The year of Spiritual Troubles and Tribulations is upon us
2017 and 2018 were/are the years when “Big Troubles” increased worldwide.
2018 and 2019 look like the years when the “Great Divide” will happen.
It cannot be denied, there is a Spiritual Tribulation everywhere.
The Joseph Plan is putting out the call for all Christians to take time now to “Examine oneself” and make sure that you will be able to endure the troubles and tribulations that are upon us.
For the days ahead, there is only One who will be able to give us the strength and power to endure.
Some of us will. Many of us won’t! The division or separation!
In Matthew 24 we are given a warning. That warning is telling us that it is our faith that can carry us through the troubles and tribulations.
It says: Matthew 24:13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. (kjv)
To paraphrase, He or she that has an enduring faith shall be saved.
In the original language, the word “endure” means- Maintaining a strong enough faith to withstand and overcome the trials, tribulations and testings.
We all are going to need a faith that will truly endure to carry us through the troubles and trials that assuredly are coming upon us.
Mat 24:7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
I invite you to take some serious time to “Examine yourself”.
The strength of our faith is determined by what we believe.
Do you believe that all good people will go to heaven? Do you believe in heaven, the eternal resting place for all “born again” believers?
Please read our post on “Do ALL good people go to heaven”.
Believing IN and living your life IN Jesus Christ is the only way that we can have the type of faith that will “endure” these days ahead. There aren’t any alternative paths or belief systems that will bring a person to eternal salvation. Sorry Rick Warren and Oprah, your philosophies are false teachings.
There is only one way to be assured of salvation and of having an “enduring faith”.
Believing IN and placing all your faith ON Jesus Christ is the only way to eternal salvation. Period! All other teachings can lead to damnation!
That belief is at the heart of the Christian faith. Without that core belief, our faith can descend into the role of a social club, a self help program or a political organization. The core understanding that Jesus is the only way to salvation is the primary tenant of an enduring faith upon which all else rests.
How can we believe this and be able to stand firm on our convictions. It’s easy for some to say they believe something. But when the waves start coming into the boat and times get tough, those same people can change belief systems real quick if it is convenient.
We need to believe the above fact in our faith to the point of absolutely knowing it. Each of us needs to know, that we know that we know.
Our belief system needs to be centered on this key understanding because without it we are building our future on a foundation of sand. Sand that can be blown with the winds of popular sentiment or the hip cultural philosophy of the month. Or, the lies of our big adversary—Satan himself.
Always remember—a person always places their faith in or on what they believe.
Believing IN and placing all your faith ON Jesus Christ is the only way to eternal Salvation and an “Enduring Faith”. It will be the reason we will have the discernment to understand the great illusions that will be coming upon the world and have the eyes to see the truth.
How do we know this statement is true? So true, that we can put all our faith in it. So true, that we can believe in it as much or more as we believe that one plus one equals two.
But what does i mean to “Believe on me” and be saved? What does Jesus say?
Do you believe that the Holy Bible, in its original language, is the inspired Word of God? Do you believe the Holy Spirit is real?
If you do, you already have the foundation for a believe system that will endure. The complete foundation. No other teachings of man will be needed.
The Word of God, as stated in the Bible, says Jesus Christ is the only way to salvation. Here are some examples of the Bible’s teachings. Please place them at the very core of your soul. Memorize them if you can. Recite them daily until they are absolutely part of you.
Believe on Jesus-For, “there is no other name under Heaven given among men by which we must be saved” Acts 4:12
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
John 8:24 Therefore I said to you that you shall die in your sins, for if you do not believe that I AM, you shall die in your sins.
Rom 10:13 For everyone, “whoever shall call on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
John 6: And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes on Him should have everlasting life. And I will raise him up at the last day.
John 6:47 Truly, truly, I say to you, He who believes on Me has everlasting life.
Peter in the Book of Acts said it best.
Acts 4:10 be it known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, in this name does this man stand before you whole.
Acts 4:11 This is the Stone which you builders have counted worthless, and He has become the Head of the Corner.
Acts 4:12 And there is salvation in no other One; for there is no other name under Heaven given among men by which we must be saved.
Yes we can stand confidently in our belief that there is no other way to salvation except through Jesus Christ.
Believe unto Him and be saved. Not unto the god or god’s of the new age, nor the god of the religion of peace.
They both are pathways to destruction and hell and certain demise during these trying times ahead.
Believing that there are many paths or ways to Heaven is a lie of the devil and all of his spokesmen.
So we all need to examine ourselves to make sure we are IN the faith. We need to examine ourselves to make we are living our lives IN JESUS! This is a call for each of us to get real serious about the condition of our belief system and thus our faith. I plead with you to go to the source. Go to the bible. There are many denominations and pastors that are sliding into apostasy, led by the Catholic Church and the false prophet and apostate pastors like Rick Warren and his purpose driven life “alternative gospel”. (There are over twenty thousand of them in the US alone preaching Warren’s false gospel.) It appears that most denominational churches are headed the way of apostasy. But it is my prayer that your church and your pastor are the exception.
Examine yourselves, whether you be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know you not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except you be reprobates? 2Co 13:5
(Some bible versions use the word “disqualified” instead of “reprobates”.)
Examine: Examine yourselves, whether you be in the faith. It is stated many times throughout the bible. When God truly wants us to understand an important lesson in the bible, it is always stated multiple times. Below are many of the verses, in which He instructs us to “Examine ourselves” to make sure we are living IN Jesus! We are asked many times in the bible to “examine ourselves”.
Psalm 26:2 Examine me, O LORD, and prove me; try my reins and my heart.
Lamentations 3:40 Let us search and try our ways, and turn again to the LORD.
Ezekiel 18:28 Because he considers, and turns away from all his transgressions …
Haggai 1:5, 7 Now therefore thus said the LORD of hosts; Consider your ways…
It is time for all of to do some deep self examination, to make sure we are in a good spiritual condition and 100% IN Jesus, instead of just a hot/cold believer or a pew sitter Christian.
Many of us, when the Holy Spirit convicts us, have to make changes in our lives. The time to do that has never been more important than today. Some of us will need to make some large adjustments to get ourselves in line with God’s Word. Others will have to make major “life changing” changes! Do you want to be living your life “In Jesus”, instead of simply “knowing about Him”?
Are you willing? It may hurt for a short time, but it can be depended on that it will only be temporary.
So, how does one know? How do we figure out whether or not we have been given lies that we have incorporated into our lives?
I recommend studying the Ten Commandments first. They are the basic rules in God’s world and the teachings of modern society can’t amend or modify them. “Thou shall not kill” meant what it says when it was given to Moses by God and it means the same today. The same is true for “Thou shall not commit adultery and Thou shall not steal”. The world that we live in today is doing everything it can to distort or even nullify many of them, however. Society cannot change the fact that they are all sins and will result in spiritual trauma and damnation, if not repented for.
Are you obedient to all ten of the commandments?
In the New Testament we are taught that there are very serious actions that we can get involved in that God detests. Involvement in any one of them will certainly ruin any salvation walk with God. Continual indulgence in them will lead to damnation. They are found in the book of Galatians chapter 5 and entitled “Works of the Flesh”. Look each of these words up. This is important. 2015 is going to separate the true, born again, Christians from the rest of churchianity. You need not be on the losing side.
Gal 5:16 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.
Gal 5:17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.
Gal 5:18 But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.
Gal 5:19 Now the works of the flesh are clearly revealed, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lustfulness,
Gal 5:20 idolatry, sorcery, hatreds, fightings, jealousies, angers, rivalries, divisions, heresies,
Gal 5:21 envyings, murders, drunkennesses, revelings, and things like these; of which I tell you before, as I also said before, that they who do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
The “Works of the Flesh” are clearly stated and need to be understood. As you read the list again, look at how hard society is trying to modify or negate most of these. But regardless of what society is saying, these sins need to be repented for and expelled from our lives.
It is now time for all Christians to “examine oneself”. When you consider the above list, remember that we examine and compare our own lives to God’s Word, not the norms or definitions of society. One of the signs of a church or denomination sliding into apostasy is its leaving the true meanings of the Word of God.
For example: Adultery according to God’s definition, not societies. Or, fornication according to God, not society, etc., etc.
A church or individual cannot say they believe in Jesus and then deny and only teach or preach parts of the Word of God. They are one and the same.
Jesus Christ and The Word cannot be separated. The Word came to earth in the form of a man, remember? That man was Jesus Christ!
John 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.
John 1:13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
John 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
To deny this fact is to deny Christ. Are you being taught the true Word of God? Many good Pastors are, thank goodness.
1Jn 5:5 Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?
1Jn 5:7 For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.
Are you reading and studying the Word every day? Does your bible contain 1John 5:7, the Catholic bible and many bibles used by some denominational churches omit it. Ask yourself why? It is an important verse. The King James version and the Dead Sea Scrolls contain it.
In 2015, I believe the world is going to undergo major changes. We will be IN the end times and the demonic will be rising even more than it is today. Prophesies will be fulfilled weekly. A World War will almost assuredly occur, killing millions.
But yours and my major battle will be spiritual. Are you prepared for the war? Are you placing your faith on the promises that the Word of God provide you?
We will soon be in the spiritual battle of our lives!
The time is short. Please help us to get this very timely and important message viral.
Are you spiritually prepared?
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NO FEAR! Together we can walk into 2015 holding our heads up and trusting our enduring faith in Him!
“But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved”
Through An Enduring Faith and in the hands and through the mouth of a true believer mountains can truly be moved.
My friend, Are you confident where you are going to spend eternity when this all ends? There is an end for all of us some day, some of us maybe today.
There is only one way to know and be assured– Ask our Father in heaven in Jesus Christs’ name in prayer today!
Are You Saved from damnation, the eternal fate of so many?
Are you sure? Ask Him. Find out and be assured.
Rom 8:16 The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are the children of God.
When we ask the Lord, in Jesus Christ’s name, He assures us with His peace and understanding.
If for any reason you question your salvation, go to a quiet place, alone, and talk to Jesus. Repent of your sins and commit your life to Him. Then go to a bible believing church and get baptized. He is faithful! He always listens and always responds!
The Salvation Prayer (click here)
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