Why Prophesy?Written by Joyce C. Lock
A true prophet doesn't delight in competing to reveal scripture. Neither is 'hell fire and brimstone' their first love. But, if you want to know why they're more likely to thunder damnation, consider following verses and you'll understand their fear.
And Lord hath sent unto you all his servants prophets, rising early and sending them; but ye have not hearkened, nor inclined your ear to hear. Jeremiah 25:4 Neither have we obeyed voice of Lord our God, to walk in his laws, which he set before us by his servants prophets. Daniel 9:10
God created man in his own image, in image of God created he him; male and female created he them. Genesis 1:27 Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in image of God made he man. Genesis 9:6 But they mocked messengers of God, and despised his words, and misused his prophets, until wrath of Lord arose against his people, till there was no remedy. 2 Chron. 36:16
Woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck, in those days! for there shall be great distress in land, and wrath upon this people. Luke 21:23 Unto them that are contentious, and do not obey truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath, Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of Jew first, and also of Gentile. Romans 2:8-9 Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh wrath of God upon children of disobedience. Ephes. 5:6 For great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand? Rev. 6:17
Who shall separate us from love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? Romans 8:35
There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. 1 John 4:18
But they also have erred through wine, and through strong drink are out of way; priest and prophet have erred through strong drink, they are swallowed up of wine, they are out of way through strong drink; they err in vision, they stumble in judgment. Isaiah 28:7 Speak not evil one of another, brethren. He that speaketh evil of his brother, and judgeth his brother, speaketh evil of law, and judgeth law: but if thou judge law, thou art not a doer of law, but a judge. James 4:11 Judge not according to appearance, but judge righteous judgment. John 7:24 Examine yourselves, whether ye be in faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates? 2 Cor. 13:5 And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins. 1 Cor. 15:17
Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. Galatians 6:7 That blood of all prophets, which was shed from foundation of world, may be required of this generation; From blood of Abel unto blood of Zacharias, which perished between altar and temple: verily I say unto you, It shall be required of this generation. Luke 11:50-51 Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven. Luke 6:37 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. Matthew 7:2 For which things' sake wrath of God cometh on children of disobedience. Col. 3:6
Born, Again!Written by Joyce C. Lock
Endeavouring to keep unity of Spirit in bond of peace. There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. Ephes. 4:3-6
1.) In beginning, our beginning, everything God makes is good. As infants, we are known for being precious, full of promise; equipped with purest heart of love. As toddlers, our confidence is so steady that we'll run and jump into daddy's arms. And, as preschoolers, we believe everything our parents tell us; with faith unquenchable.
Then begins schooling years, and junk happens. The world isn't filled with love, Santa isn't real, and there are zillions of man made rules. So, maybe, all things are necessary (the good, bad, and ugly) in order to bring us to a place of realizing our need for God.
2.) That perfection is restored with a second birth; at point of Salvation. Our hearts are again filled with love, we want to run and tell world about our loving Father, and everything about Jesus is awesome!
Only, years of religious training begins, and junk happens. The church isn't filled with love, our Father's love is said to be conditional, and there are zillions of doctrines of men. So, all things are for our sakes; in order for us to realize need to seek truth, to replace all lies Satan planted and restore us to perfection of heart that God originally created.
I've heard said that it began at fall, when Satan convinced us God could no longer receive us ... and that purpose of us being here is to discover, all over again, Who God is, Whose we are, and who we are (Three baptisms? Yes.). But also, in this time, what I have discovered is that, moment we believe a lie, we have granted Satan permission to enter. Then, from that point forward, he begins building lie upon lie until our love, confidence, and faith is everywhere but perfection God intended.
3.) If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable. 1 Cor. 15:19 And so, one more time, for our sake, "ye must be born, again," (return to heart, confidence, and faith of a child) to enter into Kingdom of God, Mark 10:15, John 3:3. For it's not in what you know, but who you know, Romans 14:17.
Thus, we personally experience three baptisms in one, three times; of Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Perhaps it can be described as 1.) birth, 2.) new birth, and 3.) rebirth ... not unlike process of becoming a butterfly.
But, as we grow in knowledge, we discover Jesus is same yesterday, today, and forever and God is no respecter of persons. Thus, within Bible are three baptisms; getting to know Father, Son, and Holy Ghost ... which counts to be six baptisms. However, only three of them happen at same time (these three are one baptism). For there are three that bear record in heaven, (1) Father, (2) Word, and (3) Holy Ghost: and these three are one. 1 John 5:7
And there are three that bear witness in earth, (4) spirit, and (5) water, and (6) blood: and these three agree in one. 1 John 5:8 Both are all same baptism; first restoration happening all at once ... second restoration a process.
God was God of Salvation even before Jesus came, Psalm 68:20, and a God of grace (Titus 2:11). But, somewhere along way, people lost their way and it took Jesus before they could believe God could ever receive them again. And, here we are, again; many awaiting Jesus to come rescue us instead of having learned by His example.