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God’s Sabbath In Today’s World

“If you keep your feet from breaking the Sabbath and from doing as you please on my holy day, if you call the Sabbath a delight and the Lord’s holy day honorable,…then you will find your joy in the Lord…” (Isaiah 58:13, 14, NIV).

Is the Sabbath relevant? Is it really practical to keep the Sabbath in today’s world? How should it be observed today?

To answer these questions, let’s consider what the Bible, God’s inspired Word, reveals.

Jesus Christ said that He was “Lord of the Sabbath” and that “the Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath” (Mark 2:27, 28). He did not limit the Sabbath by teaching that it was made for any particular group of people at any specific time in history. Instead, it was made for all mankind for all time. It was enshrined in the Ten Commandments, the heart and core of God’s divine law for mankind.

Right Relationship With God

The Sabbath was made for mankind, but for what purpose?

The book of Isaiah, chapters 58 and 59, describes mankind’s separation from God because of our sins. “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” (Isaiah 59:1, 2). These verses point out the hypocrisy of those who claim to seek God, yet are still filled with sin and evil intentions (Isaiah 58:1-4; 59:4-15).

But God shows that we can be reconciled to Him: “‘The Redeemer will come to Zion, and to those who turn from transgression in Jacob,’ says the Lord” (Isaiah 59:20). Jesus Christ is that prophesied Redeemer, the One who will redeem, or buy back, mankind for God through the sacrifice of His life (John 3:16; 1 Peter 1:18, 19; 1 John 2:2; 4:9, 10).

God also describes how to build a proper relationship with Him. Doing so involves humility and fasting that we might come to understand God and His ways. “Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer; you shall cry, and He will say, ‘Here I am’…Then your light shall dawn in the darkness, and your darkness shall be as the noonday. The Lord will guide you continually, and satisfy your soul in drought, and strengthen your bones; you shall be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail” (Isaiah 58:9-11).

Right Understanding Of The Sabbath

There is another critical element in building that right relationship with God, this section of Scripture says, and that is right understanding and observance of the Sabbath.

“‘If you keep your feet from breaking the Sabbath and from doing as you please on my holy day, if you call the Sabbath a delight and the Lord’s holy day honorable, and if you honor it by not going your own way and not doing as you please or speaking idle words, then you will find your joy in the Lord, and I will cause you to ride on the heights of the land and to feast on the inheritance [physical blessings] of your father Jacob.’ The mouth of the Lord has spoken” (Isaiah 58:13, 14, NIV).

Here we see God’s true intent for the Sabbath: It is part of a proper, loving relationship with Him. It is a matter of honoring God. It is a matter of surrendering one of our most precious possessions, our time, to build a right relationship with our Creator.

Proper observance of the Sabbath, according to God’s instruction here, means turning away from “going your own way,” “doing as you please” and “speaking idle words.” These actions trample His holy time underfoot, says God.

But the Sabbath is not to be a time for doing nothing. It is to be a time for building a relationship with God. It is to be a delight, a time to “find your joy in the Lord,” He tells us.

Rather than spending this time on our own interests and pursuits, it is a time set aside to concentrate on the things that are pleasing to God and nourish our relationship with Him.

Building Proper Relationship

How do we build this right relationship with God? We build it through contact and communication with Him. We talk to God through prayer. He talks to us through His inspired Word, the Bible. These are vital keys to a right relationship with God.

“Continue earnestly in prayer,” we are told (Colossians 4:2). “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you,” Paul instructed

(1 Thessalonians 5:16-18). “The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much,” wrote James (James 5:16).

Jesus Christ expected His followers to pray, telling them, “When you pray…” (Matthew 6:5-7; Mark 11:24; Luke 11:2). He gave them specific instruction about prayer and encouraged them that they “always ought to pray and not lose heart” (Luke 18:1).

God’s Sabbath is an ideal time for additional prayer and contact with God. By refraining from our usual work and other activities on that day, we have additional time to spend with God to build our relationship with Him.

The Sabbath is also an ideal time for God to speak with us. He instructs us through His Word, the Bible. “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work,” Paul told Timothy (2 Timothy 3:16, 17).

Not only does Sabbath observance help us understand God’s ways; it helps us better understand our own thoughts and motivations, showing us where we can change to become more like God. Hebrews 4:12 tells us that “the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”

We should earnestly desire to study God’s Word and learn more about it. “As newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby,” we are told (1 Peter 2:2).

David, a man after God’s own heart (Acts 13:22), understood that God’s Word shows us the right way to live: “How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your word…Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You” (Psalm 119:9, 11).

David used His time to think about God’s ways and how he could live a life more pleasing to God. “I will meditate on Your precepts, and contemplate Your ways…I love Your law! It is my meditation all the day,” he wrote (Psalm 119:15, 97).

Worship Services On The Sabbath

God’s Sabbath is a time for fellowship with others of like mind, a time for mutually encouraging one another. “And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching” (Hebrews 10:24, 25).

Believers are expected to come together to worship (1 Corinthians 11:18; 14:23). As mentioned above, we should not forsake “the assembling of ourselves together.” In the Old Testament, the Sabbath was “a holy convocation,” also translated “a sacred assembly” (Leviticus 23:3, NIV). God commanded His people to gather to worship on that day.

God’s ministers are expected to teach God’s people about His way of life. Paul instructed the younger minister Timothy to “preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage, with great patience, and careful instruction” (2 Timothy 4:2, NIV).

As we read earlier, the regular practice of Jesus Christ and the apostle Paul was to attend a gathering in the synagogue on the Sabbath to teach and fellowship with those who wanted to learn God’s ways. Jesus Christ constantly showed by His actions, by explaining God’s Word and way of life and by performing works of mercy, the proper way to observe the day.

Today God’s Sabbath is the appropriate day to rest from our normal work and employment, a day to set aside time to meet with other believers to worship God, be instructed in His way of life and likewise perform good works that exemplify God’s way of life.

Build Relationship With God

God tells us, “The seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work…” (Exodus 20:10). He made it clear that our ordinary, routine work was unacceptable on that day, and that the Sabbath was to be different. Under the national administration of God’s laws in ancient Israel, the Sabbath was so important to God that He specified that those who violated this command were to be put to death (Exodus 31:14-16; 35:2).

When Israel came out of Egypt, God reinforced this Commandment by providing a double portion of manna on the sixth day and none on the Sabbath every week for 40 years (Exodus 16:26, 35; Joshua 5:12), a total of more than 2,000 miracles! The Sabbath command is clearly important to God, and He expects it to be obeyed. Observing it is vital to maintaining a proper relationship with God.

The Life Application Bible, commenting on Exodus 20:8-11, explains why we as humans need the Sabbath: “The Sabbath was a day set aside for rest and worship. God commanded a Sabbath because human beings need to spend unhurried time in worship and rest each week. A God who is concerned enough to provide a day each week for us to rest is indeed wonderful. To observe a regular time of rest and worship in our fast-paced world demonstrates how important God is to us, and it gives us the extra benefit of refreshing our spirits. Don’t neglect God’s provision.”

Jesus Christ showed by His example the proper way to observe the Sabbath. It was never intended to be a rigid, joyless day constrained by endless restrictions detailing what could and could not be done. He used it as a time to delight in sharing with others the joy of God’s Word and way of life, showing it to be a time for strengthening our relationship with God. He used it as a time for healing, physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. It was a time for encouraging and helping those who were less fortunate.

Jesus Christ made it clear there was nothing wrong with doing good on the Sabbath, pointing out that God’s Sabbath command had never forbidden it. He emphasized what the day is for, rather than listing all the things we can’t do. His actions on the Sabbath pointed to the coming age He referred to as “the Kingdom of God,” in which all humanity will share in God’s promised healing, joy and freedom (Matthew 4:23; 9:35; Luke 4:16-19; 9:11; 10:9).

Christ’s example showed the Sabbath is to be a day of physical rest and spiritual rejuvenation. It is meant to be a welcome, refreshing rest from our weekly labors, a time during which we must no longer be absorbed in our ordinary daily cares and concerns.

Purpose Of God’s Commands

God’s Word tells us that His commandments are never burdensome (1 John 5:3). They are not meaningless or arbitrary. They were given to humanity in love from a God of infinite wisdom and knowledge (Isaiah 55:8, 9). They were given to be a benefit to mankind, bringing blessings when obeyed (Deuteronomy 4:40; 5:29, 33). These commandments include God’s Sabbath. It is a day of rest and refreshing, given to man by the One who designed and created mankind. It is a time for physical, emotional and spiritual renewal.

God knew that we would need this time to nurture and strengthen a right relationship with Him. Part of the Sabbath command reads, “Six days you shall labor and do all your work…” God tells us to take care of our ordinary work and concerns on the other six days, leaving our time and our minds free to properly worship and obey Him by observing the Sabbath. When we are free to focus our minds and thoughts on God’s way and purpose, the Sabbath truly becomes the blessing and delight God intends it to be (Isaiah 58:13, 14).

On this seventh day of each week, we should cease from our own work and allow God to work in us, building and nourishing our relationship with our Creator.


The Church today is suffering from the legalism argument.  Basically, the argument centers around an activity that someone is trying to JUSTIFY. 

give grounds for, give reasons for, give a justification for, show just cause for, explain, give an explanation for, account for, show/prove to be reason-able, provide a rationale for, rationalize;  defend, answer for, vindicate, substantiate, uphold, sustain;  establish, legitimize, legitimatize  

Those synonyms don’t sound like something you need to do if something is Right, Above Board, Legal, Moral, etc.  They sound like something needed for the gray areas, for something that is not quite Kosher, or acceptable.  They sound like trying to argue something into being good.

A rule of thumb that I have lived by, is that if you have to Justify an action, it is probably not ok in God’s eyes.

Back to the list of good versus bad entertainment for a Christian.  My personal rules are going to sound legalistic to some.  But I am (1.) Trying to honor God. (2.) Avoid opening my mind to Evil Spiritual warfare and (3.) Find wholesome things to share with my friends and family.

So I avoid…

  1. Any paranormal
  2. Any monster or scary
  3. Witchcraft
  4. Modern agendas that push Anti-Bible topics such as Homosexuality…
    1. Statistics state that 3% of the American Population are Gay, yet the TV shows indicate it is 40% or more.  They are pushing this “belief”

Sin is of such awful mein,

That to be hated needs but to be seen,

But seen too oft, face to face;

First we endure, then we embrace.

What does mien mean in German?

From French mine (whence also Danish mine and German Miene), appearance, perhaps from Breton min (“face of an animal”), or from Latin minio (“to redden”).

Sin is of such awful appearance…

This little poem reminds me that allowing sin in and around your life will eventually cause it to be accepted as the norm.  Isn’t this exactly what is happening here in America?

We have the LGBT agenda.  Everyday it seems they find another letter to add to the name.  Another perversion of what God intended.  And they power push it on society with anti-discrimination laws that in and of themselves discriminate against the Christian.

So I chose not to watch those shows, and therefore not contribute to their Financial base of viewers that help them sell the Show and the advertisement that accompanies it.  I may not can change it, but I don’t have to participate in it.

Don’t Watch.

  • Monsters/Evil are not from God… They are therefore of the Devil.  Don’t Watch.
  • Ghosts?  Bible says they don’t exist, but are Evil Spirits and Demons pretending.  Don’t Watch.
  • Witches?  An Abomination to God.  Don’t Watch.
  • LGBT?  Don’t Watch.  It makes it look “Normal”  God says it is a perversion.

So what happens if Christians do watch these type of shows?  Well, nothing immediate or substantial.  Therefore many watch.  But it erodes away your relationship with God.  It is subtle and insidious.  Slowly it draws you into its influence.  You don’t notice any change and all seems well.  But eventually you are changed. 

The Bible makes it clear that there is more to the world than meets the eye. There is an unseen spiritual world, undetectable by our natural eyes, but real nevertheless. And a part of this spiritual world is at war to gain control over you.

Spiritual warfare has affected men and women ever since Satan first tempted Eve in the Garden of Eden. The battle still rages today, and the Bible has a lot to say about our future warfare against the forces of darkness.

I guess it all revolves around your belief in God. Do you Believe enough to change your free time? Does God really matter in your life?

Touch not the Lord’s Anointed?

“Not laying a hand on God’s anointed” in David’s context meant not killing Saul. Like not slaying him with a literal sword. To death. We have a term for that today: assassination. “Touch not the Lord’s anointed” didn’t mean not resisting Saul, not disobeying his commands, or not questioning his character. It meant not killing him. How do we know this? Because David had already resisted Saul, led a group of rebels outside of Saul’s authority, aided Saul’s enemies, rebuked Saul, questioned Saul, disobeyed Saul’s insane and harmful commands, and had made an alliance with Saul’s son Jonathan. All this he had done, but what he wouldn’t do was kill Saul and thus usurp his throne.

Psalm 105:15 and 1 Samuel 26:9 are fascinating and instructive. But they certainly cannot be used by church leaders today to support their claims of authoritarian impunity. In addition, 1 John 2:27 says that all believers have an anointing from God. For a pastor or teacher to claim a special anointing which requires everyone else to do whatever they say is counter-biblical and thus untrue.

“Obey your leaders and submit to their authority” – This comes from Hebrews 13:17.  The Greek doesn’t say “obey.” Instead of using the normal word for “obey,” it uses the uncommon word “peitho” which means to persuade. Again, look it up in a Greek lexicon if you don’t believe me. Since “peitho” is in the middle voice, it means to “allow yourself to be persuaded by.” The verse is better translated, “Allow yourselves to be persuaded by those who guide you.”

This fits the New Testament criteria for authority which is based on truth and trustworthiness (good character). The New Testament never enables a person to claim spiritual authority simply because of his or her position. Instead, he or she must have the truth of God and must demonstrate godly character as described in 1 Timothy 3, Titus 1, and 1 Peter 5.


A truth that is important to understand is the issue of liberty vs. legalism. Some people can feel threatened and become emotional, angry or even hostile when their traditions are challenged. Even if you can prove to them from the scriptures it is wrong, many people still resist change. A person will always find a way to justify his or her actions. How can we deal with the strong traditionalists or those who may oppose what we believe?

How to Walk In Liberty Without Being Legalistic:

I have found a good rule to go by in dealing with these types of people and issues, is a principle found in Romans 14:1-5 and 10-13. Vs. 19-22

“Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace to mutual upbuilding (edification). Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of food in this case for the sake of TRADITION. Whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God. Blessed is the man who does not condemn himself by what he approves.”

It is not our place to judge or condemn anyone for what their particular conviction may be (even if they are wrong). if the subject is not an issue of salvation or doctrine. It becomes a matter of conscience and falls under the same category of those Believers in Paul’s day, who ate food sacrificed to idols.

I Corinthians 8:9

“But beware lest somehow this liberty of yours becomes a stumbling block (or cause of offense) to those who are weak”

“Knowledge puffs up but it is love that builds up. Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual up-building…Let us not judge one another anymore but rather resolve this, not to put a stumbling block or a cause to fall in our brothers way.” Romans 14:13

Judgment begins in the House of God!

Repent of being purpose driven instead of “Spirit led.” Repent of using God as a means to a selfish end, repent of “having church” instead of being the church. Jesus said, “My House is called to be a House of Prayer.”

What would be His testimony of His House today? You have made it a den of entertainment? Seeker friendly, cross-void and tolerant, flattering places of self-help with sooth saying mantras absent from the Word of the Lord,” where prayer is “cliché?”

It seems that our best praying today is for a “good service” instead of just seeking His face. We’ve lost confidence in the very thing that God has ordained as the power of God unto salvation─the preaching of the cross! Jesus Christ crucified is rarely mentioned because it’s not attractive to carnal man.

I know that statement probably comes across judgmental. I pray it’s heard for the way its been laid upon my heart, to realize from where we have fallen. Hey, I grew up in church, I can “play the part.” We’ve learned that well in the “Bible belt” but it has allowed for a modern day “golden calf” to be erected. Church in a lot of ways has replaced God. And it’s another thing to repent of…We need to get back to the heart of God. 

 “You shall love the Lord Your God with all your heart, soul and strength and love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:37-38).

What does that look like in our daily walk? How do you fall in love with someone you hardly know and how you do know someone without spending time with them?

I’ve heard it said that love is spelled: T. I. M. E. and TIME is an altar that needs to be rebuilt in our homes, in our prayer closets and in our church gatherings! 

Faith vs patriotism

I fear greatly for those who have married their faith with their patriotism in this hour. I fear that just because God isn’t performing miracles on behalf of the patriotic cry that many will “turn and follow Him no more” because they were taught that this is “our best life now.” And that if they prayed based on 2 Chronicles 7:14, that their best life was still available in the here and now they are going to be greatly disappointed to find out that no matter how hard they pray God has already spoken that in the last days perilous times will come! We can’t pray that away.

We have to awaken to the sobering truth that earth is the Titanic and Jesus Christ is the only Ark of salvation. 

God’s Word says that He isn’t willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance, but despite God’s desire, many more will perish than will be saved! As Jesus has taught us…

“Broad is the gate that leads to destruction and many go that way” and “narrow is the way that leads to eternal life and few go that way.”

In just doing that math, we can understand why more and more we are going to be feeling surrounded on every side, almost feel like we are losing. And if it’s longing for this place to get better, to go back to what it once was…we are losing! But that is good news!

This is NOT our home, we are just pilgrims here. If our praying starts to line-up with the Spirit of God it will begin to be more and more: “The Spirit and Bride in agreement crying Come Lord Jesus, Come.”

doing good for God?

Nothing you do is of your own goodness or strength.  Christians are often guilty of  feeling like they are doing good for God.  They are righteous and it is their own accomplishments for God.  Humility is acknowledging that God or the Holy Spirit enables you to do everything. 

It is tough to stay focused on God with all that life throws at you.  Work, family, relaxation in those few moments, even our daily Bible study,  all demand our attention.  We get so busy that we forget to “take God with us.”  One of the worst co-workers I ever had was a self righteous person who dutifully did a Bible study every day, but somehow forgot to bring those self learned lessons to work.  It was like a Jeckle and Hyde. 

We often have little idea how much God does to protect us from the attacks of our unseen enemies. We sometimes feel that we are overwhelmed in a present spiritual struggle, but we may not know what it would be like if the LORD pulled back His protection.

Bible Evidence for the Sabbath

The Sabbath is not about a worship day, since we worship daily. It’s about Honoring Our Father for His creation, by not working on the 7th day He rested. (Isaiah 58:13) Not works unto Salvation, but to show Him our Love. “The Love of The Father is to keep His Commandments, & they aren’t grievous.” (1 John 5:2,3) “The Saints keep the Commandments of The Father & the faith of Jesus.”(Revelation. 14:12)

We can have a church service every day of the week but that does NOT negate or do away with the Sabbath of the LORD; mankind does NOT have the authority to change any of the Commandments / Laws of the LORD; in fact, the LORD HIMSELF, said that HE does NOT change; HE Says what HE Means, HE Means what HE Says and HE does NOT change

In the fourth century A.D the Christian church took a left turn. King Constantine changed the seventh day Sabbath, to the first day of the week on Sunday. This was done with the auspices of the Roman church. The pagans, that they were converting, had worshiped the sun god on that day which is known as Sunday.

Some of the church doctrine of today say because the Apostle Paul preached on a Sunday when they came together to break bread and that’s one reason why they keep Sunday. (Acts 20:7) Others say, Christ rose on Easter Sunday morning, but no one saw Him rise. That just happens to be the most pagan day of the year when they worshiped the Easter sun goddess with their sun rise service.

Many believe He rose in the evening before sunset on the Sabbath. When all the Jews and Christians were at home keeping the Sabbath. That Day is Sanctified, made Holy and the foundation of Christianity. In fact The Apostle Paul preached in Acts over eighty times on the 7th day Sabbath.

(Luke 23:56) “The women rested on the Sabbath according to the Commandment.” After Christ’s resurrection.

(Mark 16:1) “When the Sabbath was past, the women brought spices to the tomb.”

(Acts 13:14,15) “Paul went into a synagogue on the Sabbath. The Law and the Prophets were read.”

(Acts 13:27) “The Prophets were read every Sabbath.”

(Acts 14:42) “The Gentiles begged the Apostles to preach to them on the next Sabbath.

(Acts 13:44) “Almost the whole city came to hear the word of Yahweh on the Sabbath.”

(Acts 16:13) “The Apostles went out of the city on the Sabbath and preached to the women.”

(Acts 17:2) “Paul went into a synagogue and preached for three Sabbaths to the Thessalonians.”

(Acts 18:4) “Paul preached in Corinth’s synagogue every Sabbath to the Jews and Gentiles.”

(Acts 18:11) “Paul continued there for a year and a half, teaching the word of Yahweh.” (78 Sabbaths)

(Mark 2:27) Yeshua said, “The Sabbath was made for humankind, not humankind for the Sabbath.

(Matthew 12:8) Yeshua said.” He is the Master of the Sabbath.”
(Hebrews 14:8) “Yeshua is the same yesterday, and today, and forever.”

(Acts 1:12) The Apostles returned to Jerusalem from a Sabbaths day journey.

(Isaiah 58:13,14) Yahweh said, “If you turn away your foot from the Sabbath. From doing your own pleasures on my Holy Day, and call the Sabbath a delight. The Holy Day of Yahweh Honorable, and shall honor Him, by not doing your own ways. Nor finding your own pleasure, nor speaking your own words. Then you shall delight yourself in Yahweh.

(Romans 10:12) “There no difference between Jews and Gentiles. The same Master over all is rich unto all that call upon Him

(Hebrews 4:9,10,11) “Therefore there remains a rest for people of Yahweh. For he that has entered His rest has himself ceased from his works as Yahweh did from His. Therefore be diligent to enter that rest, lest anyone fall after the example of disobedience.” (As Israel did)

The Apostle Paul said, “Be followers of me, as I also am followers of Christ.” (1 Corinthians 11:1)

What Is Your Treasure?

What was it that Jesus said in Matthew 6:21 and Luke 12:34?

“For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”

This is a question for you: What is your treasure? Or, what is really important to you? Some may already know the answer to this question straight away, whereas others may need time to consider it carefully as to what it actually means to them. And there will also be others who will ignore it for as long as they can, mainly because they don’t consider this relevant or important enough to think about.

This is a question that all of us have to give serious thought to and answer truthfully .Why? Because our eternal futures depends on the correct answer being given, and seriously, there is only one right answer to this question—if we want what Jesus has offered to us.

This is not like a game show host asking you a difficult question and then you win a prize like a brand new dishwasher or freezer. This is not something that you can pass off flippantly with a shrug of the shoulders or with verbal responses such as: Whatever; not important; or I’ve got other things to do at the moment; or maybe later.

You should not pass this off at all, because nobody knows what might occur in life. All sorts of terrible things are happening to people that are so sudden and final. There may be no tomorrow for some, so yes, it is a very important question for all of us to give serious thought to it while we still can).

As human beings we are the only species on the planet to be set apart exclusively from the rest of creation, to be given this rather unique and special ability of free will; to be able to perceive and make decisions on our own utilizing some wonderful heavenly attributes that God has made available to us all such as: Wisdom, patience, mercy, understanding, compassion, forgiveness and love, just to name a few.

We are able to consider all sorts of matters that come before us both small and great, and then make judgments on those matters, just as our wonderful Father in Heaven originally had the ability to make judgments that come before him as well.

Even Satan, the serpent in the Garden of Eden when talking with Eve, did say in Genesis 3:5:

“For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.”

He was manipulating Eve into giving serious consideration that she and Adam could be like the Almighty, to be as gods, knowing good and evil. Eve was enticed by this, not realizing that this was indeed a very powerful choice that she was making. And Adam would also make that choice soon after with far reaching ramifications that would anger the Almighty greatly. And as we all know now, had terrible consequences for all of creation from that point on.

The way that Satan put this before Eve was very crafty, he virtually waved it in front of her, enticing her with the “prize.” He put it within her reach, to take it with a simple choice. This is exactly what Satan has always sought after and worked toward from the beginning. To sow as much discord and chaos amongst the creation that he could possibly do with free choice, to deceive and entice as many as he could get his hands on, so they would die in their sins as well, again by their own free choice.

It is fair to say that for most of us, our own common sense levels in life are supposed to get better with age as we grow older, and we learn from our mistakes by remembering our own personal experiences. A young teenager for example, might have little or no wisdom dealing with certain issues, compared with an older more experienced person who has already dealt with those same issues in the past.

If for example, somebody chooses to participate in an extreme sport like Windsuit Flying, essentially, what they do is put on a birdman type outfit with a parachute and jump off high structures like tall skyscrapers or towering mountainous formations. They swoop downward at well over 100 MPH, and fly really close to these lofty structures on the way down to the ground. 

All it takes is an error in judgment or a sudden gust of wind that can’t be seen, and the participant can be dead in seconds (or at the very least seriously injured), and sometimes with life changing consequences that will ultimately affect his or her family as well. Sadly, these risk takers forget about how it will affect them too when serious injuries or death occur.

They know, or should know that potentially they can and will sustain deadly injuries if they make a wrong move, but often they have already made up their minds that the risks are worth it. This is because they are always looking for that adrenalin rush by doing dangerous activities like extreme sports. 

They have already used their free will in weighing up the risks relatively quickly, and then justify their decision by saying, “A super experience awaits me man, I’m just going to do it.” Remember this, our free will is a very powerful thing. We can potentially live or die on what choices we make.

Jesus said in Matthew 4:4:

“But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.”

And also in Matthew 6:33:

“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”

These two verses are the key to this very important question at the top of this article. It is precisely because we are flawed and imperfect by our sinful natures, that we really do need the guidance and patience of Jesus when we make our choices in life, because everything in and of this world was delivered cleanly into the hands of Satan with the fall of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.

For everyone here who does not have “the kingdom of heaven and his righteousness,” that is Jesus, as his or her personal treasure, Satan already has the upper hand. He can and will tempt anyone into doing whatever he so desires, ensnaring and trapping them easily, with the pleasures and distractions of this world when they least expect it. We must have a Lord-focused viewpoint in our hearts, no question about it.

The stark reality for all of us is this: The further that we are removed and the longer we spend away from the presence and source of where these wonderful attributes come from (that is wisdom, patience, mercy, understanding, compassion, forgiveness and love), that originates from our Heavenly Father, the more we will spin off aimlessly into oblivion—lost and without hope.

We truly cannot stay away for long from that which is perfect without terrible consequences. We all need to spend every single moment close to our Creator through his son, because he genuinely cares for us and wants to hold us close, as a loving father does to his beloved children.

If that doesn’t bring tears of gratitude to your eyes, then nothing will.

[Jesus said,] “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”

These are powerful and comforting words that say to all of us who have gone through our own personal suffering, that Jesus has already overcome the world on His own, through his own blood, sweat and tears. Jesus Himself went through the greatest temptation that a human being could ever endure successfully, and was crucified and raised from the dead for our benefit, so we could walk with him, in the presence of God without blemish.

He has personally defeated Satan’s plan. This means that he can and will help us through anything or anyone that Satan can throw at us, if we ask Him. We must learn to depend on Jesus for everything we need; in good and bad times—so we can be victorious against the powers of darkness.

Remember, when you are down and vulnerable, Jesus will help you up onto your feet with love and a smile in his heart. Whereas the world will kick you in the head while you are down and spit on you with all the venom of a poisonous snake.

Yes, the consequences are indeed too terrible to consider otherwise.

There are so many different things of this world that can potentially capture and enslave us and suddenly throw us off guard unexpectedly at some point in our lives. We must learn a valuable lesson from the One who has walked every hard step on this earth (with a burning desire to fulfil his Father’s will). His attributes such as compassion, mercy and forgiveness are available for everyone who sincerely asks for them. Jesus has personally experienced the pain of a world groaning under the terrible weight of sin.

This message is for those who know that they have a problem with something in their lives or someone that they have been caught-up with that takes their focus off of Jesus.  The Activity may not be “bad” but it removes our eyes off of spiritual living.  Gaming, Facebook, job, lake, hunting, …

This message is also for those who know that they have a serious problem with something evil in their lives or someone that they have been caught-up with; perhaps it is an obsession that they crave for every day, or an activity that has brought out the worst in them. Something that they have been able to keep hidden for many years from their family or loved ones.

It may be a destructive way of life that some are heavily involved in and so obsessed with, that it is the last thing they think of when they go to sleep, and the very first thing they think of when they awake form sleep. Something that they are very much ashamed of but don’t know how to stop.

The bottom line is this: If you are really serious about getting out from under whatever it is that has you trapped, all you have to do is put Jesus first at the top of your life. You can make Jesus your treasure right now, it is as simple as that. You only have to want to do this and Jesus will take up the fight for you, so you can and will be victorious through your darkest hours.

You will be victorious if you genuinely move the crosshairs of your heart from whatever it is that has you in its grip, and lock it firmly onto the crucified and risen One, and His hard fought victory will be all yours by His grace.

Who Were the Nicolaitans, And What Was Their Doctrine and Deeds?

But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. — Revelation 2:6

Have you ever wondered who the “Nicolaitans” were, mentioned in the book of Revelation? Whoever they were, Jesus loathed their doctrine and hated their deeds. Let’s delve into this subject today to see if we can ascertain the identity of this group. What was their damnable doctrine? What deeds were they committing that elicited such a strong reaction from Jesus?

Let’s begin in Revelation 2:6, where Jesus told the church of Ephesus, “But this thou hast [in your favor], that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.”

Jesus was proud of the church of Ephesus for their “hatred” of the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which He also “hated.” The word “hate” is a strong word, so let’s see exactly what it means. It comes from the Greek word miseo, which means to hate, to abhor, or to find utterly repulsive. It describes a person who has a deep-seated animosity, who is antagonistic to something he finds to be completely objectionable. He not only loathes that object, but rejects it entirely. This is not just a case of dislike; it is a case of actual hatred.

The thing Jesus hated about them was their “deeds.” The word “deeds” is the Greek word erga, which means works. However, this word is so all-encompassing that it pictures all the deeds and behavior of the Nicolaitans — including their actions, beliefs, conduct, and everything else connected to them.

The name “Nicolaitans” is derived from the Greek word nikolaos, a compound of the words nikos and laos. The word nikos is the Greek word that means to conquer or to subdue. The word laos is the Greek word for the people. It is also where we get the word laity. When these two words are compounded into one, they form the name Nicolas, which literally means one who conquers and subdues the people[ . It seems to suggest that the Nicolaitans were somehow conquering and subduing the people.

During this time, the Church was changing from house assemblies, to the “State Church” of Constantine.  Some believe the sin of the Nicholatians was the institution of Clergy and the Formal Ordination and licensing of the Preacher, thus setting them up as a better class, or more “Holy” than the ordinary people.

Clergy vs laity.  Nicholatia instituted the Clergy mentality and ruled over the laity…Clergy had to be “qualified, and set apart (ordination).  Thus they were one step better than the lay people.

According to the writings of the Early Church leaders, Nicolas also taught a doctrine of compromise, implying that total separation between Christianity and the practice of occult paganism was not essential. From Early Church records, it seems apparent that this Nicolas of Antioch was so immersed in occultism, Judaism, and Christianity that he had a stomach for all of it. He had no problem intermingling these belief systems in various concoctions and saw no reason why believers couldn’t continue to fellowship with those still immersed in the black magic of the Roman empire and its countless mystery cults.

With the concept of Ordained leaders it was much easier to lead the Sheep astray.  Lay people could not (or should not) question their authority… At least in the world of ordination and it’s implied meaning…  In ordination, the minister is set apart from the congregation in a “special priesthood” to preach, teach, lead in worship, administer the sacraments of the Holy Communion and water baptism, and shepherd the flock. In the same way that a person does not let a plumber do his income tax returns, the church must not ask a person without training and authority to perform the tasks that a minister is specially trained and gifted to do.”

What does Scripture say about church government? Disagreements over this issue once split denominations—but few 21st-century Christians have a solid understanding of the principles that determine their own church leadership. There are four main approaches: Episcopalianism, Presbyterianism, Single-Elder Congregationalism, and Plural-Elder Congregationalism.  (These will be discussed in a later article)

What does the Bible say about ordination?”

The modern definition of ordination is “the investiture of clergy” or “the act of granting pastoral authority or sacerdotal power.” Usually, we think of an ordination service as a ceremony in which someone is commissioned or appointed to a position within the church. Often, the ceremony involves the laying on of hands.

However, the biblical definition is a little different. The word ordain in the Bible refers to a setting in place or designation; for example, Joseph was “ordained” as a ruler in Egypt (Acts 7:10); the steward in Jesus’ parable was “ordained” to oversee a household (Matthew 24:45); deacons were “ordained” to serve the Jerusalem church (Acts 6:1-6); and pastors were “ordained” in each city in Crete (Titus 1:5). In none of these cases is the mode of ordination specified, nor is any ceremony detailed; the “ordinations” are simply appointments. The word can even be used negatively, as an appointment to punishment (Luke 12:46).

Acts 13 includes a good example of a ministerial appointment: “While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, ‘Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.’ So after they had fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them and sent them off. The two of them, sent on their way by the Holy Spirit, went down to Seleucia” (vv. 2-4). In this passage, we note some key facts: 1) It is God Himself who calls the men to the ministry and qualifies them with gifts (Acts 20:28Ephesians 4:11). 2) The members of the church recognize God’s clear leading and embrace it. 3) With prayer and fasting, the church lays hands on Paul and Barnabas to demonstrate their commissioning (cf. Acts 6:61 Timothy 5:22). 4) God works through the church, as both the church and the Spirit are said to “send” the missionaries.

Paul regularly ordained pastors for the churches he planted. He and Barnabas directed the appointment or ordination of elders “in each church” in Galatia (Acts 14:23). He instructed Titus to “appoint elders in every town” on Crete (Titus 1:5). Titus himself had been ordained earlier, when “he was chosen by the churches” (2 Corinthians 8:19). In the above passages, the ordination of elders involves the whole congregation, not just the apostles. The Greek word used in 2 Corinthians 8:19 for Titus’s appointment and in Acts 14:23 for the choosing of the Galatian elders literally means “to stretch forth the hands.” It was a word normally used for the act of voting in the Athenian legislature. Thus, the ordination of church leaders involved a general consensus in the church, if not an official vote. The apostles and the congregations knew whom the Spirit had chosen, and they responded by placing those men in leadership. 

When God calls and qualifies a man for the ministry, it will be apparent both to that man and to the rest of the church. The would-be minister will meet the qualifications set forth in 1 Timothy 3:1-16 and Titus 1:5-9, and he will possess a consuming desire to preach (1 Corinthians 9:16). It is the duty of the church elders, together with the congregation, to recognize and accept the calling. After that, a formal commissioning ceremony—an ordination service—is appropriate, though by no means mandatory. The ordination ceremony itself does not confer any special power; it simply gives public recognition to God’s choice of leadership.

So, in conclusion, while Ordination in the Biblical sense is not a bad thing, the Church and the Authority usurped Leadership perverted the Ordination into meaning a Ruling Class above, and That I believe is the real Sin of the Nicholatians.  The sin of the Nicholatians was the institution of Clergy and the Formal Ordination and licensing of the Preacher, thus setting them up as a better class, or more “Holy” than the ordinary people.  This set the Church up for error in Doctrine at the whims of the Ordained as they so desired.