“‘And in the last days it shall be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams; even on my male servants and female servants in those days I will pour out my Spirit, and they shall prophesy. And I will show wonders in the heavens above and signs on the earth below, blood, and fire, and vapor of smoke; the sun shall be turned to darkness and the moon to blood, before the day of the Lord comes, the great and magnificent day. And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.’"
This message can also be found on June 10th, 2013 named: He Convicts the World of Sin, Righteousness & Judgement!
Escrita por: Tyrone D. Palmer
Traduzida por: Cynthia R. Palmer
5 E, agora, vou para aquele que me enviou; e nenhum de vós me pergunta: Para onde vais? 6 Antes, porque isso vos tenho dito, o vosso coração se encheu de tristeza. 7 Todavia, digo-vos a verdade: que vos convém que eu vá, porque, se eu não for, o Consolador não virá a vós; mas, se eu for, enviar-vo-lo-ei. 8 E, quando ele vier, convencerá o mundo do pecado, e da justiça, e do juízo: 9 do pecado, porque não creem em mim; 10 da justiça, porque vou para meu Pai, e não me vereis mais; 11 e do juízo, porque já o príncipe deste mundo está julgado.
Se o Espirito Santo do Deus vivo habita dentro do seu coracao e tem o seu corpo como Seu templo, entao a presenca Dele em voce CONVENCERA cada pessoa neste mundo do pecado, da justica e do juizo.
Os membros de sua familia, seus amigos, sua esposa, seus filhos, seus amigos de trabalho, aqueles que entram em contato contigo, e ate voce mesmo, estarao debaixo dessa conviccao do Espirito Santo todos os dias, e esta e a razao pela qual muitas pessoas se separam da companhia dos discipulos de Cristo cheios do Espirito Santo de Deus. E por isso pessoas os odeiam e nao querem ficar perto deles, porque eles podem fisicamente SENTIR a presenca do Espirito e da graca de Deus no vaso terreno dos Seus eleitos, e isso faz a escuridao e os demonios na carne deles se manifestarem.
18 Se o mundo vos aborrece, sabei que, primeiro do que a vós, me aborreceu a mim. 19 Se vós fôsseis do mundo, o mundo amaria o que era seu, mas, porque não sois do mundo, antes eu vos escolhi do mundo, por isso é que o mundo vos aborrece. 20 Lembrai-vos da palavra que vos disse: não é o servo maior do que o seu senhor. Se a mim me perseguiram, também vos perseguirão a vós; se guardarem a minha palavra, também guardarão a vossa. 21 Mas tudo isso vos farão por causa do meu nome, porque não conhecem aquele que me enviou. 22 Se eu não viera, nem lhes houvera falado, não teriam pecado, mas, agora, não têm desculpa do seu pecado. 23 Aquele que me aborrece aborrece também a meu Pai. 24 Se eu, entre eles, não fizesse tais obras, quais nenhum outro têm feito, não teriam pecado; mas, agora, viram-nas e me aborreceram a mim e a meu Pai.
Este ano me surpreendi muito como o mundo e os ate os que professam ser cristaos resistem e rejeitam a conviccao do Espirito e da graca de Deus. Agora eu posso entender porque Jesus se indignou (se zangou) e ficou grandemente afligido com a dureza de coracao e a descrenca daqueles aos quais Ele foi enviado para salvar!
Marcos 3:5 - E, olhando para eles em redor com indignação (zangado), condoendo-se (grandemente afligido) da dureza do seu coração, disse ao homem: Estende a mão. E ele a estendeu, e foi-lhe restituída a mão, sã como a outra.
12 Vede, irmãos, que nunca haja em qualquer de vós um coração mau e infiel, para se apartar do Deus vivo. 13 Antes, exortai-vos uns aos outros todos os dias, durante o tempo que se chama Hoje, para que nenhum de vós se endureça pelo engano do pecado. 14 Porque nos tornamos participantes de Cristo, se retivermos firmemente o princípio da nossa confiança até ao fim. 15 Enquanto se diz: Hoje, se ouvirdes a sua voz, não endureçais o vosso coração, como na provocação.
16 Porque, havendo-a alguns ouvido, o provocaram; mas não todos os que saíram do Egito por meio de Moisés. 17 Mas com quem se indignou por quarenta anos? Não foi, porventura, com os que pecaram, cujos corpos caíram no deserto? 18 E a quem jurou que não entrariam no seu repouso, senão aos que foram desobedientes? 19 E vemos que não puderam entrar por causa da sua incredulidade.
Quando o Espirito de Deus vier para convencer seu coracao do pecado, da justica e do juizo, voce ouvira Sua voz?
This message can also be found in our blog on Sat, December 20th, 2014
Escrita por: Tyrone D. Palmer
Traduzida por: Cynthia R. Palmer
A parábola do trigo e do joio
24 Jesus depois lhes disse esta outra parábola:
—O reino do céu é como um homem que semeou boa semente na sua terra.25 Mas naquela noite, enquanto todos estavam dormindo, o seu inimigo veio, semeou joio
no meio do trigo e foi-se embora. 26 Mais tarde, quando as plantas cresceram e se formaram as espigas, o joio também apareceu.27 Então, os servos do homem aproximaram-se dele e perguntaram-lhe: “O senhor semeou boa semente em sua terra, não é verdade? Então de onde veio este joio?” 28 E o homem lhes respondeu: “Foi algum inimigo que fez isto”. Os servos, então, perguntaram: “O senhor quer que arranquemos o joio?” 29 E o homem respondeu: “Não, pois quando vocês forem arrancar o joio poderão arrancar também o trigo. 30 Deixem que ambos cresçam juntos. Quando chegar a época da colheita eu direi aos ceifeiros: ‘Apanhem primeiro o joio, amarrem-no em feixes e atirem-no ao fogo. Depois, arranquem o trigo e o levem para o celeiro’”.
Se voce professa ser um Cristao, estas escrituras serao de grande interesse a voce. Porque Jesus nos diz nessa parabola que o justo (trigo) crescera junto com o injusto (joio,erva-daninha) ate a colheita!
E quando é a colheita: Jesus nos disse em Sua explicacao desta parabola em Mateus 13:39 que a colheita é o fim dos tempos.
Jesus claramente nos diz que nao havera arrebatamento (rapto) secreto da boa semente (os filhos do Reino) e eles terao que crescer e viver juntos com o joio (filhos do maligno) até que esse tempo present acabe!
Contrário a crenca popular, os joios nao estao somente dentro da igreja. Os joios foram na verdade plantados no mesmo campo (o mundo) que os trigos foram. Entao como voce pode separa-los?
Quando voce olha a figura acima do trigo e do joio, eles se parecem muito antes de amadurecerem!
Agora de uma olhada na figura abaixo quando os dois se tornam completamente maduros, a diferenca entre os dois e obvia!
Os joios ou ervas-daninhas sao opacos, venenosos, torcidos, secos e sem vida! Enquanto que o trigo maduro tem a cor de ouro, saudavel, comivel e cheio de vida!
O mesmo pode ser dito dos filhos do Reino, a boa semente, e os filhos do maligno, os joios.
Os filhos do maligno parecerao sem graca, cheios de escuridao e pecado, sem vida, esgotados, doentes, e andando como se fossem zumbis. E os filhos do Reino parecerao saudaveis, fortes, cheios de vida e luz, eles andarao em poder, santidade, fe, amor e a gloria de Deus sera fisicamente visivel sobre eles!
Como Moises quando desceu do Monte Sinai, sua face estava brilhando com a gloria de Deus depois de estar em Sua presenca por quarenta dias e noites. A sua face estava brilhando tanto que seu irmao Arao e todas as pessoas estavam com medo de chegar perto dele, ele pos ate um veu sobre a sua face!
O rosto de Moisés resplandece
29 E aconteceu que, descendo Moisés do monte Sinai (e Moisés trazia as duas tábuas do Testemunho em sua mão, quando desceu do monte), Moisés não sabia que a pele do seu rosto resplandecia, depois que o Senhor falara com ele.30 Olhando, pois, Arão e todos os filhos de Israel para Moisés, eis que a pele do seu rosto resplandecia; pelo que temeram de chegar-se a ele. 31 Então, Moisés os chamou, e Arão e todos os príncipes da congregação tornaram a ele; e Moisés lhes falou. 32 Depois, chegaram também todos os filhos de Israel; e ele lhes ordenou tudo o que o Senhor falara com ele no monte Sinai. 33 Assim, acabou Moisés de falar com eles e tinha posto um véu sobre o seu rosto.
O dia esta se aproximando o qual todos saberao quem sao os filhos do Reino e quem sao os filhos do maligno!
"He put another parable before them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field, but while his men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat and went away. So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared also. And the servants of the master of the house came and said to him, ‘Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have weeds?’ He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ So the servants said to him, ‘Then do you want us to go and gather them?’ But he said, ‘No, lest in gathering the weeds you root up the wheat along with them. Let both grow together until the harvest, and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, Gather the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.’”
If you profess to be a Christian, these scriptures will be of great interest to you. Because Jesus tells us in this parable that the righteous,(wheat) will grow together with the unrighteous,(tares,weeds) until the harvest!
And when is the harvest? Jesus tells us in His explanation of this parable in Matthew 13:39"The harvest is the end of the age,"
Jesus clearly tells us that there will be no secret rapture of the 'good seed',(sons of the kingdom) and they will have to grow and live together with the 'weeds'(sons of the evil one) until this present age ends!
Contrary to popular belief the weeds are not just inside the church. The weeds were actually sown in the same field(the world) as the wheat were. So how can you tell them apart?
When you look at the above picture of the wheat and tares, they look very much alike before they are ripe!
Now take a look at the picture below when they both become fully ripe, you can see an obvious difference between the two!
The weeds or tares look dull, poisonous, twisted, dried out and without life!
While the fully ripened wheat looks golden brown, healthy, edible, and full of life!
The same can be said for the sons of the kingdom, the good seed, and the sons of the evil one, the weeds.
The sons of the devil will look dull, full of darkness and sin, lifeless, burnt out, sick, and walking around like zombies!
While the sons of the kingdom will look healthy, strong, full of life and light, they will walk in power, holiness, faith, love, and the glory of God will be physically seen upon them!
Like Moses when he came down from Mount Sinai, his face was shining with the glory of God after being in His presence for forty days and nights. His face was shining so bright that his brother Aaron and all the people were afraid to come near him, he even put a veil over his face!
"When Moses came down from Mount Sinai, with the two tablets of the testimony in his hand as he came down from the mountain, Moses did not know that the skin of his face shone because he had been talking with God. Aaron and all the people of Israel saw Moses, and behold, the skin of his face shone, and they were afraid to come near him. But Moses called to them, and Aaron and all the leaders of the congregation returned to him, and Moses talked with them. Afterward all the people of Israel came near, and he commanded them all that the Lord had spoken with him in Mount Sinai. And when Moses had finished speaking with them, he put a veil over his face."
The day is coming when all will know who the sons of the kingdom are and who the sons of the devil are!
This morning after fasting and praying all day yesterday the Spirit woke me up sometime in the early morning, I usually get up to go to work at five am and this was before that. I lay there for a few seconds and then I said, "Here I am Lord, your servant and son is listening", then about thirty seconds later I heard, "Hydrogen Bomb" Then I asked the Lord, "is there anything else you want to tell the people Lord?", Then I heard "December 10th at 11:30" I believe this word is connected to the word I received on February 26th, when I heard, "The Bombs Are Coming".
I posted these words I received from the Lord on March 8th, and Sunday morning while my wife and I were praying for more details and understanding about this event. I specifically asked the Lord if this event would happen in New York City and right after I asked Him, the Lord said to my wife, "Red Cross", then she saw a vision of the Statue Of Liberty, and a building exploding from the bottom up.
Today Cynthia was praying for more confirmation from the Lord about this and again she was shown a vision of the Statue Of Liberty.
"In the measure that she glorified herself and lived luxuriously, in the same measure give her torment and sorrow; for she says in her heart, ‘I sit as queen, and am no widow, and will not see sorrow.’ Therefore her plagues will come in one day—death and mourning and famine. And she will be utterly burned with fire, for strong is the Lord God who judges her. “The kings of the earth who committed fornication and lived luxuriously with her will weep and lament for her, when they see the smoke of her burning, standing at a distance for fear of her torment, saying, ‘Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! For in one hour your judgment has come."
****Could the hydrogen bomb and the building exploding from the bottom up be a terrorist attack? Keep watch!****
"Thus says the Lord: “As the new wine is found in the cluster, and they say, ‘Do not destroy it, for there is a blessing in it,’ so I will do for my servants' sake, and not destroy them all. I will bring forth offspring from Jacob, and from Judah possessors of my mountains; my chosen shall possess it, and my servants shall dwell there. Sharon shall become a pasture for flocks, and the Valley of Achor a place for herds to lie down, for my people who have sought me.
But you who forsake the Lord, who forget my holy mountain, who set a table for Fortune and fill cups of mixed wine for Destiny, I will destine you to the sword, and all of you shall bow down to the slaughter, because, when I called, you did not answer; when I spoke, you did not listen, but you did what was evil in my eyes and chose what I did not delight in.”
Therefore thus says the Lord God: “Behold, my servants shall eat, but you shall be hungry; behold, my servants shall drink, but you shall be thirsty; behold, my servants shall rejoice, but you shall be put to shame; behold, my servants shall sing for gladness of heart, but you shall cry out for pain of heart and shall wail for breaking of spirit."
The four horses are riding! Make no mistake about that. Many prophecies are being fulfilled and happening right now as I type these words. Notice Revelation 6:3-4
"When he opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, “Come!” And out came another horse, bright red. Its rider was permitted to take peace from the earth, so that people should slay one another, and he was given a great sword."
People are slaying one another around the world, every time we see another murder on the news we are seeing the fulfillment of the second seal, peace has most definitely been taken from the earth!
"When he opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature say, “Come!” And I looked, and behold, a pale horse! And its rider's name was Death, and Hades followed him. And they were given authority over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword and with famine and with pestilence and by wild beasts of the earth."
What you must understand is the seals are judgments of God being unleashed in the spirit realm, and we can see the physical manifestations of these judgments through all the wars, people killing one another with guns, multitudes dying of hunger in Africa and other nations.
In the 14th century 25 million people were killed in Europe by the bubonic plague, also known as the 'black death'. In recent years we've seen the 'swine flu' that according to WHO, killed an estimated 284,500 people between 2009 and 2010, they called it a pandemic. And how many people have we heard about that were killed by wild animals attacking them? Or circus animals turning on their trainers and killing them?
All of these things are physical manifestations of the spiritual judgments of God!
The fuse has been lit and soon it will make it's way to the explosives! The stage is being set for the race riots to happen, what do you think will happen if the officer who shot and killed an unarmed African American teen goes free?
What do you think will be the end result of air strikes against ISIS or Syria? Retaliation! The judgments of God are happening RIGHT NOW!
I am reminded of the word the Lord spoke to my wife after Osama Bin Laden was killed, "Revenge Will Soon Hit The Ground, What They Least Expect (America) Will Happen To Them"
What does America least expect happening to them? Bombs dropping right here on this land, which has never happened before, and no foreign army has ever invaded and occupied this country, but it's right at the door! Not to mention homegrown Jihadists and enemies of America already inside the country!
And is anybody paying attention to the Ebola virus? Pestilence, is it not? Indeed it is and it's spreading fast, what will be the outcome of this epidemic?
All Signs Of The Times! Wake up people! For The time is at hand!
"Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
The Lord added Yesenia Vazquez to our number this past Sunday, we are blessed, honored, and encouraged by the great love of our God who has entrusted us with this young soul. We pray that the Lord will give us strength, wisdom, and love to feed and care for His precious sheep.
“The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness!"
I never understood until recently, that these few verses of scripture contain one of the keys to living a victorious, overcoming life in Christ Jesus.
I can't tell you the countless times I've read this scripture but didn't understand what it really meant. There's even a cliche about these scriptures that say, 'your eyes are the window to your soul', the cliche has some truth in it, because what you see through your eyes can enter into your heart and mind.
If what you are looking at is evil and ungodly and you indulge yourself in it, then whatever evil it is will enter your body and soul, whether it be an evil spirit or more darkness to feed the evil that's already in you!
Did you know that you can grow in light and grace or more dark and evil over your lifetime?
The scriptures testify of this truth.
2nd Peter 3:18
"but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ."
2nd Timothy 3:12
"But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived."
People who are addicted to watching pornography and T.V. for hours on end don't understand what they are doing to themselves spiritually and physically, (I know I didn't!) But glory to God, because He has opened my eyes to this truth and it has changed my life. I pray that it will change yours also.
"Let all the house of Israel therefore know for certain that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified.” Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself.”
The Lord spoke and said to me: "It Will Be As It Was In The First Century"
"And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved."
This message can also be found in our blog written in English on May 30th, 2010
Escrita por: Tyrone Palmer
Traduzida por: Cynthia Palmer
Nos podemos ser perfeitos nesse mundo? O cliche: "Eu nao sou perfeito", e uma desculpa para continuar vivendo pela nossa carne e a mente carnal? Os Cristaos sao somente pecadores sendo salvos pela graca?
Neste estudo nos veremos o que as Escrituras dizem sobre perfeicao e santificacao em Cristo.
11 Na antiga aliança, os sacerdotes deviam todos os dias executar muitas vezes os mesmos sacrifícios que nunca podiam apagar os pecados. 12 Mas Cristo, tendo oferecido um único sacrifício pelos pecados, válido para sempre, está sentado no lugar de maior honra, à direita de Deus, 13 onde espera que todos os seus inimigos lhe fiquem submetidos sob os seus pés. 14 Por meio daquela única oferta da sua própria vida, Cristo tornou perfeitos ( 5048 completar) para sempre aqueles queestao sendo santificados.
Esta escritura nos diz que o sacrificio de Jesus tornou perfeitos para sempre aqueles que estao sendo santificados. A pergunta entao aqui seria: Nos estamos sendo santificados?
Santificado: 1. fazer santo; consagrado
Sanctify: 1. fazer santo; separado como sagrado; consagrado. 2. purificar ou livrar do pecado: Santificar seus coracoes.
Aqueles que estao em Cristo estao sendo santificados, consagrados, e purificados pela lavagem da agua, pela palavra, pelo sangue de Jesus e o Espirito Santo. Este e um processo continuo (em andamento) mas tem um fim para os que sao escolhidos por Deus, a noiva de Cristo sera sem mancha, sem macula, sem ruga ANTES do retorno de Cristo.
25 Vós, maridos, amai a vossas mulheres, como também Cristo amou a igreja, e a si mesmo se entregou por ela, 26 a fim de a santificar, tendo-a purificado com a lavagem da água, pela palavra, 27 para apresentá-la a si mesmo igreja gloriosa, sem mácula, nem ruga, nem qualquer coisa semelhante, mas santa e irrepreensível.
17 Santifica-os na verdade, a tua palavra é a verdade.
Nesta escritura, nos aprendemos que nos somos santificados pela verdade, e a verdade nos limpa de toda mentira. Nao somente a palavra escrita nos santifica quando recebemos a revelacao das escrituras pelo Espirito Santo, mas a palavra falada de Deus tambem nos santifica.
1 Corintios 6:9-11
9 Não sabeis que os injustos não herdarão o reino de Deus? Não vos enganeis: nem os devassos, nem os idólatras, nem os adúlteros, nem os efeminados, nem os sodomitas, 10 nem os ladrões, nem os avarentos, nem os bêbedos, nem os maldizentes, nem os roubadores herdarão o reino de Deus. 11 E tais fostes alguns de vós; mas fostes lavados, mas fostes santificados, mas fostes justificados em nome do Senhor Jesus Cristo e no Espírito do nosso Deus.
Esta escritura nos fala claramente que se nos continuarmos em pecado nos NAO herdaremos o Reino de Deus! Paulo relembra os santos de Corinto sobre esta verdade e os faz saber que eles foram lavados, santificados e justificados em nome do Senhor Jesus Cristo e no Espirito de Deus.
1 Joao 1:7
7 mas, se andarmos na luz, como ele na luz está, temos comunhão uns com os outros, e o sangue de Jesus seu Filho nos purifica de todo pecado.
13 aguardando a bem-aventurada esperança e o aparecimento da glória do nosso grande Deus e Salvador Cristo Jesus, 14 que se deu a si mesmo por nós para nos remir de toda a iniqüidade, e purificar para si um povo todo seu, zeloso de boas obras.
19 porque aprouve a Deus que nele habitasse toda a plenitude, 20 e que, havendo por ele feito a paz pelo sangue da sua cruz, por meio dele reconciliasse consigo mesmo todas as coisas, tanto as que estão na terra como as que estão nos céus. 21 A vós também, que outrora éreis estranhos, e inimigos no entendimento pelas vossas obras más, 22 agora contudo vos reconciliou no corpo da sua carne, pela morte, a fim de perante ele vos apresentar santos, sem defeito (299 sem mancha, sem falta) e irrepreensíveis (que nao ha nada para repreender ou reprovar), 23 se é que permaneceis na fé, fundados e firmes, não vos deixando apartar da esperança do evangelho que ouvistes, e que foi pregado a toda criatura que há debaixo do céu, e do qual eu, Paulo, fui constituído ministro.
24 Agora me regozijo no meio dos meus sofrimentos por vós, e cumpro na minha carne o que resta das aflições de Cristo, por amor do seu corpo, que é a igreja; 25 da qual eu fui constituído ministro segundo a dispensação de Deus, que me foi concedida para convosco, a fim de cumprir a palavra de Deus, 26 o mistério que esteve oculto dos séculos, e das gerações; mas agora foi manifesto aos seus santos, 27 a quem Deus quis fazer conhecer quais são as riquezas da glória deste mistério entre os gentios, que é Cristo em vós, a esperança da glória; 28 o qual nós anunciamos, admoestando a todo homem, e ensinando a todo homem em toda a sabedoria, para que apresentemos todo homem perfeito (5046 completo, totalmente
crescido, maduro) em Cristo;29 para isso também trabalho, lutando segundo a sua eficácia, que opera em mim poderosamente.
O Senhor nao esta retornando para um povo que comete pecados e sao cheios de iniquidade no homem interior. Mas Ele quer uma noiva pura, casta que esta se preparando para o Noivo, purificada, santificada, lavada, santa, sem mancha, sem reprovacao, sem repreensao e sem ruga aos Seus olhos.
In these last days that we live in, we are witnessing the fulfillment of many biblical prophecies and prophetic words of God and His ministers. One prophetic word given by Paul is clearly coming to pass in this generation.
Paul said this in 2nd Timothy 4:3
"For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths."
How can you reach a person who has turned away from listening to the truth? You can't! Even Jesus couldn't do many works in His hometown because of unbelief, when there is unbelief in the hearts of the hearers there is absolutely nothing anyone can do, including God! Remember God allowed a whole generation of His own people to perish in the desert for unbelief.
So with all the multitudes of people preaching and teaching on 'how to be saved', how can one know the true way to eternal life and entrance into the kingdom of God? Our only true source of Godly direction and answers comes from the scriptures contained in what we call the 'bible'.
Let me start by clarifying what we really should be saying in regards to the salvation of our souls. The scriptures teach us that we are 'converted' to Christ not instantly 'saved' the moment we confess that Jesus is Lord or repeat a so-called 'sinners prayer'. So to say that 'I'm saved', 'I got saved', or 'I've been saved' etc..., is not correct according to the scriptures and therefore a doctrine of man.
The scriptures teach that salvation is an ongoing process once a soul is converted to Christ and enters the kingdom of God. When we read a passage like Romans 10:9 we MUST put the scriptures in context of who is speaking and who is being spoken to!
"because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved." Taken out of context this scripture has been used erroneously for decades to make people think that they are instantly 'saved' when they profess their belief in Jesus. But look carefully at the words of the text 'you WILL BE saved', that's future tense is it not? Indeed it is, and there is no instant salvation taught anywhere in scripture.
Conversion means: to turn, turn around
"At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven."
“And now, brothers, I know that you acted in ignorance, as did also your rulers. But what God foretold by the mouth of all the prophets, that his Christ would suffer, he thus fulfilled. Repent therefore, and turn back, that your sins may be blotted out, that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that he may send the Christ appointed for you, Jesus,"
John the baptist was sent to prepare the way of the Lord and he was also sent to baptize people with water for repentance, John's baptism in water was the start of a transition period from the Old Covenant, into the New Covenant.
“I baptize you with water for repentance, but he who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.
Question: What does it mean to be baptized with the Holy Spirit and Fire?
The answer is found in Acts 1:4-5,6-8, & Acts 2:1-4
"And while staying with them he ordered them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, which, he said, “you heard from me; for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”
"So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
"When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting.And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance."
Question: Can we receive this same baptism with the Holy Spirit and Fire today?
The answer is found in Acts 2:36-39
"Let all the house of Israel therefore know for certain that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified.” Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise (Holy Spirit) is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself.”
The first century Christians experienced a life of power, spiritual gifts, boldness and a love for one another that turned the world upside down! I pray that we will also see days like they did and even greater as this age comes to a close.
"For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die—but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation."
"My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father's hand. I and the Father are one.”
How many of you read this scripture and say to yourself, I hear the voice of Jesus because He speaks to me through the scriptures? Or I've heard the voice of Jesus because He speaks to my heart and I feel a leading of the Spirit?
Before I was truly converted to Christ I used to think that I heard the voice of Jesus through the Scriptures, but after I was baptized with the Holy Spirit I literally HEARD the voice of Jesus speaking to me for the first time in my life. To say it was life changing is an understatement, it was earth shattering!
Jesus meant exactly what He said when He spoke the words, "My sheephearmy voice", and He wasn't talking about the scriptures when He said those words to His listeners over two thousand years ago. Understand that the first recorded gospel of the New Testament, (Mark) was not written until at least FIFTY years AFTER the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ! Before one word was written down it was SPOKEN and experienced first!
It should be absolutely common place and normal for the Lord's sheep to hear His voice speaking to them through His Spirit and in their minds as often as He wills, but instead when those who say they literally HEAR the audible voice of God speaking to them, they are looked at as loons, and insane!
But don't we read in scripture of the apostles and disciples of Jesus seeing and HEARING the risen Lord speak to them? Of course we do! So what's the difference between now and then?
I have heard many say that 'we have the bible now, so God doesn't speak audibly to His people anymore'. But doesn't Hebrews 13:8 say this: Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Jesus said: "MY SHEEP HEAR MY VOICE"
The question is, have you heard the audible voice of Jesus? If not, what does that tell you?
Now behold, one came and said to Him, “Good Teacher, what good thing shall I do that I may have eternal life?” So He said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God. But if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments.” He said to Him, “Which ones?” Jesus said, “‘You shall not murder,’ ‘You shall not commit adultery,’ ‘You shall not steal,’ ‘You shall not bear false witness,’ ‘Honor your father and your mother,’ and, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ ” The young man said to Him, “All these things I have kept from my youth. What do I still lack?” Jesus said to him, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.” But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions."
How many times have you prayed to God and asked Him for answers to your problems? How many times have you cried out to God in despair and desperation, asking Him to heal you, help you, deliver and bless you?
And how often was God's answer to your prayers and questions much different than you thought they would be?
More often than not, when God gives you answers to your problems and prayers, it's NOT the way you thought God would answer! (His ways are not our ways, and His thoughts are not our thoughts)
And more often than not, His answers cut right through your soul and pierce your heart, we all know the cliche, 'the truth hurts!', indeed it does, and the rich young ruler felt the scalpel cut of the Great Physician Jesus!
The young ruler was bold enough to tell Jesus that he had obeyed all the commandments since his youth and was quick to ask Jesus what he still lacked, and Jesus knows ALL of our hearts! He knew what would challenge the heart of the young ruler, that's why Jesus said to him, 'sell ALL you have and GIVE to the poor, and you will have treasure in Heaven; AND come, follow me'.
Jesus answered the young man's question, but it wasn't what he wanted to hear, was it? NOPE!
And that's how it is with most of us in these days of excess, and live your best life now. To be perfect in Christ, to be a true disciple of Jesus, and to follow Him, takes DEATH TO SELF, death to your fleshly desires and carnal thinking. We must be willing to give up ALL to follow Jesus, we must be ready to leave everything behind and not look back if He calls us to do so. And we must be ready to suffer loss, affliction, persecution, and even physical death if that's the will of God.
Are you ready for God's answer to your questions? Are you really ready for the truth that will set you free?
This message can also be found in or blog named as : A Voice Crying In The Desert (John, the Baptist) on 10/13/2013 escrita por: Tyrone D. Palmer Traducao: Cynthia R. Palmer
E este foi o testemunho de João, quando os judeus lhe enviaram de Jerusalém sacerdotes e levitas para que lhe perguntassem: Quem és tu? 20 Ele, pois, confessou e não negou; sim, confessou: Eu não sou o Cristo. 21 Ao que lhe perguntaram: Pois que? És tu Elias? Respondeu ele: Não sou. És tu o profeta? E respondeu: Não 22 Disseram-lhe, pois: Quem és? para podermos dar resposta aos que nos enviaram; que dizes de ti mesmo? 23 Respondeu ele: Eu sou a voz do que clama no deserto: Endireitai o caminho do Senhor, como disse o profeta Isaías. 24 E os que tinham sido enviados eram dos fariseus. 25 Então lhe perguntaram: Por que batizas, pois, se tu não és o Cristo, nem Elias, nem o profeta? 26 Respondeu-lhes João: Eu batizo em água; no meio de vós está um a quem vós não conheceis 27 aquele que vem depois de mim, de quem eu não sou digno de desatar a correia da alparca.
Joao, o Batista era uma voz solitaria clamando no meio da escuridao e da cegueira religiosa. Uma grande Luz estava vindo e Joao foi enviado por Deus para preparar o caminho do Senhor. A mesma coisa esta acontecendo hoje como aconteceu antes; os fariseus e judeus liam a lei e os profetas todo sabado em suas sinagogas e memorizavam as escrituras e achavam que por causa de seu entendimento intelectual delas eles sabiam que era Deus. Mas aqui veio Joao, o Batista, o profeta de Deus que foi morto como os outros profetas que vieram antes dele! Voce ve o que o modo dos homens fazem? Ate os lideres religiosos de hoje!
Eles estavam aguardando outro Elias ou o Messias, os dois vieram e a maioria das pessoas nao perceberam!
10 Perguntaram-lhe os discípulos: Por que dizem então os escribas que é necessário que Elias venha primeiro? 11 Respondeu ele: Na verdade Elias havia de vir e restaurar todas as coisas; 12 digo-vos, porém, que Elias já veio, e não o reconheceram; mas fizeram-lhe tudo o que quiseram. Assim também o Filho do homem há de padecer 13 Então entenderam os discípulos que lhes falava a respeito de João, o Batista.
Mas o anjo lhe disse: Não temais, Zacarias; porque a tua oração foi ouvida, e Isabel, tua mulher, te dará ã luz um filho, e lhe porás o nome de João; 14 e terás alegria e regozijo, e muitos se alegrarão com o seu nascimento; 15 porque ele será grande diante do Senhor; não beberá vinho, nem bebida forte; e será cheio do Espírito Santo já desde o ventre de sua mãe; 16 converterá muitos dos filhos de Israel ao Senhor seu Deus;17 irá adiante dele no espírito e poder de Elias, para converter os corações dos pais aos filhos, e os rebeldes ã prudência dos justos, a fim de preparar para o Senhor um povo apercebido.
Jesus disse que nao havia um homem maior do que Joao o Batista nascido de mulher, mas hoje o menor dos que entram no Reino de Deus sao maiores do que ele era!
O tempo esta sobre nos em que novamente os verdadeiros apostolos e profetas diante da face do Senhor serao enviados para preparar o povo remanescente que Deus escolheu para salvacao. Os verdadeiros ministros de Deus sairao na ultima hora no espirito e poder do Filho do Homem, Jesus! E voce ouvira a mesma mensagem que Joao e Jesus pregaram, ARREPENDAM-SE! Pois o Reino de Deus esta perto!
E tu, menino, serás chamado profeta do Altíssimo, porque irás ante a face do Senhor, a preparar os seus caminhos; 77 para dar ao seu povo conhecimento da salvação, na remissão dos seus pecados, 78 graças a entrenhável misericórdia do nosso Deus, pela qual nos há de visitar a aurora lá do alto, 79 para alumiar aos que jazem nas trevas e na sombra da morte, a fim de dirigir os nossos pés no caminho da paz. 80 Ora, o menino crescia, e se robustecia em espírito; e habitava nos desertos até o dia da sua manifestação a Israel.
Lucas 3:7-9, 15-18
João dizia, pois, 8 Produzi, pois, frutos dignos de arrependimento; e não comeceis a dizer em vós mesmos: Temos por pai a Abrão; porque eu vos digo que até destas pedras Deus pode suscitar filhos a Abrão. 9 Também já está posto o machado a raiz das árvores; toda árvore, pois, que não produz bom fruto, é cortada e lançada no fogo.
15 Ora, estando o povo em expectativa e arrazoando todos em seus corações a respeito de João, se porventura seria ele o Cristo, 16 respondeu João a todos, dizendo: Eu, na verdade, vos batizo em água, mas vem aquele que é mais poderoso do que eu, de quem não sou digno de desatar a correia das alparcas; ele vos batizará no Espírito Santo e em fogo. 17 A sua pá ele tem na mão para limpar bem a sua eira, e recolher o trigo ao seu celeiro; mas queimará a palha em fogo inextinguível. 18 Assim pois, com muitas outras exortações ainda, anunciava o evangelho ao povo.
Voce conhece os caminhos de Deus? Muitos hoje estao aguardando pelos Davis, Elias, Joaos o batista, os fihos de Deus, a noiva de Cristo, mas quando eles vierem, voce estara prepardo para a palavra de Deus que fluira de suas bocas? Eu te digo, eles ja vieram, mas o mundo nao os conhece!
I had a very vivid dream this morning of war in America and aliens descending from the skies. In the dream I was walking down a dark street during the night time, I was with another man, but I don't know who this person was, and it seemed he didn't have a clue about what was coming. As I walked down the street with the man, I started to hear bombs dropping behind me so I turned around and looked, that's when I saw the flashes of light that bombs make when they go off and hit the ground. I yelled out WAR! And I saw two soldiers standing on my right side and I said, "It's starting! War is starting", then the two soldiers ran off in the direction of the war.
Then right after that I turned around and continued to walk up the street when I looked up into the sky, then I saw an alien craft coming out of the clouds, and I yelled out, "do not fear them!". The craft tried to run me over but I stretched out my hands in front of me and by the power of God it stopped right before it ran me down! Then I was attacked by a very strong man-like alien being, and I was wrestling with it for a few seconds when another one even stronger came up behind it and knocked it away from me with the swipe of one hand, then I grappled with this being for a short time and right after that I woke up!
I have already posted a few dreams I had of war coming to America and I've also read a few prophecies and dreams from some other people about war and a coming alien invasion. Is the Lord continuing to warn His people through visions, dreams, and prophecies about what's coming? I believe so! The Lord ALWAYS warns His people before His judgments fall. I said it before and I will say it again, prepare yourself, get in the Ark while there's still time, the flood is coming! And so is Jesus!!!
Then Pilate entered the Praetorium again, called Jesus, and said to Him, “Are You the King of the Jews?” Jesus answered him, “Are you speaking for yourself about this, or did others tell you this concerning Me?” Pilate answered, “Am I a Jew? Your own nation and the chief priests have delivered You to me. What have You done?” Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would fight, so that I should not be delivered to the Jews; but now My kingdom is not from here.” Pilate therefore said to Him, “Are You a king then?” Jesus answered, “You say rightly that I am a king. For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.”
Are you on the battle field of faith fighting for the King? Do you know that everyday there is a spiritual battle being waged in the spirit realm?
If you thought that being a disciple of Jesus was easy and there would be no opposition, just remember the words that Paul told Timothy.
2nd Timothy 3:10-13
"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."
Paul also told Timothy to wage a good warfare, fight the good fight of faith, and endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. Paul understood the daily battle that all true believers fight as they press on for the prize of the high calling.
1st Timothy 1:18
"This charge I commit to you, son Timothy, according to the prophecies previously made concerning you, that by them you may wage the good warfare,"
2nd Timothy 2:1-4
"You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier."
The saints were exhorted by Paul to put on the whole armor, to put on Christ and to understand that the battle we face is not against flesh and blood, we fight against evil spirits and darkness INSIDE the flesh of wicked men and women who oppose the cross of Christ!
Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints—"
Are you ready to stand and fight for the King? He is coming back soon to judge and make war.
"Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself. He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses. Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.
"When He had called the people to Himself, with His disciples also, He said to them, “Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him the Son of Man also will be ashamed when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.”
message can also be found in our blog on February 25th, 2014 named: God hates SIN!
Escrita por: Tyrone D. Palmer
Traduzida por: Cynthia R. Palmer
45 E, desde a hora sexta, houve trevas sobre toda a terra, até a hora nona. 46 Cerca da hora nona, bradou Jesus em alta voz, dizendo: Eli, Eli, lamá sabactani; isto é, Deus meu, Deus meu, por que me desamparaste?
Por que Deus desamparou Seu Filho no momento mais obscuro de sua vida terrestre? E enquanto Ele sofreu uma morte agonizante, vergonhosa e dolorosa na cruz?
A resposta e simples, Deus odeia pecado! E os pecados de todo o mundo foram colocados sobre o corpo de Cristo, que ofereceu-Se como um cordeiro sacrificial para tirar todos os pecados do mundo. Pecado nos separa de Deus e durante o tempo de escuridao enquanto Jesus estava na cruz sofrendo por nossos pecados, o Deus Todo Poderoso desviou Sua face de Seu Filho.
1 Pedro 2:21-25
21 Porque para isso fostes chamados, porquanto também Cristo padeceu por vós, deixando-vos exemplo, para que sigais as suas pisadas. 22 Ele não cometeu pecado, nem na sua boca se achou engano; 23 sendo injuriado, não injuriava, e quando padecia não ameaçava, mas entregava-se 24 levando ele mesmo os nossos pecados em seu corpo sobre o madeiro, para que mortos para os pecados, pudéssemos viver para a justiça; e pelas suas feridas fostes sarados.25 Porque éreis desgarrados, como ovelhas; mas agora tendes voltado ao Pastor e Bispo das vossas almas.
Jesus pagou o preco supremo para que nos pudessemos ser reconciliados para Deus, Ele ate experimentou a dor da morte quando Sua alma desceu ao Hades, separado da presenca de Deus.
22 Varões israelitas, escutai estas palavras: A Jesus, o nazareno, varão aprovado por Deus entre vós com milagres, prodígios e sinais, que Deus por ele fez no meio de vós, como vós mesmos bem sabeis; 23 a este, que foi entregue pelo determinado conselho e presciência de Deus, vós matastes, crucificando-o pelas mãos de iníquos; 24 ao qual Deus ressuscitou, rompendo os grilhões da morte, pois não era possível que fosse retido por ela.
Entenda que precisamos somente de um pecado, um ato de desobediencia para desagradar ao Deus Santo e Justo, somente olhe para Adao e Eva.
16 E a mulher disse: Multiplicarei grandemente a dor da tua conceição; em dor darás a luz filhos; e o teu desejo será para o teu marido, e ele te dominará. 17 E ao homem disse: Porquanto deste ouvidos a voz de tua mulher, e comeste da árvore de que te ordenei dizendo: Não comerás dela; maldita é a terra por tua causa; em fadiga comerás dela todos os dias da tua vida. 18 Ela te produzirá espinhos e abrolhos; e comerás das ervas do campo. 19 Do suor do teu rosto comerás o teu pão, até que tornes a terra, porque dela foste tomado; porquanto és pó, e ao pó tornarás.
Entao a proxima vez que voce quiser gratificar os desejos de sua carne e pecar contra o seu corpo e contra Deus, lembre-se do quanto Jesus sofreu por seus pecados, lembre o preco que Ele pagou para te dar vida enquanto voce merecia morte, e lembre-se o quanto pecado nos separa de Deus.
Eis que a mão do Senhor não está encolhida, para que não possa salvar; nem surdo o seu ouvido, para que não possa ouvir; 2 mas as vossas iniqüidades fazem separação entre vós e o vosso Deus; e os vossos pecados esconderam o seu rosto de vós, de modo que não vos ouça.
"Now from the sixth hour until the ninth hour there was darkness over all the land. And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”
Why did God forsake His Son in the darkest moment of His earthly life? While He suffered an agonizing, shameful, and painful death on the cross?
The simple answer is, God hates sin! And the sins of the whole world were placed upon the body of Christ, who offered Himself as a sacrificial lamb to take away the sins of the world. Sin separates us from God and during the time of darkness while Jesus was on the cross suffering for our sins, God Almighty turned His face away from His Son.
1 Peter 2:21-25
"For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps: “Who committed no sin, Nor was deceit found in His mouth”; who, when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously; who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed. For you were like sheep going astray, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls."
Jesus paid the ultimate price so that we could be reconciled back to God, He even experienced the pain of death as His soul went down to Hades, separated from the presence of God.
“Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a Man attested by God to you by miracles, wonders, and signs which God did through Him in your midst, as you yourselves also know— Him, being delivered by the determined purpose and foreknowledge of God, you have taken by lawless hands, have crucified, and put to death; whom God raised up, having loosed the pains of death, because it was not possible that He should be held by it.
Understand that it takes only one sin, one act of disobedience to displease a Holy and Righteous God, just look at Adam and Eve.
To the woman He said: “I will greatly multiply your sorrow and your conception; In pain you shall bring forth children; Your desire shall be for your husband, And he shall rule over you.” Then to Adam He said, “Because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat of it’: “Cursed is the ground for your sake; In toil you shall eat of it All the days of your life. Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you, And you shall eat the herb of the field. In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread Till you return to the ground, For out of it you were taken; For dust you are, And to dust you shall return.”
So the next time you want to gratify the lusts of your flesh and sin against your body and God, remember how much Jesus suffered for your sins, remember the price He paid to give you life when you deserve death, and remember how much sin separates you from God.
"Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, That it cannot save; Nor His ear heavy, That it cannot hear. But your iniquities have separated you from your God; And your sins have hidden His face from you, So that He will not hear."