One Tamale Away From Eternity

Several years ago, when I was an irrigation engineer with the University of Missouri, I was invited to come and speak at a company meeting of the Gorman – Rupp Company in El Paso TX.  I had developed a tool to determine what kind of pump would be most suited to pump different kinds of liquids, and they wanted me to share it with them.  As I had never been there before, it was an adventure and I was looking forward to it.  It was a two day event, and for dinner in the evening, they took us to see the dog races in Mexico.  They served us wonderful food, including tamales and other Mexican dishes. 

Part way through dinner, we heard a great commotion a couple of tables away.  A fellow was choking on his food, perhaps a tamale, and he was not able to disengorge the food.  He was coughing violently, and his face became deep red as his movements became more desperate.

Fortunately for him, someone came up from behind him and performed the Heimlich maneuver, disengorging the food from his windpipe.  He gasped for air, and everyone in the area breathed a sigh of relief as the man sat back down.

In all likelihood, this man did not wake up in the morning with the realization that he was going to have a brush with death before the day is over.  He was close to meeting the Lord; he was one tamale away from eternity.  Unlike many people, he was given a second chance at life.

Each of us will have a last day on this earth.  Our time here will be complete, and it will be our turn to depart.  While our family and friends begin to mourn and make arrangements for our burial, I believe we will stand before the Lord – the sovereign, living God of the universe – to give an account of ourselves and our lives.

He won’t ask about our accomplishments (with which He will already be familiar).  He will ask on what basis should we be admitted into heaven.  Only if we know Jesus Christ, and have accepted Him as Lord and Savior will we be admitted into heaven.  We are all going to meet the Lord; the only question is how soon and on what terms.  We can meet Him now by repenting of our sins, and accepting Jesus as our Lord and Savior, or we can meet the Lord when we have died, and face eternity in hades.  The Lord invites us to join Him, but He will not drag anyone into heaven who really doesn’t want to be there, who does not want to be with the Lord now and in eternity.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways, acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.”  Proverbs 3:5-6

Finally, given the great challenges and profound changes our nation faces, spiritual preparation – getting right with God and seeking His guidance, His will, and His protection is imperative.  If we place our faith and hope in our finances and physical preparation, we will be disappointed, for we do not control what is happening to our nation and the world.  If you don’t know Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, now is the time to do so.  Colonel Stephen M. Bauer calculated that the chance that 40 fulfilled prophecies from the Old Testament were fulfilled by chance to be one chance in 1×10 to the 136th power.  (See his book “The Math of Christ”.)

Now is the time to draw close to the Lord, our refuge and strength.

Life is short.  God is great.  Walk with the Lord.

Mark Peterson

Remember Who You Are

You are a son of Adam, created in the image of God, and a son of the second Adam (Christ), created for good works.  The life you are looking for can only be found in God through His Son Jesus Christ.  It cannot be found in the daughters of Eve, in money, in power, in experiences, in fame, in possessions, in sex, or in work. 

Eve is not the end game.  God is.  In the Garden of Eden, Adam chose Eve over God.  She can easily become the reason we live and do what we do.  But she is not.  GOD is the end game. 

Remember, you are a son of Adam, born again.  Remember this.  Act like it.  Think like it.  And act like a man.  Don’t act like a woman.  Don’t act like an animal.  Don’t act like a child.  Act like a man.

Accept responsibility.  God has put you in charge.  Be in charge.  Don’t blame others, don’t pretend you don’t know what is going on.  Don’t abdicate decisions to others when it is your decision to make.  Move towards the conflict and not away from it. 

Lead courageously.  Leading is what you are to do.  With courage is how you are to do it.  God has put you in command and you are to lead. 

People may not like your decisions.  You may not like the outcome of some of the decisions you make.  You may not even want to make the decision.  But is your job to lead, to lead with courage and to make decisions.  Just do it.

The issue isn’t whether God is speaking but whether or not you can hear Him or want to hear Him.  Make time for God.

Ed Levy, Little Rock AR

A Special Letter from Jesus

My most precious child, if you are receiving this letter, it is because someone loves you very much. He or She may not have been able to talk to you about this in the past, or perhaps they have talked to you about Me, but you were not ready to listen.

The most important thing I want to tell you is that I LOVE YOU. I love you more than anyone in this world could ever love you. I want you to read this now and learn of Me because you are running out of time to learn the truth. Life as you know it now will suddenly and radically change in an instant and I want you to be ready.

My Name is Jesus Christ the Messiah, I have come to you to give you eternal life. I have come in the flesh and given you the most ultimate sacrifice anyone could give in that I died for you, shedding My blood to atone for your sins; not only those sins you have committed in the past, but for every sin you will ever commit. 

The price for your sins has been paid. I was the sacrificial lamb, slain for you. Your debt is paid. I did this so that you could have access to the Kingdom of Heaven with Me and Our Father forever. You were beautifully and wonderfully made, intricately designed, and purposed for so much more than this life. You have known all along that there was more, that your heart yearned for something greater, something that would fill the emptiness, fill that space inside and ‘complete’ you.

It is My greatest desire that you know that what you have been looking for is Me! I am the One who has created you for a special purpose and whose love for you will never die! My gift is a free gift, no conditions, all you need to do is accept this most precious gift from Me and you will then have all My promises. 

You must know that you could never do anything on your own to earn My love, or earn your way into Heaven. Your acceptance of Me and My sacrifice is all that is required. My blood covers all, and ensures you will live with Me always.

I have given you a book- The Holy Bible – that tells you all about who I am. It is your instruction manual in this life, and it tells you not only what has happened in the past, but it also tells you what is about to happen to this earth.

I love all of My creation so much that I always let you know what I am about to do. This is why you are receiving this letter. I am about to make Myself known in a very powerful way. Because so many have chosen not to accept Me for who I am and follow My commandments for your lives, I will shake the very foundations of all you know to be your security. This is how I will get the attention of My creation.

I do not want you to be in fear, and I do not want you to miss the most important reason that you were born to be here. This reason is to have an intimate relationship with Me. To not choose Me is to choose a life in darkness eternally.

I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. I offer you this gift and this decision because of the free will I have given you. I would never force you to love Me, but you must know that to ignore My desires for your love means eternity without light, love, peace and joy. It is a life wasted and cast away.

Don’t waste another moment believing the lies of My enemy, the devil. Don’t believe that life will go on continually the way it always has been. Time as you know it is over and I am coming to make all things new. The signs of the times in which you live are all around you. Life as you know it has become unsustainable. Everything that can be shaken, will be shaken, and you will be forced to make a choice for your very survival. You will choose to trust Me, the One who created you, or you will trust in a system that will fail. My Word speaks truth and all else that is not of Me will collapse. Please, come to Me now. Come as you are. I love you no matter what you have done. 

My blood washes away all your sins and makes you white as snow. I will keep you and protect you, I will provide for you and when it is your time, I will take you home with Me.

I will only have so many warnings, and then the sudden-lies will be upon you. Will you be ready? The choice has always been yours. If you accept this free gift and desire to know Me intimately, and want to spend eternity with Me in complete peace and love,

Please say this prayer (out loud) 

Father, please forgive me for all of my sins. I accept your gift. I believe that you sent your Son Jesus to die for me, and that He is your only Son. I believe that His blood has paid the price for all the sins I have ever committed, and all those I will commit. I trust in you as My Creator and in all of your promises. I surrender my life to you and ask that only your will be done. I invite your Holy Spirit to come into my heart and change me, and make me more like you. I want to be obedient, and I need your help. Please come into my heart this moment Jesus and make me a new creation in you. 

In Jesus’ name I pray, AMEN

Your loving Father, Jesus Christ, the Messiah (Yahushua ha Mashiach)

Received By Julie Whedbee

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Hearing God

Augusto Perez

http://www.theappearance.com/

Revelation 2:7: “He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says unto the churches; to him that overcomes will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.”

Mankind has for ages wanted to be able to hear and communicate with the Creator. When Adam and Eve were created, they were able to hear and see God in the Garden of Eden with perfect clarity. Their spirits were connected to the Spirit of the Creator, the One who created all things by the Spoken Word, and thus were able to hear him and see Him.

After they sinned they died spiritually, as their spiritual DNA was messed up (their physical DNA was corrupted as well, however we will not address that topic on this series of lessons). They lost their ability to hear the voice of God and see Him because of their fallen state. When the Church was born at Pentecost, they received the ability to hear the voice of the Father.

When the Holy Spirit indwells a human spirit through the born again experience, not only is the born again believer able to hear the voice of God once again, but he is endued with certain spiritual abilities that the Bible refers to as gifts of the Spirit (John 3:6-7; 1 Corinthians 12). 

God made man with three parts to his being. Man has a spirit, a soul and a body. As a human being you have a part of you that came from God and which has the same nature as God. That part is your spirit and it has access to the realm of the Spirit.  Your spirit has the capability to make contact with heaven, but yet it is living in a physical body that dwells on the earth.  That is basically what Jesus Christ referred to when He said:

John 1:18: “No man has seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, he has declared him.”

Yahushua was physically on the earth but His spirit was in perfect union with the Father at the same time. Whenever you are born again of the spirit, you are already walking in the heavenly realm without realizing it. The moment that you accepted Jesus as your LORD and Savior and were born again, you gained access into the spiritual realm where He dwells.

This means that your spirit is in touch with His Spirit at all times:

Colossians 1:27: “To whom God would make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory”.

Whenever you are born again, the Spirit of the Lord comes to dwell within you spirit. Your spirit is in touch with the Holy Spirit and is in touch with the heavenly realm twenty-four hours per day. God is communing and communicating with your spirit twenty-four hours a day through the Holy Spirit.

What a great honor.  We have to lay this important foundation so that we may be able to go on to the things that we want to cover in the next few lessons where we will get into how to actually hear His voice.