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Are You Ready To Meet God?

Your hand will find all Your enemies; Your right hand will find those who hate You. You shall make them as a fiery oven in the time of Your anger; The LORD shall swallow them up in His wrath, And the fire shall devour them. Their offspring You shall destroy from the earth, And their descendants from among the sons of men. For they intended evil against You; They devised a plot which they are not able to perform. Therefore You will make them turn their back; You will make ready Your arrows on Your string toward their faces. (‭Psalms‬ ‭21‬:‭8-12‬ NKJV)

Yahweh, the proven Creator of this universe, will have a face-to-face meeting with us all. We were born by His permission, into His world, and remain breathing now by His will. Like wind to a burning wick, He can blow the very life out of our hearts and we will die, only to stand before the Consuming Fire of whom we must give an account.

Are you ready for this personal encounter? Are you prepared to be judged by Him?

I tell you now, not one person on this earth can ready themselves any other way than that way which God has provided: His Son.

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (‭John‬ ‭14‬:‭6‬)

Man is without excuse. There is an abundance of historical evidence that Christ indeed proved Himself to be the Son of God by His perfectly moral life, His miracles and resurrection from the dead, and the billions of lives He’s transformed since then. If anyone doubts this fact, He can merely ask the Lord to reveal the truth, and He will to those who genuinely desire Him. For though many accept that there is indeed a Creator, they reject Him in their minds and hearts, and do not desire Him to be their Father and Master. In their grave foolishness, they deem their ways better than His, and so they cling to their sin and deny God until they inevitably meet Him and face the eternal condemnation for which they brought upon themselves by denying God’s plan for forgiveness and redemption.

I don’t want you to be one of those who all their life assumed they’ll get into heaven on good merit, not realizing they’ve broken the commandments of God over and over and over and have never been truly forgiven of them because they’ve never surrendered to the One who never once broke a commandment; the only perfect One who can forgive sin since He overcame it when He walked this earth in human flesh. Jesus Christ alone is worthy of heaven. He alone has never broken God’s law, therefore when He died, He did not die for merely the worst of sinners, but the bible says He died for the entire world.

Do not trust in yourself to get you to heaven. Jesus has made the path clear: Himself. Come to Him for forgiveness and salvation. Trust in Him as your Savior and Lord, give your heart to Him, change your mind about what you believe is right and renew it by seeing what God commands in the Bible.

May you be set free from every sin and hurt and come to know the One who loved you so much He allowed Himself to be beaten, ridiculed, and pinned to a cross for your forgiveness to be made possible.

If you have any questions on beginning a surrendered relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ, feel free to email me at BetterThanPrinceCharming(at)gmail.com

Love and grace to you,

Natasha


Why Should I Love Jesus Christ?

What did Christ really do for us?

1.) He left heaven and came to earth

In heaven, hundreds of thousands of angels worshiped Jesus. He stood among them in complete and glorious splendor. But even more wonderful than all of that, He lived with the Father Himself; He saw, walked, and talked with the Creator, the Perfectly Good One. He had everything He needed in heaven, yet He left it for not a day, not a few months, but thirty-three years.

Not only did He leave this wonderful home with the Father, He traded it for a horrendous one; one where corruption, hate, murder, adultery, paganism, idolatry, and violence ran rampant. A home where from birth, His life would be hunted. He dwelt among the poor and lived as though He was poor—for us.

2.) He loved us

Jesus laid hands on the untouchables and outcasts; lepers, the blind, the lame, adulteresses, tax collectors, and He healed them.

He taught us what following God really looks like. He revealed to us the very character, the very heart of God. Instead of demanding to be served, He served and gave up His life—for us.

3.) He suffered the reproach of the cross

Christ was fully aware that He would be beaten, ridiculed, rejected, arrested, and eventually crucified yet He did not forsake God’s plan, but embraced it—for us.

4.) He defeated sin and death

Not only did Jesus make a way for forgiveness through His perfect life and sacrifice, opening the gates of heaven for all who wish to enter through Him, but He also conquered sin and death—the very power of Satan that kept the human race bound since the days of Adam and Eve. Before Christ died, we were helpless to sin’s control over our life, and victims of mortality. But through His willing sacrifice and resurrection from the grave, Christ frees all those who trust in Him from the devil’s works. Jesus brought deliverance, both now and eternally—for us.

5.) He gives us everything we need in the midst of this dark world

Peace:

Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. (‭John‬ ‭14‬:‭27‬ NKJV)

Joy:

These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full. (‭John‬ ‭15‬:‭11‬ NKJV)

Hope:

This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast … (Hebrews‬ ‭6‬:‭19‬ NKJV)

Companionship:

I am with you always, even to the end of the age. (‭Matthew‬ ‭28‬:‭20‬ NKJV)

6.) He rewards us

As if all the fore-mentioned wasn’t enough, Jesus offers us heavenly rewards, gifts that never perish, treasures that never rust. He promises a crown, the right to drink from living waters in heaven, and healing fruit to eat; gates of pearls, and streets of gold to walk upon.

There’s so much Jesus Christ has done for us. Do we love Him with all our heart? Are we thankful to Him every day? Do we really understand how worthy He is, and thus live for His glory?

May you and I both grasp the depth of Christ’s love and how worthy He is of our complete devotion. This is what life is about for the Christian—loving Christ for who He is and what He’s done.


I’m A Christian, And I Deserve …

Entitlement. The subtle sin that entangles so many professing Christians.

“I don’t deserve to be treated that way.”

“I deserve this …”

“I deserve …”

“I deserve …”

“I deserve …”

This is not a Christ-like mentality. It is a prideful mindset of the flesh, of the world, of Satan himself.

In reality, we deserve absolutely nothing, but hell fire. We deserve to be punished for the many crimes we have committed against God, for our rebellion against our Creator; for our blasphemies and lust and greed and jealousy.

Did we deserve God’s forgiveness? Did we deserve to be saved from His wrath? Did we do a single thing to earn His love? No. And He expects us to treat others with the same undeserved favor—despite how they treat us.

But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet your brethren only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the tax collectors do so? Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect. (‭Matthew‬ ‭5‬:‭44-48‬ NKJV)

If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. Therefore “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; If he is thirsty, give him a drink; For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. (‭Romans‬ ‭12‬:‭18-21‬ NKJV)

It is only by the grace of God we have been accepted and redeemed by His blood. To feel entitled to anything is to have a mind contrary to the mind of Christ.

And which of you, having a servant plowing or tending sheep, will say to him when he has come in from the field, ‘Come at once and sit down to eat’? But will he not rather say to him, ‘Prepare something for my supper, and gird yourself and serve me till I have eaten and drunk, and afterward you will eat and drink’? Does he thank that servant because he did the things that were commanded him? I think not. So likewise you, when you have done all those things which you are commanded, say, ‘We are unprofitable servants. We have done what was our duty to do.’ ” (‭Luke‬ ‭17‬:‭7-10‬ NKJV)

And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others. But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. (‭Ephesians‬ ‭2‬:‭1-10‬ NKJV)

…just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved. (‭Ephesians‬ ‭1‬:‭4-6‬ NKJV)

For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified. (‭Romans‬ ‭8‬:‭29-30‬ NKJV)

If God has shown us such mercy and grace (undeserved favor) who are we to not show the same grace to unworthy sinners? Even when we feel that our anger, bitterness, or unforgiveness is justified, Christ reminds us we have no right to hold onto it, despite how poorly we are treated:

Then Peter came to Him and said, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven. (‭Matthew‬ ‭18‬:‭21-22‬ NKJV)

There’s verse upon verse about how we are to deny ourselves, our feelings, our fleshly mindsets, and do what Jesus tells us to do: love, but can you point out even just one Scripture that condones us demanding to be treated with respect by others? There is none.

Christ is the only one who has a right to deserve anything good. Did He not have the right to say, “Stop slapping and spitting on me. Stop whipping me. Don’t strip me naked and pin me to a cross, I did nothing to deserve this treatment!” But He kept silent. He took what He did not deserve, He took what we do deserve. He humbled Himself to the point of death, yet we cannot not humble ourself if a friend or family member offends us?

We all need grace yet none of us deserves it. While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. May we imitate Him and lay our pride down when we are persecuted, mocked, belittled and mistreated out of sheer obedience to Christ and even for the sake of our enemy, that they might get a taste of God’s grace through us and repent that they may be spared from the burning sulfur and eternal torment that awaits them.

Grace and peace to you,

Natasha


Living A Life Completely Free of Sin

To those who believe even as Christians, we will always fall prey to sin, no matter what, until we are resurrected, I soberly ask if you know of even just one Scripture that affirms this belief? Because there are several that teach the exact opposite (see this blog post).

I wonder if this belief is based merely on personal experience, and thus, since all they’ve known is they’ve sinned after claiming surrender to Christ, and that others they know have sinned after claiming surrender to Christ, and since they both continue to do so, it must be impossible to always defeat sin until we are out of these fleshly bodies. It may also be that they’ve been taught this by pastors and leaders so they accept it as truth, without really having Scriptural support.

I know it is highly difficult to find people who profess Christ as Lord living such continually blameless lives, but it’s not because they aren’t out there, but rather, because they are indeed rare. Since the belief of sinning until after death is so prevalent and convenient, and taught by many a famous pastor, the teaching is widely accepted. But even Christ said the path to destruction is very broad and there are many who go down it, but the path to life is narrow and difficult, and there are few who find it (Matthew 7:13-14).

But many early church fathers believed and walked in the liberty of following the Spirit and thus, not continuing to sin. I definitely believe for some of them it was a process, like for Peter who was hypocritical and cowardly among the circumcision party, so that Paul called him out, but given Peter’s letters, it is apparent he repented and taught and believed that we can and are expected to cease sinning as children of God, born again, dead to the old self, and alive to God.

But there is this doctrine that teaches we are not dead to sin and the old self, and we only will be once we are in our resurrected bodies. What’s interesting is that, at the end of Paul’s long teaching on the resurrected body, he actually concludes with this:

“Awake to righteousness, and do not sin; for some do not have the knowledge of God. I speak this to your shame.” (I Corinthians 15:12-34 NKJV)

I think of how in the Old Testament it was God’s mission to destroy sin and bring us back to a godly fellowship with Him. How He destroyed the whole world, sparing only 8, because of sin. How He would slay His people for sin and how agonizing it was for Him that they continued to go back and forth between obeying Him and sinning. First, He reveals Himself to man in the garden, but that wasn’t enough, then He reveals Himself mightily to the Jews in Egypt, but that doesn’t work either, then He gives them laws to follow, that still doesn’t work, then finally, He sends His Son to once for all deal with the issue of sin: to remove it completely, to kill it in the flesh so we no longer walk in it so we can have unbroken fellowship with Him. God’s grace is not, “I forgave all your sin and when you keep on sinning it’s okay because Jesus died for those future sins too.” He forgave people in the past as well for their sin. Forgiveness was previously attainable, but God wanted to destroy sin entirely, no longer having to continue forgiving it. So He does something radical: sends His own Son to live a morally perfect life in the flesh, conquering sin by the Spirit, and then dying on the cross to give us a brand new start. With that clean slate, we receive the Holy Spirit to now indwell us forever—a gift that was not previously poured out on/into those from the past—in order for us to have no excuse for sinning, because Christ Himself—the conqueror of sin—now lives inside of us. God’s promise has finally been fulfilled:

And I will sanctify My great name, which has been profaned among the nations, which you have profaned in their midst; and the nations shall know that I am the LORD,” says the Lord GOD, “when I am hallowed in you before their eyes.

Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them. Then you shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; you shall be My people, and I will be your God. I will deliver you from all your uncleannesses. I will call for the grain and multiply it, and bring no famine upon you.

“Then you will remember your evil ways and your deeds that were not good; and you will loathe yourselves in your own sight, for your iniquities and your abominations. Not for your sake do I do this, ” says the Lord GOD, “let it be known to you. Be ashamed and confounded for your own ways, O house of Israel!” ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “On the day that I cleanse you from all your iniquities, I will also enable you to dwell in the cities, and the ruins shall be rebuilt.”(Ezekiel 36:23, 25-29, 31-33 NKJV)

“Then I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within them, and take the stony heart out of their flesh, and give them a heart of flesh, that they may walk in My statutes and keep My judgments and do them; and they shall be My people, and I will be their God. But as for those whose hearts follow the desire for their detestable things and their abominations, I will recompense their deeds on their own heads,” says the Lord GOD.” (Ezekiel 11:19-21 NKJV)

I don’t wrestle with the desire to sin or not sin. I hate sin. I want nothing to do with it because of the new nature Christ has given me, because my body is now a temple for His Holy Spirit. I do not thirst for sin, I do not crave it, I have died to it. So it’s really not a wrestling. I think if it’s a wrestling for some, it is because that person may not have truly surrendered his whole heart and desires to Christ, which is a must if we are to try and follow Him. Remember the outwardly righteous young rich ruler who only had one sin in his life that Jesus addressed—his love for money—and although he was obedient in all other matters of following God, because of this one sin he didn’t want to surrender and then choose to follow Jesus, Jesus implied he wouldn’t go to heaven.

See, Jesus wants us to forsake all of our desires, and when we really do that in genuine sincerity, He gives us a heart of flesh and removes the heart of stone, that we can now, through His Holy Spirit abiding in us, and by choosing to listen to Him, walk blameless before Him.

Now, no doubt there are many who profess Christ as Lord but continue in sin, but to generalize and say that all do this because Paul had to rebuke and correct many is not a fair judgement. Even Jesus, in speaking to the seven churches in Revelation, had to address sin in all but two: The church of Philadelphia and the church of Smyrna. The majority were accepting some form of immorality in their midst, and thus they were rebuked, but these two churches were not rebuked for any immorality. Jesus even used the word perfect in correcting one church found to have sin:

Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die, for I have not found your works perfect before God. (Revelation 3:2 NKJV)

Perfect means perfect. Why would Christ expect perfection in morality if we aren’t able to give it?

As obedient children, do not be conformed to the desires of your former ignorance. But as the One who called you is holy, you also are to be holy in all your conduct; for it is written, Be holy, because I am holy. And if you address as Father the One who judges impartially based on each one’s work, you are to conduct yourselves in fear during the time of your temporary residence. For you know that you were redeemed from your empty way of life inherited from the fathers, not with perishable things like silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without defect or blemish. (1 Peter 1:14-19 HCSB)

He Himself bore our sins in His body on the tree, so that, having died to sins, we might live for righteousness; you have been healed by His wounds. (1 Peter 2:24 HCSB)

Therefore, since Christ suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same mind, for he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, that he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh for the lusts of men, but for the will of God. For we have spent enough of our past lifetime in doing the will of the Gentiles—when we walked in lewdness, lusts, drunkenness, revelries, drinking parties, and abominable idolatries. In regard to these, they think it strange that you do not run with them in the same flood of dissipation, speaking evil of you. (I Peter 4:1-4 NKJV)

For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works. (‭Titus‬ ‭2‬:‭11-14‬ NKJV)

Although not a popularly taught doctrine, it is indeed possible and expected for us as children of God to walk blamelessly, in complete holiness before Him during our time here on earth. We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us, including always reject sin whenever Satan tries to trip us up. I pray you come to believe this truth, and surrender your whole heart to Christ so you may walk in it, fully pleasing to Him, receiving the reward for your faithfulness.


I Have Everything I Need In Christ. Do You?

And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. (‭Philippians‬ ‭4‬:‭19‬ NKJV)

Do you believe this? And this:

But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. (‭Matthew‬ ‭6‬:‭33‬ NKJV)

If you’re a Christian, a person who has repented of your sins and trusted in Christ as your Savior and Lord, these promises are yours.

The bible says God cannot lie. If He promises He will supply all of your need by Christ Jesus His Son, He will do it.

Now here’s the awesome thing: He already has.

Some think because they’re single, God hasn’t supplied everything they need, but that isn’t true. In whatever circumstance you’re currently in, God has provided you with everything you need. Apparently, if you’re still single, you do not need a husband right now. Maybe you’re not ready, maybe the man is not ready, and thus God in His infinite wisdom keeps you apart for now, knowing you two do not need each other at the moment. In fact, putting you together would actually do more harm than it would good.

Maybe you don’t have or realize you have everything you need, and this can be because you aren’t doing your part: seeking first the kingdom of God and His righteousness.

Every Christian wants God to hook them up, to give them everything they need and want. But, how many are actually pursuing God the way He commands us to? How many of His children are actually seeking Him and His righteousness above all else?

I think it’s safe to say the vast majority of self-proclaimed Christians are not seeking God first. They’re seeking career, relationship, fame, you name it, above their pursuit of God. Then, when God is not answering their prayers, they get angry with Him.

We have to understand God’s promises are conditional. If you seek God first and His righteousness, everything you need will be added to you.

It takes two to tango. God is in a relationship with us. He is not a genie who is under us. We are beneath Him. He is Lord, He is Master, He is Father, we are supposed to do what He says. He does not have to do what we say, and every time He does it is a gift, a benefit, not a right.

Some of us just need to be patient with God, knowing He tests hearts to determine who is truly faithful to Him. Others of us need to repent from a mindset of entitlement and a lack of obedience to and pursuit of our self-professed God. We need to lay down the idols: the money, the career, the fame, the boyfriend, and seek God above all of those things, and not only seek, but obey and become righteous before Him.

God does makes lots of promises, but notice who they’re to:

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled … Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God.(‭Matthew‬ ‭5‬:‭6, 8‬ NKJV)

And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. (‭Galatians‬ ‭6‬:‭9‬ NKJV)

Ill-gotten treasures have no lasting value, but righteousness delivers from death. (Proverbs 10:2)

Cast your cares on the Lord
and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken. (Psalms 55:22)

Better the little that the righteous have than the wealth of many wicked; for the power of the wicked will be broken, but the Lord upholds the righteous. (Psalms 37:16-17)

For the Lord loves the just
and will not forsake his faithful ones. Wrongdoers will be completely destroyed; the offspring of the wicked will perish. (Psalms 37:28)

Blessings crown the head of the righteous, but violence overwhelms the mouth of the wicked. (Proverbs 10:6)

There’s so many more promises to the righteous, the upright, those who fear God, those who love Him, who obey Him. But these promises are not for those who put Him in second place. These blessings are not for sinners.

So truly consider your walk with God. Do you think your ways are holy and pleasing in His sight? Remember, God is holy to the third power. He hates all forms of wickedness which is disobedience to His commands, and repays each according to his works. The Bible promises we reap what we sow. What are you sowing?


I Don’t Dig Devotionals Much

The following is from an email I sent to some of my younger siblings in Christ whom I dearly love.

A powerful reminder to us who are in Christ:

“His divine power has given us everything required for life and godliness through the knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness. By these He has given us very great and precious promises, so that through them you may share in the divine nature, escaping the corruption that is in the world because of evil desires. For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with goodness, goodness with knowledge, knowledge with self-control, self-control with endurance, endurance with godliness, godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they will keep you from being useless or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (2 Peter 1:3-8 HCSB)

Family I beg you, do not neglect the Word of God. I’m going to boldly say if your “quiet time” only consists of a devotional, you’re becoming religious rather than relational.

I’m not saying devotionals are evil, but I am saying they are very limiting and potentially dangerous for the believer who replaces the Word with a devotional.

Many devotionals give you a snippet of Scripture and a thought and/or prayer to consider. There’s three problems with this set-up:

1.) A snippet of Scripture is baby food.

This may be okay for a lunch break at work or school, but for your quality time with God?

2.) The author is interpreting Scripture for you, but what if their take is wrong, or rather shallow?

There may be much more layers to that passage (there usually are), but now you’re only getting a taste of the revelation they were shown by the Holy Spirit. But what if you prayed and studied the passages on your own, asking the Holy Spirit to teach you and speak to you? Don’t you think you might get more out of this time than the devotional?

3.) They are giving you a prayer to recite so now your prayer is a quick two sentences that isn’t being personally led by the Holy Spirit, or at least quenches the Spirit, because you say it and then move on with your day

Prayer is intimate. Prayer is insanely powerful. When we base our times in prayer on whatever our devotional tells us to pray, we are totally missing out, and God is missing us.

Imagine every time you spoke to your best friend, it was a two minute (if that) conversation. Basically, these devotional prayers are like the quick, unintentional, chit-chat conversations we have with people we don’t know very well.

When we go deeper in prayer, it’s like the long, intense conversations we have with our close friends that give us revelation and deeper insight into who both of us are, and there’s usually something accomplished in those longer, intentional conversations; whether it be a greater understanding about a personal issue, guidance as to what we should do, a greater love and compassion for each other, getting help with math homework, or a acquiring a new beta reader, something is accomplished in those deeper conversations, things are revealed.

This is what happens in intentional prayer where you make time for God and ask the Holy Spirit to give you the words.

Jesus didn’t talk about the persistent widow who kept pestering the unjust judge for justice for no reason. The bible doesn’t mention Christ spending hours in prayer for no reason. It doesn’t say the “fervent” prayer of the righteous accomplishes much for no reason.

So, my beloved siblings in Christ, my challenge for you is to go deeper in your Bible time and prayer time. Draw near to God, and then He will draw near to you.

Love you guys! Praying for you.

Natasha


Repent or Die.

If we are truly in Christ, if we have repented (turned away from our sins) and put our trust in Jesus Christ’s sacrifice for our sins, and His resurrection from the grave to deliver us from the power of sin and death, and simply obey His teachings, we should not be struggling with sin.

I make this bold proclamation on the basis of many scriptures, and I am firmly convinced that when we struggle with lust, or envy, or selfishness, it is because we are literally believing lies Satan has/is whispering in our minds.

Quick reminders from Jesus before I go deep with you:

And he said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you. Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.” (Luke 10:18-20)

“You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and has nothing to do with the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies (John 8:44)

When we sin as born-again disciples of Jesus Christ, it is only for one reason: we have walked away from the Truth.

Check it:

So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin. The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” (John 8:31, 32, 34-36)

Many of us professing Christians in America are believing false gospels. They’re quite subtle, they sound close to the truth, but they are not the truth. If Jesus just said those who sin are slaves and won’t “stay in the house forever” that is, go to heaven, but only the sons will—those who are “free indeed” from the power of sin—then we really need to contemplate what gospel we have believed. I guarantee you, the majority believe this gospel:

“We are all sinners. Christ came and died for sinners. If we confess and say a prayer, we will be “saved” from hell and get to go to heaven. However, we will still struggle and sin, but God will always forgive us no matter what.”

This is false doctrine. Jesus Himself just said everyone who commits sin is a slave of sin, and that sinners will not live with Him forever. He also said that His true disciples remain in His Word, and that the Truth of His Word sets them free. 1 John 3:8 says Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil, that is, Jesus came to destroy sin. He didn’t die, resurrect, and then give us His Holy Spirit just so we can keep struggling with sin! That’s nonsense! It doesn’t even make sense! If that were the case, all of these verses will be contradictory lies:

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13)

“For this purpose also I labor, striving according to His power, which mightily works within me.”-Colossians 1:29

“For who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ. (1 Corinthians 2:16)

If being born-again in Christ and being filled with His Spirit meant we would still struggle with sin, then the verses should read: “I can do almost all things through Christ who gives me strength,” or “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength—except stop sinning completely.” Or “I labor with Christ’s strength that is not all-powerful and so it only works sorta powerfully within me.”

And if we have the mind of Christ, does Christ lust after women or men? Does he desire to watch porn, or lie, or cheat, or cuss? If we have His mind, will we think perverted thoughts? Of course we wouldn’t! Christ is perfectly pure and holy, completely sinless. This is why the Bible says we are blameless in Christ. If someone sins, are they without blame? That’s contradictory, is it not?

You might say, “But Natasha, what about these pastors and great men and women of God who end up sinning and fall away from the faith. Were they never saved?”

To that I reply, we can, at any moment, choose to walk away from Christ. When we become disciples of Jesus, that doesn’t mean we turn into robots without free-will. That is why the bible warns many times for Christians to “endure to the end,” to “stand firm” to “persevere” to “resist Satan.” God wants devoted followers, not short-lived ones; how will they be able to remain faithful for all eternity if they can’t for their short stay on earth? Hence, this rebuke and exhortation from Jesus:

“And to the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write, ‘These things says the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God: “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth. Because you say, ‘I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing’—and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked— I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent. Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me. To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.” (Revelation 3:14-21)

Jesus said:

“Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.” (Matthew 7:13, 14)

Like I said previously, many Americans believe the false gospel that we are still going to sin after Christ has cleansed us and given us a new heart and mind, and His very own Holy Spirit. Why do you think mega churches are so mega? They’re buildings with lots of sinners who “have a form of godliness but deny its power.” (2 Timothy 3:5)

Actually, many mega churches sound a lot like this:

“For of this sort are those who creep into households and make captives of gullible women loaded down with sins, led away by various lusts, always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. Now as Jannes and Jambres resisted Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, disapproved concerning the faith; but they will progress no further, for their folly will be manifest to all, as theirs also was.” (2 Timothy 3:6-9)

And then Paul says immediately following:

“But you have carefully followed my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, love, perseverance, persecutions, afflictions, which happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra—what persecutions I endured. And out of them all the Lord delivered me. Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived. But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them, and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. (II Timothy 3:6-15)

How many mega church pastors get persecuted for living a godly life? Instead, everyone loves them and they have lots of fans and followers, only to later get caught committing adultery or being greedy for money.

Paul is telling us what Jesus already has: the Scriptures are sufficient! They set us free from the lies of man, and the lies of satan, so that we may be “wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.”

Listen to the Truth:

“Once you were alienated and hostile in your minds because of your evil actions. But now He has reconciled you by His physical body through His death, to present you holy, faultless, and blameless before Him — if indeed you remain grounded and steadfast in the faith and are not shifted away from the hope of the gospel that you heard. This gospel has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and I, Paul, have become a servant of it.” (Colossians 1:21-23)

Beloved by God, I want you to notice five words in the above passage: “once you were” and “but now.”

You see saints, at one point—in the past—before you trusted in Christ as Lord and Savior, your minds were hostile, but now Christ has reconciled you. You are a NEW person in Christ, meaning you have a NEW mind and a NEW heart. The old has passed away!

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” (2 Corinthians 5:17)

“And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules.” (Ezekiel 36:26, 27)

So tear down the lies you have believed in!

“For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:3-5)

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” (Romans 12:2)

“If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. On account of these the wrath of God is coming. In these you too once walked, when you were living in them. But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator. Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all, and in all. Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.” (Colossians 3:1-16)

And this is what I pray for all of you:

“And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment, that you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ, being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.” (Philippians 1:9-11)

“For this reason also, since the day we heard this, we haven’t stopped praying for you. We are asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding, so that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to Him, bearing fruit in every good work and growing in the knowledge of God. May you be strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for all endurance and patience, with joy giving thanks to the Father, who has enabled you to share in the saints’ inheritance in the light. He has rescued us from the domain of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of the Son He loves.” (Colossians 1:9-13)

If you need to repent and want some prayer support and encouragement, please feel free to email me at betterthanedward(at)live.com

I love you and I’m praying for you,

Natasha


To the Hypocritical believers in Jesus

Many proclaim belief in Jesus Christ, yet continue living sinful lives. To those who do this, I share this Scripture passage with you, that you may fear God and repent, for He calls out hypocrites, and commands all who follow Him to be holy:

“For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works. Declare these things; exhort and rebuke with all authority. Let no one disregard you.” (Titus 2:11-15)

If there’s sin in your life that you are justifying, when the bible claims God hates and condemns sin, you may be honest in your declaration of belief in God, but belief alone will not send you to heaven.

Sin is a crime against God, and He “judges all wrong doers.” Each of us have done wrong—lied, lusted, hated, used God’s name as a cuss word, stole—therefore each of us are rightfully judged by God. If we face Him with our sinful track-record, He will rightfully close the doors of His holy eternal dwelling place and say, “Depart from Me, worker of iniquity, I never knew you.”

But you know what God did for us so we don’t have to be judged by Him according to our sins?

He sent His perfect, holy Son to live a perfect and sinless life, then had Him die a bloody, excruciating death on a cross in our place, that those of us who forsake our sins and put our trust in Jesus may be forgiven of all unrighteousness and become children of God, by the gift of His Holy Spirit who lives in believers, and receive eternal life. Not by our own good works apart from Christ, but by Christ’s perfect sacrifice on our behalf.

In order to be made right with God we need to be forgiven by Him. The great news is God is a forgiving God, but the way to forgiveness is through His Son. If you try to face the Holy Creator in your sinful, unrepentant state, He will deny you. But if you come to Him after turning away from your sins and embracing His Son, you will likewise be embraced and have your name written in His book of life.

Will you choose today to say goodbye to your sins and the things/people that help cause you to sin, and choose to follow Christ? You have nothing but hell to lose, and everything that’s heavenly to gain.

Praying for you,

Natasha


I’m A Christian, But I Leave My Christianity At Church

Dare I take this election lightly. Would I lodge this High Calling beneath my bed like a box of old goods, never to be utilized again?

But you are his chosen people, the King’s priests. You are a holy nation, people who belong to God. He chose you to tell about the wonderful things he has done. He brought you out of the darkness of sin into his wonderful light. (1 Peter 2:9 ERV)

How can I so spit upon the loving mercy and lavish grace of my Lord, whose greatest desire is to conform me to the image of His Son? How can I selfishly resist this transforming process from glory to glory, and refuse to share His love and grace with others?

Do I seize His forgiveness and—like Smeagol and the ring of power—horde this precious gift for my self and never share it? Or is this the second greatest call of my election—to preach the gospel?

Our King treaded the earth, likely with blistering feet, many times hungry and in great thirst so that the gospel of His saving grace may be made known to those in darkness. Every day He answered that call, and out of His mouth came the very words, “For this is why I have come.”

If this relentless preacher of the gospel so lives in us, how can we lack zeal? How can we be bound by fear? How can we bite our tongues?

It is sin.

O, how I pray that whatever darkness is keeping us from passionately proclaiming the truth of our precious Savior is forsaken, is thrown out like the blackened water it is! May the poison of sin be extracted from our hearts that it may no longer pollute the holy blood that has previously cleansed us.

Beloved, you know what sin you hold in your right hand, and I beg of you to release it. Then you will be strengthened from on High, revived by the flames of Love Himself, that you may go out and be a blazing beacon of the very Truth that has set you free. If you are in Christ yet enslaved to sin, it is only because you are choosing to be. And if you love your sin more than you love our Savior, is His Holy Spirit truly still in you?

If you love sin, how can He who hates it truly dwell in you?

Repent and be renewed as King David was resurrected from the death His sin brought upon him. Turn aside from your sin and cry out to Jesus. He will deliver all who call on His name. And you will walk in the greatest callings: conformity to Jesus Christ, and bringing the good news of salvation to others; becoming holy and worthy of the call, and rescuing souls from eternal darkness. There is no greater cause than these.

May you be made whole, and may we meet in the new city of our King in the next life.

Much love,

Natasha


Our War, Our Victory, Our Destiny As Knights For Jesus Christ

I pray for you knights of Christ every day, that you would grow and endure. Please do keep me in prayer also. For these days are only going to get worse: more evil, more corrupt, more saturated with lies.

And that is why we must stay in the bible every single day, multiple times a day, at least day and night. This is our only weapon, soldiers, it is the Sword of the Spirit.

I promise you the battle in the heavenly realm is real! We can’t see it, but we are in it every day! When satan rebelled, it unleashed war in heaven. The arch angel Michael fought and overpowered the devil, and he was thrown out and cast down to earth where he now prowls like a blood-thirsty lion, seeking whom he may devour.

The devil has literal weapons: a bow with flaming arrows that he fires at our heart to defeat our faith. He literally plans and schemes our destruction and downfall and makes bets with God, accusing us, while Jesus sits on the throne and intercedes for us.

So may we not get lazy and let our swords get rusty. I believe our generation lives in the hardest time spiritually. Jesus said the last days would be like the days of Noah, when in all the world, only eight people lived righteously and feared God. May we be part of the few who stand strong upon the firm foundation of God’s Word.

If you ever doubt, or you’re overwhelmed and need prayer, know that you can cry out to God, and you can call on the saints for prayer support. We’re in this war for Christ together! I’m here for you. Again, may this truth encourage you, warriors of Light. May you clap and shout and sing and dance over this astounding truth. Whenever you get discouraged or tired of this life, remember this and look forward to it, for this is the hope, the destiny of those of us who remain faithful to our King until the end!

Then I looked, and there was a large crowd of people. There were so many people that no one could count them all. They were from every nation, tribe, race of people, and language of the earth. They were standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They all wore white robes and had palm branches in their hands. They shouted loudly, “Victory belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.” The elders and the four living beings were there. All the angels were standing around them and the throne. The angels bowed down on their faces before the throne and worshiped God. They said, “Amen! Praise, glory, wisdom, thanks, honor, power, and strength belong to our God forever and ever. Amen!” Then one of the elders asked me, “Who are these people in white robes? Where did they come from?” I answered, “You know who they are, sir.” And the elder said, “These are the ones who have come out of the great suffering. They have washed their robes with the blood of the Lamb, and they are clean and white. So now these people are before the throne of God. They worship God day and night in his temple. And the one who sits on the throne will protect them. They will never be hungry again. They will never be thirsty again. The sun will not hurt them. No heat will burn them. The Lamb in front of the throne will be their shepherd. He will lead them to springs of water that give life. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.” (Revelation 7:9-17 ERV)

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