The Lord Will Provide

Genesis 22:14, “And Abraham called the name of the place, The-Lord-Will-Provide; as it is said to this day, “In the Mount of the Lord it shall be provided.”

Two years ago, the world woke up to a lock down. The uncertainty with an unleashed virus sent many nations into panic, upheaval, and a new found insecurity. I would venture to guess that 99.9 percent of the social media posts and news reports were of dire nature and hardly if anyone of these would say they turned to God.

It was quite interesting if we look back on some similar events. After 9-11, people went to their churches to pray. When Apollo 13 happened, the world turned to God in prayer. During WWII, Vietnam, the Korean Wars, those events also led people into their churches and to prayer. But when this pandemic ensued, the opposite was the result. People weren’t turning to God, but instead running in a delusional mass of insanity to hoard paper towels and toilet paper.

Personally, I was going through a different struggle at that time. My dog Leo was in the last of his battle with cancer and having gone through MANY battles with him, I knew the Lord was providing. So when the pandemic occurred, it was merely a blip on my radar. I knew as many Christians knew at the time, that whatever the case might be, that the Lord will provide.

Now two years later, many survived the deadly virus, but how many will do as Abraham did and name their place “The Lord Will Provide”? I venture to guess 99 percent won’t. Because unless you believe there is a living functional and working God, you will never attribute anything to His provisions.

And make no mistake, the Lord provides every single day. There are countless visible and invisible enemies He protects and provides safety from. The fact that IF you are still alive and reading this blog post means that He is protecting you at this very moment.

Scripture teaches us “the fear of God is the beginning of all wisdom”. A healthy dependence on God provides this healthy fear of Him in the sense that we rely solely on His provision of protection and safety and that He alone gets the glory. Imagine if He were to remove it? Where would you be.

If you haven’t done so, take a minute to THANK HIM for seeing you through this deadly circumstance! Without Him, where would you be? And if you understand this, you like Abraham will understand what “The-LORD-Will-Provide” truly means.

God Said It About Animals

Job 12:7 But now ask the beasts, and they will teach you;
And the birds of the air, and they will tell you;
Or speak to the earth, and it will teach you;
And the fish of the sea will explain to you.
Who among all these does not know
That the hand of the Lord has done this,
10 In whose hand is the life of every living thing,
And the breath of all mankind?
11 Does not the ear test words
And the mouth taste its food?
12 Wisdom is with aged men,
And with length of days, understanding.

I have been asked often by one grieving their loss, “will I see my beloved dog again some day”? And my response is, the Bible doesn’t explicitly tell us that we will and there is a reason for this, but I do believe if saved, you will. The Bible does give some clues on this, so let me explain.

Firstly, God promised to “wipe away all tears”, which I would believe would mean that our hope to see our loved one again would encompass that “wiping away”. I don’t believe God would want His children disappointed for an eternity or dwelling on this.

Secondly, if we read and study the Biblical account, we often miss God’s provision for animals. In Matt 10:29 for example, Jesus said that God cares about the mere sparrow’s last breath on earth. In Genesis 6, God instructs Adam to round up “2 of each kind” of animal and bird and place them on the ark. The significance of this is often overlooked. It is not as if God could not have just reproduced and created animals and birds after the Flood. So we know, that God placed a special importance on the animal kingdom, as just 8 humans were spared in comparison. If we read the passage above on Job 12, God tells Job to “ask the beasts” as in saying that they know of God’s hand and who had given them life.

But I do believe there is a reason why God is silent on any explicit text telling us we will see our animals again in heaven. And that reason is our fallen nature. He knows that animals possess a kind of perfect love for their masters and by this we love them back. The silence is so God would not be in competition for your focus and worship. And this would go for Biblical figures in the Bible as Mary as well, we don’t read of her death and burial place because of the shrines, mission trips, which would ensue for her as we see with Roman Catholics. Our fallen nature has a zeal for such idolatry, so God eliminates it or as He promised “leads us not into temptation”.

Lastly, these pets are true blessings from God! And I don’t believe they are just passing invalidated blessings, but a one sent to us to teach us many things. If you desire to see your beloved pet again, first things first. You must be saved by Jesus Christ. As I also do not believe your pet would join you in eternal hell, all apart of that grieving and torment. If you learned anything from your pet, you should realize that life is brief! Their life is much more brief. So do as they do, don’t take today for granted. Then place your faith alone in Jesus, and rest in His peace and rest! Repent of your sins. And then realize the closest thing you will ever see to God’s perfect unconditional unwavering love was in the life of your pet.

It is So Simple, Start Today

For those who are unbelievers and question their eternal future and are unsure where to begin, I will attempt to give you some tips on where to start. Many of you might have been intimidated by a worldly church or some who have claimed to be Christians but live a life of hypocrisy, which might have confused and frustrated you.

Let’s put that ALL in the past and start today! I will give some suggestions below of which worked in my personal witness and testimony which might help you.

  1. If you struggle to believe in God and His existence, a simple humble prayer you can say is what the man in Mark 9:24 prayed, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!” God knows you do not believe, He knows everything, even your thoughts before you even contemplate them. Now this prayer must be said in faith, open your heart. If need be, repeat it until you do believe God is listening.

2. If you have a Bible or would like to do this online such as Biblegateway.com or other Bible sources, I suggest start by reading a Gospel account in the New Testament. If you are a beginner to this, pick either Mark or John.

3. Next, before you start reading, turn off the radio or TV, make sure you are able to focus. Remove all your thoughts from the day, anxieties, pressures, relationships, etc. Close your eyes and take some deep breaths to clear your mind.

4. With your mind now clear, you must now also remove from your mind any religion you may have been taught in the past, ALL of it! Also any political or ideology you might have about God, MUST be removed. Go into this as IF you never heard of God before. If you do not do this? You will become frustrated and will learn nothing, it will be a waste of time and energy. You need to now OPEN your mind. Holding onto those past thoughts will CLOSE your mind off. This step I would say IS THE MOST IMPORTANT!

5. Now when you have done the previous steps in earnest, you are ready! Start with the first chapter of the Gospel. I love to give this as the motivated task. Picture yourself as the VERY FIRST Bible reader on the planet. The Gospel of Mark or John was just completed and YOU were the first to read it. Now it is your job to read and study it as to teach others what it means. God has tasked YOU to be His teacher to reach others, so take your time and really take this serious.

6. Now that you accepted step 5 above, start your study. Read every verse as if God is speaking directly to you. Don’t read it as a novel, but as an instruction book. Each verse will be an instruction tied to the next. So slow and steady is how you should be doing this. If something is hard to understand, stop, and ask God “what is this?” and read and study it again.

7. Now that you have started, take notes on every verse or passage. Write down your thoughts. And don’t worry if you are wrong, just trust in God, and that He will provide you understanding and guidance. It is ok to write “this doesn’t make sense”. And then go back to that note later when it does make sense.

8. Because it is simple but serious, there is no time table. Don’t think you need to complete a chapter in an hour or even a day. Just remain disciplined however and do this every day, even if it is just a couple of verses. My personal way of doing this initially was a chapter a day, but your pace may be slower or faster depending on God and His working with you.

One other thing that might help in this as it helped me was to have someone read out loud the verse to you as you read along. Or you just say the words out loud will help. Study each word and don’t overlook common sense and logic as you do this. I guarantee you that if you read some of the Bible in the past, and now this way, you will discover MANY things you took for granted and just flat out missed.

I guarantee you that IF you follow these steps, you will see things you have not seen before! If not, it isn’t because I am wrong, it is because you failed in one those steps most likely closing your mind or going into it with a negative attitude. God will stop His teaching as soon as that is detected, and never think you can outwit Him.

I do pray and hope in the name of Jesus this helps those who want to believe but for some reason you were either intimidated or frustrated in the past. May God open your eyes to His truth!!

Are You Anti-Jesus?

If asked the question, “are you anti-Jesus”, meaning Jesus Christ, I would venture to guess almost 95 percent surveyed would answer “NO!!” Those reading this most likely had a knee jerk “no” and many stopped with the title. Even hardened agnostics, unbelievers of Jesus most likely answered “no, while I don’t believe or follow Him, I am not anti-Jesus”.

But let’s look at who I am getting at as being anti-Jesus. My answer would be anyone, any church, any entity, and any social construct which would teach against His Gospel, who He is, or implementing policies which makes sin lawful. Indeed entire nations could be deemed anti-Jesus. It doesn’t necessarily mean the entire people is anti-Jesus, just the nation’s construct would be if it had made a sin legal.

The U.S. for example deems abortion and same-sex marriage legal and normal. There is a recent movement to make many horrible sins normalized, sexual perversion, immorality, etc. Elected officials openly and unapologetically push for these sinful policies and some even use Jesus’ name in doing so. The nation in my view is anti-Jesus because it those policies which work against His Kingdom. Again, it doesn’t mean every citizen of the U.S. is anti-Jesus, it means they would live in an anti-Jesus nation.

Any individual who promotes a sin as legal or normalized is anti-Jesus. And any church which would pervert His Gospel by adding works or degrading His work would too be anti-Jesus. There are NO gray lines in this anti-Jesus movement. You are either for Jesus, who He is, and what He did, or you are a worker against Him, meaning anti-Jesus.

There are no in betweens. You can’t say “I have nothing against Jesus”, and then go out and pervert His words and teach against what He taught. You can’t say “I am pro-Jesus”, and then blaspheme His name by replacing Him with your priests and church or making false claims about Him such as He losing His saved children to hell. You can’t say “wrong, I am for Jesus”, and then dismiss His supreme authority for your church’s. You can’t say “I accept Jesus as a good teacher” but then go out and promote, validate, and tolerate SIN which sent Him to the Cross.

I am sure the Pharisees would have initially said “we are not anti-Jesus, we reject His teachings however”, but then went out and sought His death and put Him to death.

So in our discernment and self-evaluation we must view this for and against Jesus and be firm in this. Again, there is no gray area. Either you accept Jesus Christ and ALL that He taught and did and submit to His Lordship, or you are against Him and His Kingdom.

There will be many on Judgment Day vehemently claiming they were never “anti-Jesus”, only to find out they were their entire life!

The Yield Sign Phenomenon

If I ask you what color is a Yield sign on a road? Without a Google search, what would be your honest answer?

If you answered “Yellow”, most likely you were born before 1970, because the sign was officially switched to Red and White in 1971. Most of the Yield signs which were yellow were replaced by 1978 with the new Red/White signs.

The phenomenon is that there are some who just read what I posted, and answered “YELLOW”, and are arguing with me in their mind. “He’s wrong! I know I saw a yellow Yield sign just the other day”. Some may even go out searching for one, but they won’t find one. They are all red and white. Some who have taken a written drivers test can also attest to what I said is true.

I recently heard on the radio a woman describe this phenomenon as something we learned in our youth and now our minds are closed off, we don’t even realize the signs are red/white. I will admit, when I was asked that question, I answered yellow, but then thought about it when she said “no”, and then realized almost immediately they were actually red/white. So my mind wasn’t completely closed, but several who called into the radio station insisted they saw a yellow Yield sign recently.

So where am I going with this? It goes to indoctrination of world religions and also secular media. If something is repeated long enough, especially when you are a child, and you accept it as a truth, you will have a hard time changing your mind. Everything one might show you that you were wrong, you argue against. One reason being we are fallen creatures and we are naturally prideful. We won’t LISTEN to the facts presented because we conditioned our minds so as to be deceived we remain deceived.

When my eyes and ears were opened by God in 2011-2012, born-again, upon reading Scripture, I kept asking myself “why didn’t you see this before!’…I was so deceived, and some actually told me in the past that I was, but before that point I argued, I said they were CRAZY. And I wouldn’t listen to anything, because I was right, they were wrong, again because of my deep seeded pride. The analogy being they told me the Yield sign was actually red/white, and I insisted they were always yellow.

I will give another example. I used to sell water filters and used a device called a Total Dissolved Solids meter with two glasses of water in my sales presentation. One glass was filtered water, the other wasn’t and the TDS meter showed the difference. From the very well educated to the not so educated, it made no difference, they saw both glasses of water as water. By the same phenomenon, showing them something they couldn’t see, would always lead them to reject what I was selling. Rather, they’d argue in favor of the water they always drank, because it looked clear enough to the naked eye.

And this goes for the Gospel! If one has been encapsulated into a world religion teaching them to save themselves by their works for example, it is awfully hard to convince them that Scripture actually condemns them for this. The simplicity of “place your faith alone in Jesus Christ and repent of your sins”, is rejected in favor of the indoctrination. It is like the two water examples I gave. I can give empirical facts from the Bible to the well educated to the not so educated, and the blindness always favors a presupposed ideology based on pride and what one was taught and drilled by. They’ll reject the very words, word for word, of the Bible if they were indoctrinated to believe something else.

To those who argue against “place your faith alone in Jesus Christ”, I plead with you to OPEN your mind and read the Bible! Prove me wrong, or try to with that open mind. Because right now, believe it or not just like the Yield sign, you closed your mind off and are allowing deception to guide you and in the end it will be eternal hell.

“But my church is correct!” is that what you are trying to say? How do you know they are correct? How do you know that what they taught you is the truth? Are you not relying on them, instead of proving what they are saying as true? “But my friends and family believe what I believe, so it must be true”. Look, if it were that easy, Jesus and the Apostles would have never warned about false teachings and teachers. Bandwagon ideology as my father taught me, “if all your friends jumped off a bridge to their deaths, would it be right? Would you stupidly join them?”

“In 1971, the MUTCD stipulated that yield signs should be red with a white triangle in the center and red lettering”

Don’t be deceived by the Yield sign of which you all along thought was yellow!

The Temporary Joy of Sin

Matthew 18:8 “If your hand or foot causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it from you. It is better for you to enter into life lame or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet, to be cast into the everlasting fire.”

Jesus did not equivocate on our fallen nature which is to sin. He was quite aware of the temporary fleeting joy we have to sin based on that fallen depraved nature of ours and provided a stern warning.

In the command to cut your hand or foot off or in another place He says “gouge out your eyes if it causes you to sin”, He was exhorting how dead set serious we must be about repentance and the fight our temptations to sin. But much more so how gravely the situation is without He as your Savior.

Those who thought they could be saved by being sinless, Jesus said there would come a time when you would literally need to maim yourself in order not to sin. Because that is our fallen nature, an innate desire where the joy is temporary but we continue to seek it.

And this desire just doesn’t all together go away upon being born-again, but at that point we realize there is a war going on in our members. In Romans 7, the Apostle Paul describes this in detail. Our hearts and minds desire holiness, and our sinful flesh continues to go after that temporary joy of sin. Paul gives the solution at the end of Romans 7.
21 I find then a law, that evil is present with me, the one who wills to do good. 22 For I delight in the law of God according to the inward man. 23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. 24 O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? 25 I thank God—through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, with the mind I myself serve the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin.

Paul was saying that this war between the flesh and our spirit will continue on until God takes us home.

Now if we go back to what Jesus said, He contrasts the temporary joy of sin to an eternal torment. He says “well if you want that temporary sinful joy to rule you, you will have eternal hell to look forward to where there will be no more joy”. So the command is to continue to REPENT! And those who have been born-again/saved are now capable TO repent! Those who have not, well like He said you would need to literally destroy your physical fallen body from the beginning in order to be saved outside of Him.

Since there is a war between the flesh and spirit, we must turn to the Holy Spirit to win the daily battles. And don’t be fooled, as a Christian there is this daily battle going on and I said, you only realize there is a battle once you have been saved/born-again. Unlike unbelievers, you have a deadly weapon in your arsenal, who is the Holy Spirit. So call upon Him! When Jesus said in the Lord’s prayer “and lead us NOT into temptation”, He was indicating that type of dependence we are to have on Him.

Are You Ready

When it comes to life and death, there is one thing you can count on for sure, that we all will perish. The question is are you ready to meet God? With this, I am not saying “do you have your funeral plans and your will all made out”, but are you ready for that day when your life on this earth ends? Are you resting with eternal life or have you put that off.

The latest world crisis comes to mind and will use this example as an analogy. The Russian army was indicating for many months that it was going to invade Ukraine. It was a pretty much known secret, and they were right out in the open with it. But the president of Ukraine with this knowledge, said “all is well, they won’t invade”. Only then to be completely unprepared when the day came and the Russians invaded his country. At that time, he was saying “send us ammunition and money!” There was no planning, no defense positions taken given the gravity of the situation.

We may do the same thing with our pending death. “I am not going die today, after all I am healthy” is the sentiment. Or “I work out” or “my family has good genes” or “I will outsmart death”. Just as the president of Ukraine, it is called ignorantly conditioning of your mind to claim the inevitable is not inevitable. If I say it enough, maybe it won’t come true, is that conditioning. So we go along with our lives this way.

And when the day comes, God is fully prepared, the question is if we will be. I said this before but if you are NOT resting in the peace of Jesus Christ right now as this very minute, you won’t be after death. You have been asked by a Christian friend “can I share the Gospel with you?”, and you say to yourself “well not today, maybe in the future”. As IF you know the future and that you were granted so many days.

There are many who had that mindset, “not today”, and POOF their life was over. They viewed death as only happening to the very sick or very old only to find out that death does not discriminate. And then there will be only an eternal regret as to why you said “not today”. It is kind of like being able to do something really simple today such as placing your faith alone in Jesus Christ and then repenting of your sins and you put it off. This would be like having a big job interview tomorrow, and waiting until tomorrow and hour before your interview to figure out where the company is and what they produced. Chances are it is not going fair very well for you. Or it is like a doctor telling you “you are going to need to lose weight or you will surely die soon”, and you say “I can’t start doing this today, but in the future I might”.

My point is, the warnings are all out in the open. You will surely perish. You may have your worldly things in order, you planned for your kids, your estate is settled, and your funeral plans were made, but are your spiritual things IN ORDER?? Because if they aren’t, sorry, but there is no after death do-overs. It is heaven or hell. God doesn’t give second chances when you had a lifetime of a myriad of chances to believe and repent.

Scripture is the Ultimate Authority

When Scripture is not your ultimate authority you are:

  1. Ripe pickings for any false teaching and teacher on the planet
  2. Dependent on corrupt man, and not dependent on God
  3. Not able to connect the dots for the Gospel
  4. Rejecting God and replacing Him with yourself
  5. Gladly able to accept all forms of ancient heresy
  6. Using presuppositions and importing them into Scripture
  7. Unstable and able to be trampled and tossed around like a rag doll.
  8. Not able to share a clear Gospel message
  9. Contradicting your own declared faith in God
  10. Teaching false doctrine, invented, and oblivious to it.
  11. Ripe to be plucked up by a cult which rejects the authority of Scripture
  12. Unable to debate or defend a doctrine by Scripture
  13. Able to disregard the clear teaching of Scripture
  14. Able to attack Scripture just as any atheist or agnostic would
  15. Most likely able to conform to other world religions such as Islam, Mormonism, etc.
  16. Declaring you are lazy, but more so an unbeliever that Scripture holds the truth
  17. Most likely saying that there is something in Scripture that you do not want to believe
  18. Most likely saying that there is a sin Scripture speaks about of which you do not want to repent from
  19. Telling God, “You are insufficient”
  20. Telling God, “Your word is not the only truth, there are many roads to Heaven”.
  21. Telling God, “You are not really needed”
  22. Telling God, “I doubt You”
  23. Telling God, “There are many things missing in Scripture, thus I can’t believe in You”
  24. Telling God, “I trust my pastor or priest, I can’t trust You”
  25. Telling God, “My church holds authority OVER You”

The Enemy Does Exist

Many Christians spend their time oblivious to the enemies of the Gospel, and then when an attack comes they are found completely unprepared. Wokeness is my view is a clear and bold enemy to the Gospel, but instead of confronting it, some turn the other way or in some cases conform to it.

My definition of wokeness is simply calling wrong right, and right wrong, they call evil good, and good evil. It disregards all of God’s laws and makes man a god over sinful social norms. It is an absolute lunacy but what we see is the enemy gaining ground because the church is so very weak in confronting this evil.

Being spineless is not courageous, it is capitulation. You aren’t loving your neighbors by allowing them to defile the Almighty God. You are not gaining converts by bringing wokeness in to the church either, you are planting seeds for Satan. Instead of social justice, speak on God’s JUSTICE of which we are all guilty.

By straying from Scripture, you are ripe to be trampled by the enemy. They aren’t going to take you in and whisper sweet nothings in your ear, they are dead set at destroying God’s Kingdom. If regenerated, God has given you a SPINE, and STRENGTH, not weakness and feebleness.

Look to the King, Jesus Christ if you need inspiration. There was no time in His history where He surrendered the Gospel to the enemy so as to not to hurt their feelings. When He needed to be tough, He was ultimately tough! He spoke on their demise, He warned them constantly, He didn’t compromise or appease.

Why by Scripture Alone

2 Timothy 3:16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness

You attend church one Sunday, and the pastor stands up and says “disregard what I taught on how one must be saved, this is now what I believe”. Or a prominent pastor on the radio you have listened to for years suddenly says “hey, I no longer believe Scripture is the inerrant word of God”. Or a commission is convened and they declare to your particular church “we now believe same-sex marriage and abortion are no longer sinful”.

Now if you were dependent on that pastor as opposed to Scripture, you would fall into their error of apostasy. Roman Catholics and Mormons have a huge glaring problem, because the deemed their teaching authority as “infallible”, so whatever the case might be, they must always follow their teaching as opposed to what Scripture teaches.

This is WHY by Scripture alone must be your practice. Man is corrupt, they are all fallible including myself. It must always be set ABOVE man and their teaching. So when and if a pastor goes off the rails, you can discern the apostasy trap immediately and leave that pastor and/or church. If you see the church as some sort of social club, where whatever they teach is not going to affect you, you are ripe for apostasy.

I said this before but I would venture to guess that 95 percent of Catholics sitting their pews would not care nor know the difference if their priest started teaching open Satanism. Because Scripture is NOT their authority and their church is set above it, they are literally ripe for any false teaching. Every cult will set man above Scripture.

Jesus and the Apostles constantly warned that the day will come when some with show themselves as apostates. Are you prepared? The only way to be prepared is by holding to Scripture alone, so when that day comes and the teacher says “I changed my mind, God is not sovereign” or “don’t trust the Bible, it has errors”, you will be ready not to affirm this lunacy, but to refute the lunacy, to challenge the lunacy.

Trust the Holy Spirit alone to guide you to the truth of God! Set His word ABOVE any man’s teaching which always needs to test out through that word. This is why by Scripture alone is so utterly important!