Galatians 6:1-2 NLT “Dear brothers and sisters, if another believer is overcome by some sin, you who are godly should gently and humbly help that person back onto the right path. And be careful not to fall into the same temptation yourself.  Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ.”
Jude 1:22-23 NLT “And you must show mercy to those whose faith is wavering.  Rescue others by snatching them from the flames of judgment. Show mercy to still others, but do so with great caution, hating the sins that contaminate their lives.”
Helping others in the faith is work. A good work. Some folks seem like naturals at it. For others it seems like a harder task. Let me say this: it’s hard for the one who seems natural at it too because we all are affected by our fallen flesh. There is nothing natural about giving timely spiritual encouragement. Prophesying is a gift of the Holy Spirit:
1 Corinthians 14:3 NIV “But the one who prophesies speaks to people for their strengthening, encouraging and comfort.”
Romans 12:6 NIV “We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith.”
Strengthening, encouraging, and comforting people is a work of God. Like anything that comes from God it is opposite of our sinful nature. Hence there will be struggles to operate only in the Spirit verses speaking from human emotions when exercising the gift of prophecy. This is why I said even those who seem to be naturals at upbuilding others have it tough too. If not careful they may start relying on themselves and their perceived natural abilities, forgetting where the gift of prophecy comes from. This is a divine work and spiritual gift that comes from Almighty God.
Galatians 6:1 KJV “Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.”
I love the way the King James Bible says to, ‘Consider thyself,’ when reproving someone else. It means to take a look at one’s own faults and weaknesses when counseling others. This will keep us from being too harsh. And it also reminds us that we can fall into the same sins and temptations if we’re not careful. Hence our message should have a gentle, meek tone to it when encouraging a brother or sister who has taken a false step. This makes counsel much easier to digest.
BE QUICK TO COMMEND
Just as we are used by God to tell someone they’re going down a wrong path be used by Him to tell them when they’re doing what is commendable:
1 Peter 2:19-21 NIV “For it is COMMENDABLE if someone bears up under the pain of unjust suffering because they are conscious of God.  But how is it to your credit if you receive a beating for doing wrong and endure it? But if you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is COMMENDABLE before God.  To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.”
By sincerely commending one another we encourage each other. Think about it, would you like being around someone who only points out your faults? Don’t we all like sincere compliments now and then? Then, ‘Do to others as you want them to do to you,’ Jesus says. Get in the habit of giving sincere commendation. Let your brothers and sisters know the good you see in them. It is proper to express praise and approval for one another:
Proverbs 27:2 NLT “Let someone else praise you, not your own mouth-a stranger, not your own lips.”
Proverbs 31:30-31 NLT “Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the LORD will be greatly praised.  Reward her for all she has done. Let her deeds publicly declare her praise.”
Ecclesiastes 1:9 KJV “The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.”
Man’s inventions has him feeling pretty smart these days. In fact the name SMART is included in many of them. Smartphones, smart cities, smart houses, just to name a few. I even hear there’s smart water now. Does drinking it make you smarter?
Humans believe they are more advanced now than ever. But is that really true? Could they be dumber now than any time in human history?
Proverbs 16:18 NIV “Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.”
First comes pride then comes destruction. First comes a haughty spirit then comes the fall. This is why mankind is falling:
Revelation 12:9 NIV “The great dragon was hurled down—that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him.”
1 John 5:19 NIV “We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one.”
Mankind is under the control (a spell) of Satan the Devil and his demon cohorts. They hate all humans and are literally destroying them. They have tricked people into thinking they are progressing to a great new future, an age of utopia, when in reality they are leading them straight to hell. There is one particular group that really gets Satan’s attention: Christians.
Revelation 12:17 NLT “And the dragon was angry at the woman and declared war against the rest of her children-all who keep God’s commandments and maintain their testimony for Jesus.”
The people who keep God’s commandments and hold to the true testimony of Jesus Christ are public enemy number one. They will be hunted, hounded, and pursued until Christ returns. This is written. But through it all they will still be empowered to get God’s work done while here on earth. Satan can’t stop this. But it doesn’t mean he won’t try. He knows how his story (history) ends. And that his time is very short. Hence he’s pulling out all the stops:
Revelation 12:12 KJV “Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.”
The god of this world knows time is ticking. He’s solicited the support of human sympathizers to do his bidding, even tricking them into believing they can achieve eternal life through him apart from God. He told Eve this same tricky lie in the Garden of Eden. Through science, false spirituality (metaphysics), and technology, mankind believes they have found the keys to immortality and eternal bliss. Some of them are even going so far as to attempt to change times and events (time travel) in order to achieve their goals. I know this sounds like the stuff of Hollywood movies, right? Which is why it’s so easily dismissive whenever someone begins to talk about such things. “Ahh, you’ve been watching too many Hollywood movies,” is what we’ve been conditioned to say to those who shine the light on the truth. But let me ask you, who runs Hollywood? Satanist do. Don’t believe me? Good. Then don’t take my word for it, do your own research. Through movies they are telling people right to their faces what they are doing and are planning to do to them. And we eat it up like spaghetti. They’ve brainwashed us into believing that these movies aren’t their sick prophecies, they’re just entertainment. So I ask you, “Is mankind really smarter now than any time in human history?” Or has the one eyed monster called TV help make man a whole lot dumber? Are terms like smart phone, smart house, smart city, etcetera, thrown around like flattery to make us feel we are smarter? Very clever indeed.
A SEVERE OOPS!!!
Mankind is about to find out they have been duped. And there will be no turning back from their detrimental decision to follow the god of this world; the Devil. (2 Corinthians 4:4) Just as Eve was deceived so the majority are and will be. Eve knew right from wrong, she quoted to the Serpent what she should and should not do. (Genesis 3:2-3) So how was she deceived if she knew right from wrong? She began to desire what she knew to be wrong so strongly that desire grew and led her to go against what she knew. Satan through his beast system will cause people to make a similar choice. It will look appealing just like it did to Eve. Like Eve they will be sold a lie and tricked to desire something more than pleasing God. This wrong choice will be irreversibly detrimental to them. Just like it was for Adam and Eve:
Revelation 13:16-18 KJV “And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:  And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.  Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.”
Revelation 14:9-11 KJV “And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand,  The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:  And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.”
Whoever receives the mark of Satan’s beast either in his right hand or in his forehead is doomed! It will be impossible to repent afterwards. They will be tormented in the lake of fire forever! They will experience God’s wrath poured out at full strength (“without mixture”), not watered down, the Bible says. No rest forever day or night, only unimaginable pain and suffering is their lot. Woe! Believing Satan’s lies; lying to oneself, has a hefty price. May we never become so desperate and sell out.
WE’RE NOT SMARTER DO YOUR RESEARCH
Ecclesiastes 3:15 KJV “That which hath been is now; and that which is to be hath already been; and God requireth that which is past.”
Again, we are being tricked by the Devil into believing we are so advanced, when in actuality we are the most primitive of all human beings. Don’t take my word for it do your own research. “But man has learned how to harness nuclear energy in our day,” some would say. Really? So, does being able to split atoms that cause nuclear explosions (nuclear bombs) that can wipe out all life on earth many times over mean we are smarter? We have a weapon that can kill us all, and that makes us smarter, right? If you really want to go there World War 2 is not the first time such a weapon was used. It’s happened before. There are ancient writings that attest to this fact, and archaeological evidence that prove it! Don’t believe me? Good. Do your own research don’t take my word for it. We’re not smarter guys. We’re just participating in the Devil’s diabolical plot to destroy all of us.
Why are there ancient hieroglyphics thousands of years old of what appears to be airplanes, submarines, and helicopters? Hmmmm. Why are there ancient hieroglyphics and evidence of electricity being used by human beings thousands of years ago? And why is such knowledge hidden from the public today? Don’t believe me? I hope not. Do your own research. And do you really think tampering with (manipulating) human genes is something new? (Genesis 6:1-6) Do your research. You’ll be amazed at what you will find. I warn, you might even become very upset once you realize you have been lied to about everything all your life. NOTHING is what you have been told it is. But this is the stuff Hollywood movies are made of, right? Oh, how the mind can be trained to dismiss the truth. Don’t be stupid. And don’t take my word for any of this. Do your own research. And you will find that we are not as smart as we think we are, and there is nothing new under the sun.
I was talking with a guy. He admitted he didn’t read the Bible like he should but that he was a Christian. He seemed so appreciative for the encouragement shared with him about studying God’s word. The man repeatedly thanked me. The next day he, I, and another guy were talking about God. Me and the other guy started discussing same sex marriage. I said, “Jesus said marriage is between a man and a woman.” (Matthew 19:4-6) The guy who seemed so appreciative the day before and said he was a Christian looked noticably disturbed. He then said, “Man, some of these relationships between a man and a man are real.” I said, “I never said they weren’t real. All I said was JESUS SAID that marriage is between a man and a woman.” He then said, “Jesus also said don’t judge!” I then told him, “If I say that JESUS SAID marriage is between a man and a woman does that mean that I am judging you? Does me simply quoting Jesus mean that I am judging you? I didn’t say, HERE IS MY OPINION, and then started telling you everything I think about the matter. I simply said, “JESUS SAID”–the one we claim to be serving said–that marriage is between a man and a woman.” “Well it sounded like you were judging.” he told me. I then mentioned to the man that if we have a problem with something JESUS SAYS we have a problem with Jesus. He didn’t like that too much either.
Next the man said, “You’re gonna hate me for what I’m about to tell you.” He then said, “The Bible has been changed by man!” Ahh, now the truth is coming out as to why he told me he doesn’t read the Bible much. He doesn’t agree with what it says (like God’s view on sex and marriage). I agreed with him that attempts have been made to destroy God’s word but that God’s truth is still here despite all man’s efforts to change it. How can a mere man thwart the purposes of Almighty God? I tried to reason this with him. But he wasn’t hearing it. I avoided an argument with the guy and pointed out that on judgment day when we all stand before God, the only thing that’s gonna matter is did we do what God wants us to do (John 6:28-29), not others tampering with His words, etcetera. He wasn’t hearing that either, so I encouraged the man to seek God and ended the conversation.
Isn’t it interesting how the truth came out as to why this man doesn’t read the Bible? And where he stands on God’s view of sex and marriage? And the truth regarding His true (or should I say false) belief in Jesus Christ? It was all uncovered. Here’s why:
Hebrews 4:12-13 NIV “For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; IT JUDGES THE THOUGHTS AND ATTITUDES OF THE HEART.  Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.”
That’s what judged the man: God’s word. It does that to all of us. Whenever God’s words are heard emotions will be felt, and reactions will occur, either for or against it. There’s nothing in all creation that does this to human beings like God’s word. The Bible is indeed the word of God! It is the same word that created the heavens and the earth. To say God’s word is powerful is an understatement.
So the next time someone tries to lay a guilt trip on you for simply saying something JESUS SAYS know in your heart that this is rubbish. You are not judging them, but God’s word is. It judges all of us. Some of us though agree with what His words say even when they go against us; our sinful flesh, our evil desires, etcetera. This is why we are not offended at God’s word. But instead we confess and repent when it corrects us.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 KJV “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 perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.”
Matthew 7:13-14 ESV “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.”
A guy told me he had a dream. In his dream he saw everybody going into this warehouse. Crowds of people kept going into the warehouse but nobody was coming out. He wondered why so many people were going into this place. So he curiously followed the crowds and walked in. Once he got inside an elevator door opened. So he stepped inside. Then the elevator door closed and started going down. After descending suddenly a trap door opened beneath his feet. He looked down and saw nothing but a sea of firey flames. Somehow he was able to hold on to the elevator walls with his hands and feet extended to keep from falling into the flames. He said he didn’t know where he got the strength to do that. The next thing he remembered in his dream was running out of that warehouse scared out of his wits.
I listened to the man tell his dream to others. Some immediately understood God’s warning of Judgment in the firey flames:
Hebrews 10:26-27 NLT “Dear friends, if we deliberately continue sinning after we have received knowledge of the truth, there is no longer any sacrifice that will cover these sins.  There is only the terrible expectation of God’s judgment and the RAGING FIRE that will consume his enemies.”
I also heard the man say something else prior to telling his dream and wondered could there be a connection. Right before telling his dream he was talking about something he was in the process of doing that had him very excited. This thing he was doing is something that so MANY others are doing, or have done. It reminded me of his dream, the part where he was following the crowd and went into the warehouse just because everyone else was doing it. I wondered could there be a connection.
Anyways, I prayed to God for understanding of this man’s dream to be used to encourage him. Aside from the obvious warning to avoid the lake of fire I felt the need to encourage him not to follow the crowd as well. That’s what he did in his dream that got him into such a terrible situation. In his dream he was doing something popular just because everyone else was doing it. But it lead to death in the lake of fire. And this is why anyone who went inside that warehouse in his dream never came out. Because the Bible says that those who are consigned to the lake of fire spend eternity there and never leave. There they are tormented forever. (Revelation 14:10-11 21:8) This man’s dream was definitely a warning from God.
And something else God showed me: though he said no one came out of that warehouse someone did come out, he did, after being frightened out of his mind. He was snatched from the flames as it were. And that reminded me of this passage:
Jude 1:22-23 KJV “And of some have compassion, making a difference:  And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.”
Job 33:14-18 KJV “For God speaketh once, yea twice, yet man perceiveth it not.  In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falleth upon men, in slumberings upon the bed;  Then he openeth the ears of men, and sealeth their instruction,  That he may withdraw man from his purpose, and hide pride from man.  He keepeth back his soul from the pit, and his life from perishing by the sword.”
Before I was about to speak to the man regarding his dream I asked him his name. He said, “I’m the stoned one.” I asked him what does that mean. He said in a condescending tone, “You need to up your learning. The Bible says, with all thy getting get understanding.” He continued, “You need to become like a Berean. You know who the Bereans are? I said, “Yeah, at Acts chapter 17 verse 11.” He looked at me, and then just walked away.
I didn’t get to encourage him. But who knows maybe I’ll see him again later. It appears the man assumed I didn’t know about God or the Bible because I couldn’t answer his riddle; “The Stoned One.” Later I thought about what he said, “The stoned one,” and Stephen came to mind. Stephen was a devout servant of the Lord who was stoned for his faith. (Acts 6:8-7:60) Maybe he meant that or something else. Who knows?
Anyways, though I didn’t get to speak in depth with this guy about his dream he was used by God to encourage me. His dream was a reminder for me not to follow the crowd. Not to jump on the bandwagon and do stuff just because it’s popular. Not to accept everything people offer you, especially when they say, “It’s free.” Not to walk through every door just because it’s open to you, like he did in his dream when he went inside the elevator because the door was opened.
As Jesus says in Matthew 7:13-14, the way to destruction is wide, it looks easy, and MANY enter in that way. But the real way to life is sometimes hard, that path is narrow and cramped, and only a FEW ever find it. Based on that I believe that nine out of ten times when we follow the crowd we’re going down the wrong path. And I heard a wise man say, “There’s always free cheese in a mouse trap.”