God called you into the “Light”…. It’s YOUR Choice to accept, and your choice to “remain” in it!

1Pet 2:9Niv-“But you are a chosen people,a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”, …..

He calls you into light but you must choose to “remain in it”. And some do not… And God knew that would happen too…. Job 24:13Niv-“There are those who rebel against the light,
who do not know its ways
or stay in its paths.”…and God does not change.

Some think they can be saved without change of life style “remaining in the word transforms- you” (Rom 12:2) Like the branch stays in the vine(John 15:5)….. but if you do not “continue in” remain in…by your own desire for being near to Jesus to become like Him …who is the light. Then you are not really free…Yes Paul struggled with flesh (Rom7:23, Gal5:17-21)… we all do, but Paul did not fail to seek God to fight the war in His flesh, and gain victory by the Spirit of God, and he did not plan to go places he might fail !

God said His grace was sufficient! (2Cor 12:9)… His Grace empowers us… He strengthens us here now to overcome all power of the enemy! ! (Luke 10:19, Rom 8:13)

See this red ink. John 8:31-32Nasb-So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, “If you” CONTINUE in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; 32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”… Sounds like God showed us what Job did not have, but God did not say anything changed did He?….He just provided the Word of God to see and learn from, and the Spirit of God to call on and help empower you to not  fail …To become like children of the light! (Rom 8:14) Job did not have that. God added it to us!…After the cross.

I can know what kind of tree it is by the fruit (Luke 6:43-45)…The one you remain in, is the one you produce fruit from! Just like Jesus said in Luke 6:44! And why we are told Eph 5:8Nasb-” for you were formerly darkness, but now you are Light in the Lord; walk as children of Light” … God knows your heart, and like Job  we know it by your fruit, it tells on you! Might even fool me awhile…but you can not fool God He looks at the heart.

And so this unfortunately will happen to some… Jesus said so…Mat 7:23Nasb-“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter.”… So can you choose to play with the dark, and say I am of the light??
I think you better stay in the narrow road like Jesus said, or you are being played a fool by the devil! For those who pretend to be of God, whom you should remember can also look like angel of light too! 2Cor 11:13-14…Will not enter Kingdom of God.

Jesus said there is only one way we enter the Kingdom of God to enjoy eternal life.

Mat 7:13-14Nasb-“Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. 14 For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.”… And you get to chose to follow Him here now in this world, to get there with Him to His Kingdom latter… He does not make you. He gave you freedom to chose (Gal 5:1);

It is a CHOICE made by you, ….or it is not love that “causes you”… to “choose” to obey Jesus.  (John 14:15).. It says “if” that is a choice.

Jesus ONLY wants love with Him for eternity, and we are given choice to show that love here…and rewarded to go there with Him, and led by Him on a narrow path to get there…Do you “seek” to remain in it? And “continue in” the light, His light on that path? Or allow yourself to make excuses for mini trips into the dark? …You always make a choice.

Yes…YOU do have a choice always given you, or we have to erase this word to the church given through Paul !

1Cor 10:13Nasb-“No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.” ….
And John14:23Nasb-Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our abode with him.” … Choice is for children of the light… not the devils children of darkness. … “Choose you this day whom you shall serve.” (Joshua 24:15)… God did not change. (Mal 3:6)

Jesus became the door that we might escape the darkness, to be translated from it..into the light..the Kingdom of His son! (Col 1:13) We are not then allowed to go back to play in the dark, acting dark!…But to work there overcoming the dark by the True light! And light always overcomes darkness! John1:5Niv-“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”…There is no such thing as a little dark with a little light mixed in!

It is clearly a choice where you stand. You are  in the world not part of it… So choose… because your fruit always tells on you anyway!

Mat 6:23Nasb-” But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light that is in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!”… Your the only one deceived if you think it is acceptable to say I am Christian, and choose to allow yourself to live opposite of His word.

Just because you go to church, or give money does not fix things with God.  Just like sleeping in a garage does not make you a car! I do not judge you..But God will…I only inspect fruit to know you, just as I was instructed to do as a child of light. (see Mat 7:16).

Why? So that I can overcome darkness with Truth, Grace and Love! All of which are from Jesus our light given “us” to NOT ever be in darkness again !…

John 8:12Nasb- Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will ‘not’ walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.”

And why would Jesus say that I need to judge your fruit ? To bring “you” who I see is in it, out of darkness into His marvellous light!! (1Pet 2:9) So you can do (1John1:9) and repent to change direction and receive forgiveness of sin!  …Not by me…but by me just sharing light of His Truth… giving you the word of God…His words of life… that rebuke, correct, and train in righteousness.(2Tim 3:16 ) So that you can “choose” to walk right!! … Or not…It’s still your choice. But remember “if” you love Him…then there is going to be obedience.  And previously you read that Jesus said so.

Think about it and then… Walk clearly in the narrow road and stay in the light!   Pastor Ernie Harpster

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“Thou crownest the year with thy goodness.”…. Are you Thankful… Even in the struggles!

“Thou crownest the year with thy goodness.”
Psalm 65:11.
I personally have earned very little income by the worlds standard in last few months, and I have a son to raise too! But at same time I have found I have oh so much to be thankful for. My God has truly supplied our “needs”.

Why then when I have all the blessings available have I struggled??
The answer comes back to me, to learn something…  That My church learns to be content and thankful in a little, and find it a joy to live simply…. That others might simply live!

In Acts that is how I see the church develop by giving (Acts 2:45)… that is love in action. Love is an action not a feeling…. All love originated from and is initiated by God.(1John 4:8 ) And is manifested in every promise to us, and also then works through “us” to reach the world. Think on it. It is “In Him” …that ALL your years are crowned with thy goodness! Because in Him ALL the promises of God are yes and Amen!
2Cor1:20Nasb- “For as many as are the promises of God, in Him they are yes; therefore also through Him is our Amen to the glory of God through us.”… Are YOU truly IN Him? “abiding” and “remaining” … Yes..Then they are yours ! And all your needs are met by His riches in glory by Him! ( Philippians 4:19 )

But “we” must Trust Him = Obey Him , as “We”  Christians always have a choice (Deut 28:2, John 14:23-24 ) …And He will then always open doors of opportunity for you “here” as the windows of heaven over you are opened by Him there! For blessings to be poured out to crown you and your year with goodness! ‘In Him’ “we” are a nation of kings and priest…Rev 5:10Kjv-” And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.” ..

The question is do you chose to live IN Him…do YOU “remain” in Him… For His love to flow through you as He intended…That your concern here is not how blessed you are seen…but that you are seen and recognized as blessed to be a blessing to others; Like your Father a King who has everything, YOU are given the opportunity to do the same as His child.. Think on it. And Imitate Him!( Eph5:1 ); And recognize that God gives you gifts to “use” for Him, each of us differing. But they are also part of His planned ways (Eph 2:10) That He makes “us”, designed us to make us able to be paid, to met our needs and still fulfil our calling…to use our gifts for Him in the lives of others.  That He is glorified! We each earn through a different means…we each stand in the body in different places, and we are all called to that place…and He knows what each of us need before we ask.( Mat 6:8 ) …and If we live simply, faithfully, so we can have more than we need…we’ll have more to give.

The question is…do YOU… abide “remain” in Him and His word? It is interesting how many times Jesus said abide in or remain in Him ‘and’ His word… It is a choice. John 15:7Nasb- “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.”… You just might want to study that word and see all the verses that say… we have a choice to remain in…. abide in. And many verses start with that powerful little word.”if”. Yes “We” are blessed to be a blessing… “if” we remain and abide in Him. That is Freewill….. “we” as Christians always have freewill or it’s not love. Love is always about making a right choice and acting on it.. so that love is seen, not just heard. After all by our love ALL men will know we are HIS disciples “if” you have love….for another.( John 13:35 )

Might want to look at amplified bible too, it is great resource to use in study of the word to build your “understanding”. John 15:7Amp- “If you live in Me [abide vitally united to Me] and My words remain in you and continue to live in your hearts, ask whatever you will, and it shall be done for you.” … Be Blessed then act like it..and bless another..That’s Love. It is about the other. (1Cor 13:4-7)…So seek first the Kingdom of God and His right living with right actions (See Mat 6:33 See also Amp)… To clearly follow the narrow road, and ‘remain’, ‘continue’  ‘stay’ in the light! (Psalm 119:105)

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I got Faith! So I get life more abundantly!….Soooo…. How come the world still has more and nicer stuff than me?? I “give” …so I am suppose to have more… Right??

The Christian life , the “life more abundant” is not ease and comfort! Not a life of physical prosperity now, as some would teach in great and harmful error to the detriment of the body of Christ; Or else the New Testament Christians would not have lived as they did-or died as they did! They would not have continued to be arrested and thrown to lions, would not have been tied to horses and ripped in four directions…would not have been dipped in oil and lit as torch’s for Caesar Nero’s garden. Or as Paul who wrote most of New Testament would not have stated he lived this way to the wealthy Corinthians, or I think he would have been ashamed to admit it here in his writing of chapter 4 of 1Corinthians …

1Cor4:11Nasb-“To the present hour we are hungry and thirsty, we are poorly clothed and beaten and homeless,”

If great faith is equivalent to seeing more and better things in your life, to be seen as God’s prosperity at work in this world through you.. Then we would have to say that almost all of the Christian’s of the new testament, and including Paul… Did not understand biblical faith! And that is not the case,  just remember  God spoke through them…”they” are part of the Truth in OUR bible;

And that is why, Paul also wrote…for “us” to see… 1Cor10:11Nasb- “And do not complain as some of them did, and were destroyed by the destroyer. 11 These things happened to them to serve as an example, and they were written down to instruct us, on whom the ends of the ages have come. 12 So if you think you are standing, watch out that you do not fall.”…
DO NOT follow error… If it does not agree with ALL of God’s word and His intentions form old to new… it does not agree and is not truth.

And God’s word DOES work exactly the same when spoken back then, as it does now, and EXACTLY the same in the poorest nation as it does here in the richest…. Today!

And just like it worked for Paul (God’s word)…it work’s same for us today! Because God is no respecter of persons. (Acts 10:34) When Paul was in prison… God sent Paul (through the Philippians) money to be kept for his release (only a right of a Roman citizen to have a saving box in prison!)…Which gave him great hope! God had met His current and or a future need by their contribution! (Philip4:14)

God will always met our needs…not our greeds,… but only in the way for where “you” were designed to fit in the body for His purpose, and how He ‘planned” to display His glory in your life… is ONLY determined by Him…Not ever by you naming and claiming it…. God does not have adjustable plans…. He made a plan for you to walk in before time. (Eph2:10) …Remember seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all things shall be added unto you. … So Think about it…

Because the world is starting to look at us now as back then, as something to ignore or destroy…not to believe and accept as the Truth that brings eternal life… And that is true abundance, only found in being satisfied with Jesus Christ, nothing else added by us to make it…more “comfortable” here.

The New Testament Christian lived giving away what they had …as the poor you always have with you. (Mat26:11)…But they decreased that He might increase. (John3:30)…They knew where their abundance was, and willingly died for it.
No grand houses, no fancy cars, no designer clothes, but no greater love has any man than to lay down His life for another.

Owning nice things is not wrong…but ask where is your heart if your seeking nicer things? (Luke12:34… where your heart is there is your treasure also.)…

Know why you seek them…and be honest; Because the man who could not follow Jesus and went away sad…was the rich one, who could not sell what He had, and give it all away when Jesus asked for it!…
Mark10:21-23-Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said, “You lack one thing; go, sell what you own, and give the money, to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.” 22 When he heard this, he was shocked and went away grieving, for he had many possessions.
23 Then Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it will be for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!”….

Think about it Jesus taught Prosperity as “True riches” that have nothing to do with the world… Luke16:11Amp-” Therefore if you have not been faithful in the [case of] unrighteous mammon (deceitful riches, money, possessions), who will entrust to you the true riches?” … Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness… and all else will be added (Mat6:33)….

That is always enough for your needs, to fulfil His plan, for you to display His glory… to the world as He planned for you. Like the Christians who died in bible, and like Paul in prison, or just Paul doing what God asked him to do. … Just like us, living the Christian life has nothing to do with things we posses, or don’t posses in and from this world…. Our abundance ALL comes from heaven in Christ Jesus.(Philip 4:19)… HEY! That was written by Paul while in the worst filthy prison you could ever have to stay in.

Paul was given his one monthly right as a Roman citizen to WRITE… a letter we call “book of Philippians”, also known as the book of Joy, as 19 times Paul mentions Joy in Philppians. God had a plan for Paul to walk in made before time,(Eph2:10) so God had Paul born in Rome for His glory to be revealed. … Just like you!

Think on it we have eternity in heaven with God our Father, and Christ Jesus our Lord! Wow that is an abundant gift to me… So learn how you are to display His glory here as “you” run your race, and help others run theirs… like the Christians IN the New Testament did.

And clearly follow the narrow road & stay in the light…of God’s Word.
Pastor Ernie
(Regarding Philippians and Paul learned from Rick Renner teaching, also has great book for studying with called… “Sparkling Gems” )

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