Category Archives: Salvation

My Salvation

LIGHTYeshua

Isaiah 49:5 ESV   And now the LORD says, he who formed me from the womb to be his servant, to bring Jacob back to him; and that Israel might be gathered to him— for I am honored in the eyes of the LORD, and my God has become my strength— 6 he says: “It is too light a thing that you should be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob and to bring back the preserved of Israel; I will make you as a light for the nations, that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth.”  

The Orthodox Jewish Bible reads “that Thou mayest be My Yeshuah (Salvation)”.    

Luke 2:25 Now there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon, and this man was righteous and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. 26 And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. 27 And he came in the Spirit into the temple, and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him according to the custom of the Law, 28 he took him up in his arms and blessed God and said, 29 “Lord, now you are letting your servant depart in peace, according to your word;

30 for my eyes have seen your salvation 31 that you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, 32 light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory to your people Israel.”

Yeshuah came to be a light for all people, even to the Gentiles.  And Yeshuah, after He had risen from the dead, said:

Matthew 28:18 …  “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

The Holy Spirit (Ruach haKadosh), gave the apostles and disciples the power to spread the good news on the Day of Pentecost.  Through many persecutions and trials, the faithful have spread His name, the name of Salvation, and the Light of the world.  There are believers in every land!   Even in places of severest persecution, the gospel goes on because there is Truth and Light and Love.

“Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this.”  Isaiah 9:7

Do you believe the Scriptures and the words of Isaiah?   Surely, no one fits the role of Messiah but Jesus Christ!   Truly, Emmanuel, Yeshuah came to be Light, over 2000 years ago.   And He will come again and save Israel!

7 “And the LORD will give salvation to the tents of Judah first, that the glory of the house of David and the glory of the inhabitants of Jerusalem may not surpass that of Judah. 8 On that day the LORD will protect the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so that the feeblest among them on that day shall be like David, and the house of David shall be like God, like the angel of the LORD, going before them. 9 And on that day I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.

10 “And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and pleas for mercy,

so that, when they look on me, on him whom they have pierced…”  Zechariah 12:7-10

“But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed.”  Isaiah 53:5

Yeshuah is our Salvation!

Quantum Jumping?

Have you seen the ads for “Quantum Jumping” that constantly come up on internet ads?   When I was young and naive, it was bunk like this that got me into a quasi-New Age cult.  (Read my testimony page.)

Here’s the Real Quantum Leap:

John 11:25-26

“Jesus said to her, ‘I AM the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.  And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?”

Take a leap of faith, and choose to believe this.  Jesus died on the cross for mankind’s sins and then he rose from the dead, with the victory over death.  Ask God to show you this Truth.  What happens then?  He takes the blinders off your eyes to see the Truth!

2 Corinthians 3:14

You then become a new creation in Christ.  And when your physical body dies, your spirit and soul will continue to live on in Christ.  There’s more… and it’s the Truth!

2 Corinthians 5:17

This Truth has been attested to for thousands of years by millions of believers.  It’s tried and true.  This Truth was prophesied through the prophets.  It’s in the Bible.   Why do you think the Bible is the most censored book on this planet?  Because evil oppresses and does not want you to know the Truth!  The Truth sets you free!  Jesus Christ is the Truth!   And this Truth is freely given, freely bestowed on all who would believe.   The Truth is in the Word of God.  Jesus is the Word manifest, the Truth, the Resurrection and the Life!

Pray for the Truth.  This could be your last call.

John 14:6

What’s In A Name?

My precious granddaughter’s name is “Hephzibah”. It’s a beautiful name but it isn’t simple and it isn’t convenient. When people first hear it, they want it re-pronounced, spelt, and explained. But the meaning is lovely: “my delight is in her”. Would every child know that their parents delight in them! God placed this name in Scripture (Isaiah 62:1-5) to let the people of God, the Israel of God, the Church, the Bride of Christ know that God will call us by a “new name” which expresses His delight in us as we grow ever closer to our wonderful LORD!

Names hold great significance in the Scriptures. Reading through Genesis, one will find over and over passages that explain why a child was thusly named. We read that God even changed people’s names. He changed Abram to Abraham and Sarai to Sarah, adding His own Hebrew letter in there, (the English ‘H’). What a daily reminder of the covenant God had made with them! He also renamed Jacob, “Israel” meaning “Prince of God”. (Gen 32:28)

It is most important to know the Almighty God’s name. “God” is not a name, it is what He is, Creator and Supreme Being. But God reveals His name so that we can be in relationship with Him. To Moses, He revealed His name to be YHWH, “I AM THAT I AM”, always existing, not having a beginning. (Exodus 3:14) Elsewhere it is shortened to YAH, “I AM”. (Isa 26:3-4) Other passages reveal this “YHWH” in many of His relational aspects through many covenant names, “YHWH who heals”, “I AM Shepherd”, “YHWH Shalom” and others. Each name reveals a characteristic of our Almighty Creator that He welcomes His people to know Him as. But within the very name “YHWH”, He reveals Himself as the Self-Existent One and LORD. In the King James version, this name is represented by “LORD”, all letters capitalized. (I don’t know why they just didn’t keep “YHWH”!)

God declares “I, YHWH, that is my name; and My glory I will not give to another…” (Isa 42:8) “I, even I, am YHWH and besides Me there is no Savior! (Isa 43:11)

Yet also in the Book of Isaiah is the wondrous revelation of God’s incarnation:

“For unto us a Child is born, a Son is given…and His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, the Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace…” (Isaiah 9:6)

That promised Child will be called “Jesus”  (“Yeshua” or “Yehoshua” in Hebrew)  meaning “Jehovah saved”. (Luke 1:31) This is the Promised Messiah, promised from the fall of man, to deliver man, to save him from sin, to redeem him from the curse, to bring him back into proper relationship with His Creator!

“Yeshua” or “Jesus” is the name that God has exalted to be “above every name”! (Philippians 2:9) If that verse means what it says, which I believe it does because God cannot lie, it means that the name of “Yeshua” (“Jesus” in English), is even above God’s other covenant names! Of course, you can’t know God as Shepherd, if He is not first your Savior. You can’t know God as SHALOM (Peace), if He is not first your Savior. And so Jesus said, “No man comes to the Father except through Me” for one must know the Almighty God first as the Savior Jesus Christ, and only then can we receive “the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, ‘Abba, Father.’” (Romans 8:15) If you don’t have a relationship with YAH the Savior, who sanctifies you, how can you come into the Presence of the Holy Father?

Jesus, during His earthly ministry, declared “Before Abraham was, I AM.” What a blasphemous statement for anyone to make, if it were not true. But it is the truth! God Himself came down to earth* and put on human flesh, to die the death due us for our sins. If you accept Him as “Yeshua”, as “Jehovah saves”, then you may know Him as His other names including “Emmanuel”, “God with us”.

This is the Good News: that God Himself descended to us as Yeshua the Messiah to lift us back up to Him! “And thus we shall always be with the Lord!” (1 Thes 4:17) HalleluYAH!

Call on the name above every name, knowing that His name reveals Him as both God and Lord! Call on the name of Yeshua! Call on the name of Jesus Christ!

PS: A “different” “Jesus” cannot save you! Only YHWH saves! If you think you can have salvation in a “Jesus” who is not also “YHWH” and LORD, you are misled! A self-proclaimed “church” that does not believe in the deity of Jesus Christ is not preaching the Good News, but another gospel which is really no good news and so a misnomer! (2 Cor 11:3-4) (Gal 1:6-7) (2 Cor 11:14)

* Nothing is too difficult for God! Do you not believe that God is omnipresent?

STRONG’S CONCORDANCE REFERENCES: “Jesus”  = Greek 2424 derived from Hebrew 3091 meaning “Jehovah saved”.   H3068 = Jehovah;  H3050 = contraction for H3068 = Yah = “iah” =”jah”.

Are you dead?

Christ “speaks and list’ning to His voice, new life the dead receive”!  “Hear Him, ye deaf!”

Who are these “dead” that Charles Wesley refers to in his hymn “O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing”?  These dead are sinners!

The concept of death is separation.   God is life.  Separate from Him, you are spiritually dead.  Sin separates us from a Holy God and we can only be brought back on His terms – that is through the Messiah, through Jesus Christ.  (Romans 8:9-10)

“…even when we were dead in our trespasses, [God] made us alive together with Christ” (Eph 2:5) (Eph 2:1-7)

God wants to give you new life in Christ today!  Listen to His voice!  (Romans 10:8-9)

A Nutty Lesson

It’s not the first time and it won’t be the last, but this morning, I messed up. However, since God works all things for my good (Romans 8:28), I learned a few lessons from my mistake.

It was a beautiful, cool, September morning. I decided to be outdoors and get a little pruning in on the trees that were overhanging the street. I pruned my pecan tree. I cut all these overhanging limbs down with their many nuts. I thought that maybe those pecans were already ripe but the green sheathe had to be removed manually. Now some of you may think that silly, but I’ve never been much of a gardener and this was the first year we’ve had an abundance of pecans on our tree. Meantime, my neighbor came over and gave me the scoop on pecans. My pecans were probably not ripe, she said. Just in case, I opened one up. OH, NUTS! Some sticky gunk oozed out. What a mess!

So now that I know to wait for the pecans to fall down, what else did I learn? DON’T CRACK A NUT BEFORE IT’S RIPE! If you’re waiting for a loved one to come to Christ, God can crack the hardest nut and He knows just the right, ripe time! I’m praying while waiting for the harvest.

PS: Thank God, I still have a lot of pecans left on my tree!

Some Scriptures on the harvest:

Matthew 13:29-30

Mark 4:29

Luke 10:2

John 4:35

Amos 9:13 HalleluYAH! Isn’t this an exciting promise?

The Oldest Lie in the Book

Perhaps you’ve heard the cliché “the oldest lie in the book” referring sometimes to “the check’s in the mail” but “the oldest lie in the book” is literally in the Book of Beginnings, the book of Genesis. It is spoken by the “father of lies”, satan.

Satan’s opening line, posed as a question (Gen 3:1), sets up his intentional deception. “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden?’” The question introduces doubt into paradise. The crafty devil proceeds to infer that God is a liar, contradicting the very word of the Lord God Almighty! (Gen 3:4-5) “You will not surely die,” speaks the serpent, “For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” Here the devil infers that God is holding back something ‘good’ from Adam and Eve, which is a tricky assault on the loving nature of God.

So do you feel God is holding back something ‘good’ from you? Do you feel He doesn’t really love you because your life is in a shambles? Then, you my friend, as the rest of humanity to one degree or another, have bought a lie from the pit of hell!

The truth is “God is love”! (1 John 4:8) The truth is “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son…” (John 3:16) The truth is God has so much for you (John 10:10) but you are refusing it by refusing to believe in His perfect love! You see, if you allow the devil to steal the truth from you by believing his lie, you are in fact rejecting the truth! The devil cheated Adam and Eve out of paradise.

What is the devil stealing from you?

The truth is God offers the precious gift of eternal life to all who believe that through the blood sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross and His resurrection, we now have access to the Eternal Father of Life. (John 1:12) (Heb 4:16) But if you don’t believe that, you won’t approach the throne of grace!

The truth is “He who did not spare His own Son [Jesus Christ], but delivered Him up for us all [on the cross], how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?” The truth is “Every good and perfect gift is from above and comes down from the Father of lights.” (James 1:17)

So do you want the good from the Father of lights or the trash the “father of lies” peddles?

God offered the “Tree of Life” in the garden. The liar tempted them to choose the forbidden fruit from the “Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil”. Choosing fruit from the wrong tree brought spiritual death, spiritual separation from their Creator. Today Christ again offers us the “Tree of Life”, but the devil is still trying to get us to choose forbidden fruit over the expressed will of God, to keep us separated from God, from the “Tree of Life”. Which tree do you choose? If you choose wrongly, why do you blame God? His will is clearly made known in the Bible.

God offers eternal life in His Kingdom of light and love. The liar offers nothing but momentary, fleeting carnal pleasures and would not even offer that if it weren’t an enticement to lure you into sin. The devil hates you!

But God loves you! Do you believe that? Or do you believe what a liar is whispering, “God doesn’t love you because He is withholding (fill in the blank) from you!”

The truth is God has a perfect plan for your life. Have you received that perfect plan or are you choosing your imperfect, faulty will? Do you really think you know better than God Almighty? Are you saying in fact “Has God indeed said?” and questioning His Word, justifying your sin with “Well, God didn’t really mean that…”

THE TRUTH vs the lie

Let’s remove the questions, the doubt, the confusion that the liar seeks to inject.

Yes, God indeed HAS said NOT to even dabble in witchcraft and astrology. (Deu 18:10-12) Do fortunetellers and astrology columns hold more allure for you than the Holy Word of God? Repent!

Yes, God indeed HAS said NOT to bow down to idols but you have an altar to Mary, some saint, or Buddha, giving a deceiving spirit legal domain in your life. The word of God says “Those who regard worthless idols forsake their own mercy…Salvation is of the Lord!” (Jonah 2:8-9) (Deu 7:26) Throw out your idols! (1 John 5:21)

Yes, God indeed HAS said that intimate relationships outside the sanctity of marriage are sinful. (1 Cor 6:13-18) But the lie is hyped in pop culture and media with lines like this: “This can’t be wrong when it feels so right.” Following that lie may have brought some momentary pleasure but the rotten fruit is mistrust, broken relationships, a loss of purity, possible disease, and wrecked relationships. Yet God offers the best: joyful intimacy in marriage. The devil offers meaningless sex.

Yes, God indeed HAS said that homosexuality is an abomination! (Lev 18:22-23) (Rom 1:27-28) The liar has an intensive PR campaign going to confuse the issue. Why is this an area that the enemy wants to confuse? For starters, it’ll keep you out of heaven! There are NO homosexuals in the Kingdom of God! (Rev 22:15) You can never be who God really made you to be, if you are living in this perverse lifestyle. There is a demonic spirit of perversion that propagates this abomination. Cry out to God to forgive you and deliver you and reveal to you who He created you to be in Christ! Otherwise, the devil has robbed you of your destiny!

ONE WAY

Yes, God indeed HAS said there is ONLY ONE WAY to return back into right relationship with your Creator. (John 3:18) (John 14:6) (Rom 8:9) (Acts 4:10-12) Neither Mohammed, nor allah, nor Mary, nor buddha can give you eternal life with the Father. Jesus Christ is truly the ONLY WAY! And that truth flies in the face of the popular sentiment of “I’m okay, you’re okay’. If you do not receive the forgiveness which Christ purchased for you on Calvary, you’re not okay! You are not pure before a perfect God! That’s the bad news. But you don’t have to stay in your sorry condition. You have the choice! The good news, the gospel, is that Jesus Christ’s shed blood paid for your salvation and sanctification and healing! Now stop doing it your damning way. It really hasn’t worked so far so why do you continue on your destructive path? (The number one tune in hell just might be, “I did it my way!”) Do it God’s way. Believe in Jesus Christ and proclaim with your mouth, “Jesus Christ is Lord!” (Roman 10:9-11)

Recently I spoke with someone who asked me how I knew the gospel of Jesus Christ was true. I responded passionately, “He is the Truth!” When you encounter Jesus Christ, you face the Truth itself. So do you really want to know the Truth? If yes, great because God Himself wants you to know the Truth, His Son Jesus Christ. Therefore, if you are sincere in a prayer to God to reveal the truth to you, He will do so. Seek the Lord with all your heart. Read the Book of John in the Bible.  (John 1) The Lord will meet you there.