In my distress, I called to the LORD; I cried to my God for help. From his temple, he heard my voice; my cry came before him, into his ears. Psalm 18:6
Good Morning, Thank you, God, for the new mercies of a new day. Amen.
Yesterday, I had the opportunity to witness on social media. Understanding that I am simply a messenger, before I responded to the comment, I prayed and asked for the Holy Spirit’s Divine intervention. But before sharing the story, I would like to provide just a snippet of my background. Although I pursued Nursing and Business Management pathways, for a reason unknown to me at the time, I chose Eastern and Western religions as elective courses. God revealed the answer to His guidance in choosing my electives a decade later.
The author of the post asked this question, “How often do you think about heaven?” to which most of the responses affirmed that thoughts of heaven were always on their minds, except one individual. She stated, “Heaven is not a place, it is a state of mind, and starvation, homelessness, and other conditions are hell on earth.” Usually it is a natural response to use the Holy Bible as the authority and basis for our beliefs. However, the individual stated her views according to the “Bible” used in their denomination. (Disclaimer: I do not judge the religious beliefs of others.)
So what do you think happened next? The intent to persuade others, mostly on the part of the person who believes that “Heaven is not a place…” actually made several follow-up posts with the concepts that she believed in. But I was surprised when the comments included racist remarks. The words were too harsh and projected an angry tone. I decided to keep scrolling, but then the Holy Spirit told me to write. I felt like Moses when he asked God, “Who shall I say sent me?” I sat and reread the comments but did not move my fingers. I said, “God, do you want me to get involved in this online debate?” Not only was this a religion that I was very familiar with, but I also did not wish to be part of a biblical debate, which involved “two different Bibles from two separate religious systems.”
Again, I heard, “Write!” So, I prayed for the guidance of the Holy Spirit and began to type. The answer given to me was as follows:
(Name intentionally deleted) What if you are wrong? Then what? You see, the thing that I have learned about humanity is that when one rejects the truth, according to God, is that they never really think about the consequences. We were created with free will that always gives us a choice. But our spiritual choices determine whether we will receive eternal life or destruction. I have studied many religions and denominations. But I decided to accept the Plan of Salvation because it guarantees eternal life in a perfect New Heaven and New Earth, and I am willing to stake my life on it, that I am not wrong with my decision.
It is not our role to convince others of the truth. Even so, there are times that God directs us to be His mouthpiece. But He does it in a manner where He always receives the glory.
We must understand that Satan has the upper hand when we participate in religious debates. If the response of non-acceptance is verbalized or the tone of the conversation becomes hostile, retreat immediately. When we share the truth, and it is not accepted, how does God expect us to respond? Whoever does not receive you or does not listen to what you say, as you leave that house or city, shake off the dust from your feet. Matthew 10:14.
We live in a time where we are bombarded with misinformation. Reflect on your current beliefs. Are they biblically based? Since there are numerous bibles and various doctrinal beliefs, you may ask which Bible are you referring to? And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come. Matthew 24:14.
1. The Holy Bible that contains both the Old and New Testaments and is written under the inspiration of God.
2. The Holy Bible that validates all 10 commandments, including the Seventh-day Sabbath.
3. The Holy Bible that identifies The Trinity as God the Father, Jesus, His Son, and the Holy Spirit, which are 3-in- 1.
4. The Holy Bible that reflects Jesus Christ is the Son of God that He was crucified and died for the redemption of our sins, that He arose, and is currently in heaven fulfilling the role as our Heavenly Intercessor.
5. The Holy Bible that explains the Plan of Salvation is only available through Jesus and reiterates that confessions, repentance, and forgiveness of our sins are only granted through God.
6. The Bible that documents baptism by immersion (if physically possible), the Communion service, and foot washing–the Ordinance of Humility are part of our worship to God.
7. The Bible that promises the anointing of the Holy Spirit when we ask in prayer.
8. The Bible that refutes human beings receive immortality immediately following death and are presently in heaven looking down on us.
For the Lord, himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first. 17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 KJV. The Bible does not support the concept of disembodied spirits, which is a pagan practice. The scriptures provide proof of only three men who did not see physical death and were translated: Enoch, Elijah, and Moses who are the only human beings currently in heaven.
9. The Bible proclaims, Yes, the Second Coming of Jesus is the most significant event for humanity where the faithful will receive their reward of immortality and life in the presence of God in the New Heaven and the New Earth.
This list is not all-inclusive of the fundamental beliefs that God has provided for us through His Holy Word, the Bible. However, it is what I have been directed to identify as truths that Satan has interjected false teachings into like he did with Eve in the Garden of Eden. Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die.” Genesis 3:4
Therefore, come out from among unbelievers, and separate yourselves from them, says the LORD. Don’t touch their filthy things, and I will welcome you. 2 Corinthians 6:17 NLT.
When God tells us to turn away from all immoral, sinful things and activities, He has a valid reason. Our five senses gather information, and once we are exposed, our brain processes the information and stores it as memory. Yes, you can try to disregard what you saw, read, heard, ate, or touched, but it is too late. We cannot take back our actions. Strive to make wise and godly choices because we cannot erase our experiences.
Please reflect on your current belief system. It is easy to follow traditions, doctrines, cultural guidelines, and accept trendy information such as the prosperity message. God has never promised that we would be wealthy. Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.” Matthew 8:20. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. Galatians 3:2.
If there is a fundamental belief that you are confused about, or you cannot accept it because it does not appear to be rational. Pray for revelation. Even so, we must accept that there are mysteries in the Bible that God will explain to us when we received immortality and life in the New Heaven and New Earth.
The Apostle Paul explains: Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely. 1 Corinthians 13:12.
Please do not let anything become a stumbling-block that causes you to lose out on Eternal life. Pray and fast for the Holy Spirit to reveal the truth about any belief that has you bound. The same Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost who enabled those present to speak other tongues (languages) to witness to the multitude gathered outside is the Holy Spirit that will guide you to discard the beliefs that are not from God. (Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together and were confounded because every man heard them speak in his own language. Acts 2:6 KJV)
God, we pray for Divine intervention and blessings upon your people who are striving to serve you. We are in the valley of decision and turmoil because we have heard many different and conflicting doctrines. Therefore, we humbly call on you Father God to anoint us with your Holy Spirit. We ask for you to reveal all truth whereby we must be saved. Thank you for hearing and answering our prayer in the Name of your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.
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