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The Full Armor

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THE FULL ARMOR

God takes care of His children on this earth, as much as we will allow Him to. He never forces His people to be obedient, but rather He has given us a free will and the ability to make choices.

Jesus said many times throughout His ministry, before ascending to the Father, to beware of deception.

“And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you, for many shall come in My name, saying, I am Christ, and shall deceive many” Matthew 24:4-5.

“And false prophets shall rise and deceive many” Matthew 24:11.

“For there shall arise false Christs and false prophets and shall show great signs and wonders, insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect” Matthew 24:24.

So, we see here that, according to Matthew’s account in chapter 24 alone, Jesus warned His disciples not once, not twice, but three times to beware of false Christs and false prophets, who will do wonders in the last days, so much so that the very elect would be deceived, if possible.

The elect are those of us that attend to the Lord every day, nearly all day, in prayer, reading the Word, praise and worship and ministry. If you don’t fit into this category, all the more, take heed!

The devil is as a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour.

“Be sober, be vigilant, because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walks about seeking whom he may devour” 1 Peter 5:8.

A child of God has to “open the door” to deception, friends. We have protection, as children of God, and satan is not allowed to breach our armor, or break down our door. He can only get a foothold if we remove our armor, or fail to put it on daily, or open the door to him.

The enemy of our souls never gives up seeking a way to enter through the door that God has placed against him, or through a breach in the armor that God has given us to wear.

The armor of God consists of these: the helmet of salvation, the shield of faith, the breastplate of righteousness (so much for those who don’t believe we can live righteous in this world), the sword of the Spirit, our loins girt about with truth, and our feet shod with the gospel of peace (Ephesians 6:10-18).

We must be diligent and always on guard. There are, however, seasons of rest to the saints of God (Hebrews 4:9-11). I would describe these seasons as dwelling in the “Secret Place” of the Most High.

One doesn’t just slip right into the “Secret Place” as soon as they repent and receive salvation. The Apostle Paul explained to the Hebrews, “Let us labor, therefore, to enter into that rest…” Hebrews 4:11.

What is the Secret Place?

The Secret Place of the Most High is explained by King David in Psalms 91. If you read the chapter, you will discover that those who enter the Secret Place of the Most High, abiding under His shadow, are those who “make the Lord, even the Most High, their habitation” and who “set their love upon Him.” In other words, you are so in love with the Lord that you are always thinking about Him, nearly always praying, or talking to Him, studying His Word, or praising Him, making the Lord your first and foremost priority above all things, so much so, that He is your habitation = the Secret Place. Come to this holy, holy place with God and you will have rest to your soul and many benefits, as described in Psalms 91.

Jesus said,

“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If any man hear My voice and open the door, I will come in to him and will sup with him, and he with Me” Revelation 3:20.

The Lord wants to “sup” with you as often as you will open the door to Him.

On the other hand, how does one open the door to satan? Watching secular television for hours; drinking liquor; smoking; taking drugs (can also be prescribed drugs); listening to secular music (there are evil spirits associated with many types of music, other than gospel); obsessions, such as obsessive cleaning, obsessive eating, obsessively watching TV; obsessively shopping and spending, etc; focusing on the material things of this world and pride, whereas our focus should be the Lord, and all other things will be provided.

“Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you” Matthew 6:33.

Certainly, we are to live in this world, shop for those things that we have need of, take care of those things the Lord has provided, cleaning the home, our clothes, the yards, etc; but we need to place God first in our lives and these other things will be a breeze. I do these chores much of the time while praying or singing hymns.

In fact, it never ceases to amaze me that when I determine to pray and read the Word first, I can quickly get the other things done that I need to do. When I have failed to put the things of God first, I can’t seem to get those things done that I sacrificed God’s time to get done. It never fails!

We always need to bear in mind that satan appears as an “angel of light” (2 Corinthians 11:14). He is not always going to attack on the premise of evil. He will disguise himself as one, for example, who needs help, or who presents as a “lover,” or who even presents himself as an aid in the time of trouble – beware!

If that person, or that opportunity, or that pitiful one comes along, but there is any possibility that they are involved in evil, or the appearance of evil, or perhaps they appear to need help, but they aren’t saved – beware! Yes, we are to help the lost materially, as well as spiritually, but allow a brother to help males, and a sister to help females, etc.

Notice also that the good Samaritan (Luke 10:30-35) did not take the stranger home with him, but he helped him, purchased a room for him and gave provision elsewhere. He wanted to help the man who had been robbed and beaten, but he didn’t really know him, if he was evil, or a godly man. He didn’t risk bringing an unsaved, wicked person into his home to jeopardize himself, or his family, but he provided for him other facilities and provision. That was the wise thing to do. 

The saints of God can give to ministries that are set up to provide food, shelter and clothing to the poor and minister to them spiritually, but we should never take someone from the street and bring them home. That would be foolish. There are ministries and government programs in place to help the poor and homeless. If God speaks to you and tells you to bring someone home, that would be an exception. (He will never tell a woman who lives alone to bring a man home; and He will never tell a man who lives alone to bring a woman home.)

Jesus said,

“Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves; be therefore wise as serpents and harmless as doves” Matthew 10:16.

Be diligent, faithful, at peace, long-suffering, meek, gentle and wise. Always put God first and foremost in your life, living prayerfully and studying His Word, and you can dwell in the Secret Place of the Most High.

Hundreds of Bible prophecies have been fulfilled and those remaining shall surely come to pass. Are you prepared to stand before God and give an account of the life you have lived on this earth? If not, salvation is only a prayer away. Please visit the How Can I Be Saved page – your eternal destiny depends on it. God bless you.


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“I Sought Him Whom My Soul Loveth” Song of Solomon 3:1

“I Sought Him Whom My Soul Loveth” Song of Solomon 3:1

Are you searching for God today? We are living in such time as the prophets and Jesus Christ spoke of, a time of decision (Joel 3:14), with distress of nations (Luke 21:25), in perilous times (2 Timothy 3), and it is a defining time for the people of God.

Now is the time to settle in our hearts just how much we love the Lord God, our Creator, and whether we are willing to lay our very lives down on the fact that He is our Savior. Many are dying throughout the Middle East, and some other nations, simply because they lay hold to their faith that Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior.

I am ashamed to admit that there was a time when I told the Lord I wasn’t sure I could die for Him, if it came to that, but I prayed that He would place that much love and commitment inside of me, that He would give me the great love that I need to have for Him. God answered that prayer.

Jesus said,

“He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me; and he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me” Matthew 10:37.

This was always a very hard saying for me, especially since I have always loved my son more than myself, more than my own life. Albeit, I prayed for a “heart after God’s own heart” (1 Samuel 13:14) and the love I needed for the Lord.

God promises to take care of all the rest, as we put Him first in our lives.

The Word of God tells us,

“Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you” Matthew 6:33.

In other words, we don’t have to worry about anything we place second to Christ, because He will take care of all the rest! It is His promise to us; He is so wonderful!

The Apostle Paul wrote,

“I beseech you, therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service” Romans 12:1.

In return, our Lord and Savior has promised us eternal life,

“Whosoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Believest thou this?” John 11:26.

Not many people realize it, but the Song of Solomon is a letter from God to the Jews and a letter from Christ to His bride. As I wrote the Song of Solomon during my study of the precious book, the Holy Spirit revealed to me that Christ was speaking to me, to the bride of Christ, through these writings in the Song of Solomon. I later discovered that Jewish rabbis have understood throughout the ages that God is speaking to His elect through the Song of Solomon.

The Song of Solomon contains scriptures which have plural interpretations. Plural interpretations are accepted by Bible theologians and they are significant in the laws of interpretation of God’s Word (hermeneutics). Just as the Jewish feasts are relevant to the Jews and their history, the feasts also have very significant meaning concerning: the sinless Lamb of God, who is Jesus Christ – John 1:29 (Passover); living a sanctified life – Hebrews 13:12 (Unleavened Bread); Christ’s resurrection – John 11:25 and 1 Corinthians 15:20 (Firstfruits); the outpouring of the Holy Ghost – Acts 2 (Pentecost); the resurrection of the dead and catching up of the saints – 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 (Feast of Trumpets); Christ’s sacrificial blood offered on the altar for the remission of our sins (Day of Atonement); and the final reign of Christ on earth with His saints – Revelation 20:4-6 (Feast of Tabernacles). These are all examples of plural definitions of the scriptures, the Old Testament being a type and shadow of the New Testament.

The Song of Solomon speaks of the bride of Christ, who is looking for her bridegroom during the last days, but she cannot find Him (Song of Solomon 3:1). Notice that when she meets up with the “watchmen” (Song of Solomon 3:3), shortly after that, she finds her love and she will not let Him go (Song of Solomon 3:4). 

As children of God, are we not looking for Christ’s return? Nevertheless, many are tired of the wait and some have fallen asleep, but notice that when the “Shulamite bride” hears from the “watchmen,” those proclaiming the prophecies of Christ’s return, she, the bride of Christ, finds Him and “she will not let Him go.”

Have you long awaited the return of Christ? Have you grown weary in this life looking for God, but not finding Him, possibly falling asleep spiritually?

It is imperative to remember the parable of the 10 virgins (Matthew 25), which fits right into the theme of the Song of Solomon. We are being told in this love story that the “bride of Christ” needs to listen to the “watchmen,” and prepare for the Lord’s return by faith, understanding the signs of the times, as did the sons of Issachar.

If you are searching for Him, you will not find God in the last days, if you do not listen to His watchmen. God has prepared “watchmen” for the last days, whose loins are girt about (prepared) “with Truth” (Ephesians 6:15). It is imperative that God’s people not listen to those whose words do not line up entirely with God’s Holy Word. Jesus warned not once, not twice, but three times in Matthew 24 to beware of false teachers, false Christs and false prophets. Listen to the true “watchmen,” who rightly divide the Word of Truth (2 Timothy 2:15), understanding it by having studied it thoroughly with prayer and fasting, comparing scripture with scripture, “precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept, line upon line, line upon line,  here a little, and there a little, (Isaiah 28:10),” while looking to God for the interpretation. As you hear a man of God preach, or teach, open the Word of God and make certain that what he is saying lines up with God’s Holy Word. It is also imperative to study the Word daily and know it thoroughly for yourself. 

As you listen to the truth, and tithe your time to prayer and the reading of God’s Holy Word yourself, you will find the “Bridegroom” and you will “not let Him go” (Song of Solomon 3:4).

Jesus said,

“Watch therefore and pray always, that you may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass (tribulation), and to stand before the Son of man” Luke 21:36.

In summary, if we love the Lord with our whole heart, if we watch and pray always and listen to the anointed “watchmen,” we will find our “Bridegroom” and “not let Him go.”

God bless you.

Hundreds of Bible prophecies have been fulfilled and those remaining will surely come to pass. Are you prepared to stand before God and give an account of the life you have lived on this earth? If not, salvation is only a prayer away. Please visit the How Can I Be Saved page – your eternal destiny depends on it. God bless you.

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Living Godly In Christ Jesus

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Living Godly In Christ Jesus


Many preachers today never preach against sin, the reality of hell, or preach God’s call to His people to live holy – in Christ Jesus. In fact, the most popular doctrine preached in, what are said to be, Christian churches throughout the world today is Calvinism, the doctrine which teaches once you are saved, you can live like the devil, but you will always be saved – and there is no such thing as “backsliding.”

The doctrine is based primarily on a few selective scriptures and one of them is, “He who believes and is baptized shall be saved; but he who believes not shall be damned” Mark 16:16.

It is true, we must believe to be saved. That scripture cannot be separated from the rest of God’s Word, nevertheless.

The Word of God also tells us, “You believe that there is One God; you do well. The devils also believe and tremble” James 2:19.

Do you think devils are saved and going to heaven because they “believe?” There isn’t a chance (2 Peter 2:4). Does the Word of God, then, contradict itself? Never. We must simply, by the power of the Holy Spirit, “rightly divide” (2 Timothy 2:15) the Word of Truth; which means no one scripture is of private interpretation, but they all must be compared with one another in order to come to the proper interpretation. In other words, certain scriptures cannot be selected out and isolated from the rest of the Bible.

The Word of God tells us, “Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation” 2 Peter 1:20.

Also, and most importantly, God’s Holy Word can only be interpreted by the Holy Spirit, those who are led of the Spirit. The Holy Word of God tells us,

“But the natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolish unto him, neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned” 1 Corinthians 2:14.

Evil men, with wicked hearts, desiring to do evil and get away with it, will misinterpret the Holy Word of God. They are famous for frequently misinterpreting the following scripture:

“I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Jesus Christ our Lord” Romans 8:38-39.

The ungodly will say that since nothing can separate us from the love of God, sin can’t separate us from the love of God either. Notice, brethren, that sin is not listed in the above scripture. In fact, there are many scriptures that demonstrate to us clearly that sin will separate us from God on Judgment Day.

Here is a prime example, given by Jesus Himself, of people, who on the Judgment Day proclaim to be holy and righteous, but Jesus will reveal the truth:

“Every tree that brings not forth good fruit is hewn down and cast into the fire. Wherefore, by their fruits (deeds), you shall know them (the children of God). Not everyone that says unto Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter into the Kingdom of Heaven, but he that DOES THE WILL of My Father which is in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day (Judgment Day), Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, and in your name have cast out devils and in your name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, ‘I never knew you, depart from Me, you that work iniquity’” Matthew 7:19-23.

It is obvious here that “many” people will think themselves to be saved on Judgment Day, but Jesus will deny them, because they “work iniquity.” They obviously believed in Jesus, because they declared they did good works in His name. It is very apparent that the sins of these people separated them from God. Obviously, many things cannot separate God’s people from His love, but sin will separate us from God, and the Bible is very clear about that fact.

The Holy Word of God also tells us about false preachers,

“While they promise them liberty (freedom to sin), they themselves are the servants of corruption; for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage; for if after they have escaped the pollutions of this world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning; for it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them. But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, ‘The dog is turned to his own vomit again, and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire ” 2 Peter 2:19-22. (“As a dog returns to his vomit, so a fool returns to his folly” Proverbs 26:11.)


“The Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the Day of Judgment to be punished” 2 Peter 2:9.

“There has no temptation taken you, but such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that you are able, but will, with the temptation, also make a way to escape, that you may be able to bear it” 1 Corinthians 10:13.

“What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?” Romans 6:1-2.

“My little children, these things write I unto you, that you sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the Righteous: and He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. And hereby we do know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments” 1 John 2:1-3.

It is important to note here that if we sin, we need only repent and God will forgive us, as stated above. There is, however, a difference between living continuously in a state of sin, versus living for and following Christ, but falling down in a time of weakness. There is no remission of sin if we continuously live in that state (Hebrews 10:26). If we fall, we must repent and do our best to abstain from sin. God knows our hearts.

“No man can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one, and love the other, or else he will hold to one, and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon” Matthew 6:24.

John Calvin was a deceiver and a liar and he was manipulated by satan to deceive God’s people. It doesn’t matter how many books he wrote, what a scholar in secular law he might have been, or how he presented himself to the world. His doctrine contradicts the Holy Word of God. John Calvin departed from the faith and gave heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils (1 Timothy 4).

It was the devil who told Eve she could partake of the forbidden fruit and not die, which was a contradiction to what God had already said. God said that in the day you eat of this tree, you shall surely die (Genesis 2:17; Genesis 3:4)!

Do you believe God, or John Calvin?!

The Word of God tells us,

“And no marvel, for satan himself is transformed into an angel of light” 2 Corinthians 11:14.

Jesus, Himself, warned us to beware of false prophets and those that come in His name, not once, not twice, but three times in just one chapter of Matthew 24.

Jesus warned us very clearly to beware!

“Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof; from such turn away” 2 Timothy 3:5.

Denying the power of what? He is speaking here of “godliness,” having a form of it, but denying the power to live godly. God has promised us the power to live godly in Christ Jesus:

“According as His divine power has given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him that has called us to glory and virtue” 2 Peter 1:3.

Anyone who seeks to deny this truth is a liar.

This is the final message I will leave with you concerning God’s commandment that we live holy:

“Know you not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the Kingdom of God? Be not deceived, neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate (men emulating women), nor abusers of themselves with mankind (men lying with men – see Leviticus 18:22), nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners shall inherit the Kingdom of God” 1 Corinthians 6:9-10.

“Paul, a servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God’s elect, and the acknowledging of the truth, which is after godliness” Titus 1:1.

The TRUTH is after what? GODLINESS; not having once said a sinner’s prayer, then continuing to live like the devil!

“Be you holy, for I am holy” 1 Peter 1:16.

Hundreds of Bible prophecies have been fulfilled and those remaining shall surely come to pass. Are you prepared to stand before God and give an account of the life you have lived on this earth? If not, salvation is only a prayer away. Please visit the How Can I Be Saved page – your eternal destiny depends on it. God bless you.