give in to the kings decrees in order to please the king and protect his friends or himself, he put God’s will first. He trusted Jehovah to protect him and get him through the trials he was under.

Jesus is our foundation. He is the one we should follow. We know there will be very confusing things that will happen. If we write God’s word in our hearts and make Jesus the foundation we build on then when the figurative storms come we will not be easily shaken. It is not any human on earth that our foundation should be built on, wealth, or some physical security that gives us our foundation. Those all will be gone soon. Jesus is the foundation we need to base our faith on. He is our king. If we are ask by a human to do something contrary to what Jesus would do he is our foundation, it is him we should obey. Jesus would not ask us to endanger ourselves to please any human nobles. Jesus instructions on what we would need to do as things wind down were clear also. If we are ask to do something and the reasons for it are not clear we need to be cautious. For example when God told Israel what path to take to enter the promised land. He made it clear he would protect them and guide them. He was not obscure and did not ask them to blindly follow him he was guiding them the whole way. We do have to obey the authority figures on earth. But we know God values life and would not want us to endanger ourselves in order to please man. So if the secular authorities ask us to do something that is contrary to what God’s will would be then it is God’s will we obey and not man’s.

If we are being pressured to not question things or to be silent about things we see or hear that could expose the truth behind what we are being ask to do this should make us more alert that we need to pay special attention to what God’s will is. Keep in mind we may receive scorn and be shunned by some but it is what Jesus and God would want us to do. They are only humans and their will does not take precedence over God’s will. We need to be peaceable about it and let things run their course keeping in mind that God will expose everything in due time. When things occur that may cause us doubts about those who lead us we should not judge them. We need to be patient. We were warned things like this would occur and that God would bring everything to light. We just need to patiently wait on Jehovah to set mattes straight. We need to be very careful what we say and who we say things to because they can be misconstrued and even misunderstood. These are very confusing times and there are many uncertainties. Jehovah will set matters straight. While we wait for this to happen we need to do our best to do what he requires.

One of the signs of true worship is when God’s people find they are in error they correct the error so they can make their worship more pure. Errors are made but it is those who accept the correction from Jehovah then correct the errors and work closer towards pure worship that shows it is God they are trying to please. So if we see errors occur we should not let this cause us to lose our faith. We just need to patiently wait and have faith Jehovah will set matters straight. We need to stay close to our spiritual brothers and sisters because this is where God will provide us with the things we need to know in order to make it through these trying times. I know as we see things unwind some things may be difficult to see happen, some things may even hurt our hearts. Just as our relationship is between Jehovah, Jesus and ourselves so is theirs. God will clear matters straighht he always does.

Very soon thing may happen that will require us to literally flee. If we get too caught up in things that are happening and not paying attention to what God’s will is it could blind us to the time frame we are in and we may endanger ourselves. Now more then ever we need to pay attention to our spiritual needs and to God’s word and not let ourselves get discouraged by things we may not understand.

(2 Corinthians 5:20) 20 Therefore, we are ambassadors substituting for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us. As substitutes for Christ, we beg: “Become reconciled to God.”

(Galatians 2:11-13) 11 However, when Ceʹphas came to Antioch, I resisted him face-to-face, because he was clearly in the wrong. 12 For before certain men from James arrived, he used to eat with people of the nations; but when they arrived, he stopped doing this and separated himself, fearing those of the circumcised class. 13 The rest of the Jews also joined him in putting on this pretense, so that even Barʹna·bas was led along with them in their pretense.

(Acts 15:1-3) 15 Now some men came down from Ju·deʹa and began to teach the brothers: “Unless you get circumcised according to the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved.” 2 But after quite a bit of dissension and disputing by Paul and Barʹna·bas with them, it was arranged for Paul, Barʹna·bas, and some of the others to go up to the apostles and elders in Jerusalem regarding this issue. 3 So after being escorted partway by the congregation, these men continued on through both Phoe·niʹcia and Sa·marʹi·a, relating in detail the conversion of people of the nations and bringing great joy to all the brothers.

(Proverbs 3:5-7)  5 Trust in Jehovah with all your heart, And do not rely on your own understanding.  6 In all your ways take notice of him, And he will make your paths straight.  7 Do not become wise in your own eyes. Fear Jehovah and turn away from bad.

(1 Thessalonians 5:21, 22) 21 Make sure of all things; hold fast to what is fine. 22 Abstain from every form of wickedness.

(1 John 4:1) 4 Beloved ones, do not believe every inspired statement, but test the inspired statements to see whether they originate with God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.

(Proverbs 18:17) 17 The first to state his case seems right, Until the other party comes and cross-examines him.

(James 1:5-15) 5 So if any one of you is lacking in wisdom, let him keep asking God, for he gives generously to all and without reproaching, and it will be given him. 6 But let him keep asking in faith, not doubting at all, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven by the wind and blown about. 7 In fact, that man should not expect to receive anything from Jehovah; 8 he is an indecisive man, unsteady in all his ways. 9 But let the lowly brother rejoice over his exaltation, 10 and the rich one over his humiliation, because like a flower of the field he will pass away. 11 For just as the sun rises with its scorching heat and withers the plant, and its flower falls off and its outward beauty perishes, so too the rich man will fade away in the midst of his pursuits. 12 Happy is the man who keeps on enduring trial, because on becoming approved he will receive the crown of life, which Jehovah promised to those who continue loving Him. 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. 14 But each one is tried by being drawn out and enticed by his own desire. 15 Then the desire, when it has become fertile, gives birth to sin; in turn sin, when it has been carried out, brings forth death.

(Matthew 7:24-27) 24 “Therefore, everyone who hears these sayings of mine and does them will be like a discreet man who built his house on the rock. 25 And the rain poured down and the floods came and the winds blew and lashed against that house, but it did not cave in, for it had been founded on the rock. 26 Furthermore, everyone hearing these sayings of mine and not doing them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. 27 And the rain poured down and the floods came and the winds blew and struck against that house, and it caved in, and its collapse was great.”

(Isaiah 45:19) 19 I did not speak in a concealed place, in a land of darkness; I did not say to the offspring of Jacob, ‘Seek me simply for nothing.’ I am Jehovah, who speaks what is righteous and declares what is upright.

(Acts 5:29) 29 In answer Peter and the other apostles said: “We must obey God as ruler rather than men.

(Matthew 22:19-21) . . .. 20 He said to them: “Whose image and inscription is this?” 21 They said: “Caesar’s.” Then he said to them: “Pay back, therefore, Caesar’s things to Caesar, but God’s things to God.”

(1 Corinthians 4:4, 5) . . .. 5 Therefore, do not judge anything before the due time, until the Lord comes. He will bring the secret things of darkness to light and make known the intentions of the hearts, and then each one will receive his praise from God.

(Jeremiah 9:4)  4 “Everyone, be on guard against your neighbor, And do not trust even your brother. For every brother is a betrayer, And every neighbor is a slanderer.

(Isaiah 42:9) See, the first things have come to pass; Now I am declaring new things. Before they spring up, I tell you about them.”