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Why Good Works Won’t Work

“Heaven never gets worse, only better. Hell never gets better, only worse.” Bruce Wilkinson

Do not be confused: Your good works can never lessen the torment of hell, in the same way that an evil work (sin) cannot lessen the joys of heaven. Please read on…

The Bible clearly tells us that we must be completely sinless to enter Heaven.

9 Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit or have any share in the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate [by perversion], nor those who participate in homosexuality, 10 nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers [whose words are used as weapons to abuse, insult, humiliate, intimidate, or slander], nor swindlers will inherit or have any share in the kingdom of God [This list of sinners is used by Paul to describe various sinful lifestyles. All such lifestyles are impossible for true believers, who continue to sin but not to live lives of sin]. 11 And such were some of you [before you believed]. But you were washed [by the atoning sacrifice of Christ], you were sanctified [set apart for God, and made holy], you were justified [declared free of guilt] in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the [Holy] Spirit of our God [the source of the believer’s new life and changed behavior].

1 Corinthians 6:9-11

That’s impossible, right? No one can solve the problem of sin on his/her own. What if I told you that the penalty for sin, even one sin, is death. Doesn’t seem fair does it? Let’s face it, none of us is perfect, we all sin, but the punishment according to the Bible is in fact, death. Ever since Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden, death, both physical and spiritual, has been the consequence. In the book of Genesis we read,

16 And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “You may freely (unconditionally) eat [the fruit] from every tree of the garden; 17 but [only] from the tree of the knowledge (recognition) of good and evil you shall not eat, otherwise on the day that you eat from it, you shall most certainly die [Both spiritually and physically, physical death in the sense of becoming mortal; they were created immortal-because of your disobedience].

Genesis 2:16-17

And in the New Testament we read:

For the wages of sin, is death.  Romans 6:23

Ponder this, suppose I went before a judge and was sentenced to die. However, I told the judge that I would spend the rest of my life doing a lot of community service. Would that work?

Of course not. So, there is no solution, is there? There is no hope.

Unless…I could find someone to be a perfect substitute. What if I could find someone who volunteered to substitute for me, to stand in my place, when it came time for God to judge me? Mind you that person would have to be 100% good. That would be great, wouldn’t it?

The Bible says that Jesus was God’s only Son and He alone lived on this earth without sin. In fact, God sent His only Son to earth so that He could be our substitute, die in our place, and pay the penalty for our sin, once and for all.

You have a choice to make. You can believe in your ‘good’ works, and hope you are correct, or you can believe in Jesus Christ and His death on your behalf.

For God so [greatly] loved and dearly prized the world, that He [even] gave His [One and] only begotten Son [Jesus, God’s only Son, the One who is truly unique, the only one of His kind], so that whoever believes and trusts in Him [as Savior] shall not perish, but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send the Son into the world to judge and condemn the world [that is, to initiate the final judgment of the world], but that the world might be saved through Him.  John 3:16-17

If you are not sure that heaven is your destination, I urge you to put your faith in what Jesus said. If you want to put your full trust in Him, then why not pray this prayer….

Dear God, I am sorry for my sins, and now I know I cannot do anything to fix them. I accept Your Son’s death as full payment for my sins, and I receive the Lord Jesus Christ as my Savior. And Jesus, I am going to start serving You right now! In Your name, amen.

Friend, this is a prayer that God ALWAYS answers and is delighted to hear. If you just put your full trust in Jesus for your salvation, your eternal destination has already permanently changed from hell to heaven! Welcome to the family of God. You are now a new creation in Jesus. The Bible says:

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ [that is, grafted in, joined to Him by faith in Him as Savior], he is a new creature [reborn and renewed by the Holy Spirit]; the old things [the previous moral and spiritual condition] have passed away. Behold, new things have come [because spiritual awakening brings a new life]. 2 Corinthians 5:17

You now have eternal life as stated in John 3:16. Now you are a child of God and an heir of salvation.

Therefore you are no longer a slave (bond-servant), but a son; and if a son, then also an heir through [the gracious act of] God [through Christ].  Galatians 4:7

From this moment on, you do not have to hope that your good works will add up to your salvation, because like every other true follower of Jesus, you now understand the meaning of these well-known verses:

For it is by grace [God’s remarkable compassion and favor drawing you to Christ] that you have been saved [actually delivered from judgment and given eternal life] through faith. And this [salvation] is not of yourselves [not through your own effort], but it is the [undeserved, gracious] gift of God; not as a result of [your] works [nor your attempts to keep the Law], so that no one will [be able to] boast or take credit in any way [for his salvation].  Ephesians 2:8-9

Because of this grace, you will never experience in eternity the negative consequences for your sins, because Jesus took those on Himself.

If you have prayed this prayer, please contact us so that we may send you some materials to help you in your walk.

 

 

Satan Loses Another Battle

Change is something we tend to fear and become anxious about because we do not feel in control of life. The good news is that God has a plan for your life, hope, a future, and to prosper. If we trust in God and allow the change to grow us to become more like Jesus Christ in how we respond and act, then we are promised that all things will work together for good for those who love Him and keep His commandments. Romans 8:28

This weekend we met a single mother of four children who are in foster care for the time being. We are elated and thankful to God  that with His leading,  we were able to her to get the help and support that she needs . She is a homeless, Christian woman struggling with addiction, depression, lack of self worth, and a need to escape domestic abuse. God has provided a roof over her head, a wonderful support group,  and hope for a productive future.

There is always hope.

If you struggle with addiction, abuse, depression, anxiety, fear and panic disorders, self-mutilation, suicidal thoughts and/or tendencies, or any of the other issues mentioned on this website, please reach out to us. You do not need to be in our home town to receive our help. We will do whatever we can to get you the help and support that you need.

Please email your story to us at outofseasonministries@outlook.com.

All names are kept anonymous.

All we ask is that you allow us to pray for you and help in any way we are able.

You are not alone. God desires to show you His love. I beg you to allow Him.

God already knows you are afraid. All He asks is that you step out in faith.

Do not be anxious or worried about anything, but in everything [every circumstance and situation] by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, continue to make your [specific] requests known to God. And the peace of God [that peace which reassures the heart, that peace] which transcends all understanding, [that peace which] stands guard over your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus [is yours].

Finally, believers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable and worthy of respect, whatever is right and confirmed by God’s word, whatever is pure and wholesome, whatever is lovely and brings peace, whatever is admirable and of good repute; if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think continually on these things [center your mind on them, and implant them in your heart]. Philippians 4:6-8

Lose Yourself to Gain Yourself

And He (Jesus) was saying to them all, “If anyone wishes to follow Me [as My disciple], he must deny himself [set aside selfish interests], and take up his cross daily [expressing a willingness to endure whatever may come] and follow Me [believing in Me, conforming to My example in living and, if need be, suffering or perhaps dying because of faith in Me].

Luke 9:23

When I was dealing with discouragement and despair I noticed that it was because I was putting my focus and trust in everything else besides God. I was constantly dwelling on my problems and taking my eyes off of God.

Self-preoccupation is disorienting, because when we are looking at ourselves we are not looking to Jesus. and we are not looking at the road we are running on. The Bible states that Jesus is our example in Hebrews 12:1-2:

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses [who by faith have testified to the truth of God’s absolute faithfulness], stripping off every unnecessary weight and the sin which so easily and cleverly entangles us, let us run with endurance and active persistence the race that is set before us, [looking away from all that will distract us and] focusing our eyes on Jesus, who is the Author and Perfecter of faith [the first incentive for our belief and the One who brings our faith to maturity], who for the joy [of accomplishing the goal] set before Him endured the cross, disregarding the shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God [revealing His deity, His authority, and the completion of His work].

Note: Sometimes the public shame of the cross is overlooked when one thinks of the pain and agony inflicted by it, but in the Roman Empire crucifixion was a shameful and disgraceful way to die, a form of capital punishment from which Roman citizens were exempt; and in Roman comedy it was used in a curse: “Go to a bad cross!”

It is disappointing because we never find in ourselves what we are looking for. Therefore, it frequently leads to discouragement and despair. Ironically, we are often lured into self-centered introspection, which leads us into a vicious cycle of self-improvement efforts, self-indulgence, self-disillusionment, and new self-resolves.

When you do this that gives the devil an opportunity to tell lies such as God is not near you and He will not help you.

Please don’t listen to these lies. I found out what I was doing wrong and I went into prayer mode.

Take your eyes off the things of this world. Allow difficulty to bring you to your knees in prayer. Fight off those lies by crying for help. Trust in the Lord, not your circumstances.

The Bible states that Satan is a liar and deceiver. Follow:

Be sober [well balanced and self-disciplined], be alert and cautious at all times. That enemy of yours, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion [fiercely hungry], seeking someone to devour. But resist him, be firm in your faith [against his attack—rooted, established, immovable], knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being experienced by your brothers and sisters throughout the world. [You do not suffer alone.] 1 Peter 5:8-9

The one who practices sin [separating himself from God, and offending Him by acts of disobedience, indifference, or rebellion] is of the devil [and takes his inner character and moral values from him, not God]; for the devil has sinned and violated God’s law from the beginning. The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil. 1 John 3:8

Jesus tells us that if we are not of Him, we are of the devil:

He who is not with Me [once and for all on My side] is against Me; and he who does not[unequivocally] gather with Me scatters. Matthew 12:30

He who is not with Me [believing in Me as Lord and Savior] is against Me [there is no impartial position]; and he who does not gather with Me [assisting in My ministry], scatters. Luke 11:23

43 Why do you misunderstand what I am saying? It is because [your spiritual ears are deaf and] you are unable to hear [the truth of] My word. 44 You are of your father the devil, and it is your will to practice the desires [which are characteristic] of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks what is natural to him, for he is a liar and the father of lies and half-truths. John 8:43-44

The key to overcoming despair is keeping your mind on the Lord, which will keep your mind at peace.

Set your mind and keep focused habitually on the things above [the heavenly things], not on things that are on the earth [which have only temporal value]. Colossians 3:2

Take your eyes off the things of this world. Allow difficulty to bring you to your knees in prayer. Fight off those lies by crying for help. Trust in the Lord, not your circumstances.

But first and most importantly seek (aim at, strive after) His kingdom and His righteousness[His way of doing and being right—the attitude and character of God], and all these things will be given to you also. Matthew 6:33

You Are A New Creation. Halleluyah!

Therefore, if anyone is united with the Messiah, he is a new creation — the old has passed; look, what has come is fresh and new!                               2 Corinthians 5:17 CJB

Regeneration, which consists of two things; namely, 1. Weanedness from the world: “Henceforth we know no man after the flesh, v. 16. We do not own nor affect any person or thing in this world for carnal ends and outward advantage: we are enabled, by divine grace, not to mind nor regard this world, nor the things of this world, but to live above it. The love of Christ is in our hearts, and the world is under our feet.” Note, Good Christians must enjoy the comforts of this life, and their relations in this world, with a holy indifference. Yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet, says the apostle, we know him no more. It is questioned whether Paul had seen Christ in the flesh. However, the rest of the apostles had, and so might some among those he was now writing to. However, he would not have them value themselves upon that account; for even the bodily presence of Christ is not to be desired nor doted upon by his disciples. We must live upon his spiritual presence, and the comfort it affords. Note, Those who make images of Christ, and use them in their worship, do not take the way that God has appointed for strengthening their faith and quickening their affections; for it is the will of God that we should not know Christ any more after the flesh. 2. A thorough change of the heart: For if any man be in Christ, if any man be a Christian indeed, and will approve himself such, he is, or he must be, a new creature, v. 17. Some read it, Let him be a new creature. This ought to be the care of all who profess the Christian faith, that they be new creatures; not only that they have a new name, and wear a new livery, but that they have a new heart and new nature. And so great is the change the grace of God makes in the soul, that, as it follows, old things are passed away—old thoughts, old principles, and old practices, are passed away; and all these things must become new. Note, Regenerating grace creates a new world in the soul; all things are new. The renewed man acts from new principles, by new rules, with new ends, and in new company.

What’s Your Story ?

 What’s Your Story? How did you come to know Jesus Christ? That is your testimony, and every Christian has one. Some stories be more radical than others, but every testimony is significant. Perhaps you have heard the testimony of some person who came from an extreme background tell of how they were delivered from drugs or alcoholism. They were a gang member or a prostitute. They served time in prison. I received an e-mail from a man who came to Christ at our crusade in 1991. He writes: “On that divine Thursday evening in 1991, God took this lost, suicidal, hardened, 15-year-old member of the Crips and radically transformed me. My life was instantly revolutionized, and I’ve never been the same since. Next month, I will celebrate 23 years in the Lord. By God’s grace I’ve had the privilege of ministering His Word all around the world. Had I not gone to the Harvest Crusade that evening, I’m confident that I would now either be dead or in prison!” What an amazing testimony! However, his testimony is no better than yours. Just different. When I was a young Christian, I remember a girl telling me she was going to go back into the world because she wanted a “more dramatic testimony.” She never came back. Listen, not everyone’s story may be dramatic, but everyone’s conversion is drastic, because when you get down to it, God essentially does the same thing for all of us at conversion: We were all separated from Him by sin. We were all going to hell. We all come to salvation through the cross. And now we are headed for heaven. Everyone’s story is legit. Why? Because we all essentially start from the same place and we all experience dramatic change at the hand of God. And no matter how different their circumstances may be from yours, those who listen to your testimony can recognize that they too are sinners and need change—they can see a part of their story in yours. When you share your faith with others, one of the best tools in your evangelistic toolbox is your personal testimony. But it should always be a bridge to share the gospel. Your story points them to the greatest story ever told: the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. So, what’s your story? By Pastor/Evangelist Greg Laurie

Nothing Too Hard For God

We Must Not Limit God

We too often place limits on God. We pray differently for someone with a headache versus someone who has a terminal disease.

Do not forget that God can provide a million dollars just as easily as a nickel.

Now to him who by his power working in us, is able to do far beyond anything we can ask or imagine…  Ephesians 3:20 CJB

They said to him, “Where is Sarah your wife?” He said, “There, in the tent.” 10 He said, “I will certainly return to you around this time next year, and Sarah your wife will have a son.” Sarah heard him from the entrance of the tent, behind him. 11 Avraham and Sarah were old, advanced in years; Sarah was past the age of childbearing. 12 So Sarah laughed to herself, thinking, “I am old, and so is my lord; am I to have pleasure again?” 13 Adonai said to Avraham, “Why did Sarah laugh and ask, ‘Am I really going to bear a child when I am so old?’ 14 Is anything too hard for Adonai? At the time set for it, at this season next year, I will return to you; and Sarah will have a son.” (ii) 15 Sarah denied it, saying, “I didn’t either laugh,” because she was afraid. He said, “Not so — you did laugh.”

Genesis 18:9-15 CJB

“Look, I am Adonai, the God of every living creature; is there anything too hard for me? Jeremiah 32:27 CJB

 

Sweet and Salty Speech

 

Behave wisely toward outsiders, making full use of every opportunity — let your conversation always be gracious and interesting, so that you will know how to respond to any particular individual. Colossians 4:5-6 CJB

A friend once urged me to try a new drink at my local coffeehouse rather than the hot chocolate I usually order. When the barista cracked some sea salt on top of a mug of caramel hot cocoa and its mounds of whipped cream, I’ll admit, I was skeptical. But I trusted my friend’s advice and tried it and … Oh. My. Word. Who would’ve thought?

On the periodic table of elements (which I haven’t looked at since high school) it’s sodium chloride — NaCl. Salt is the number one flavor enhancer in the world and used in numerous cultures. In fact, over a quarter billion pounds of salt are produced each year.

Diners put a dash of salt on their casseroles, sprinkle it on piping hot potatoes and add a pinch or two to a bowl of soup. Salt is even added to sweet things to intensify their sweetness, thus the deliciousness overload of the salted caramel hot cocoa. My father always puts it on his slices of melon. And have you ever tasted dark chocolate with sea salt? Heavenly.

One time I forgot to add salt to a mint brownie recipe. When I tasted a bite, there was plenty of mint and cocoa powder, the two main flavors of the dish, but somehow it just didn’t taste right. Even though the recipe called for only half a teaspoon, omitting the salt ruined the normally delicious treat. It takes only a little salt to coax out the wonderful flavor of other things around it.

In  Colossians 4 we see our speech should be seasoned with salt and gracious. And we’re told to know how to give the right answer to everyone. Might it mean that we should ask ourselves if we are bringing out sweetness in both our choice of words and in our conversations with others — especially online conversations where we not only start a conversation but often give answers?

In the Sermon on the Mount, at one point, Jesus states: “You are salt for the Land. But if salt becomes tasteless, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything except being thrown out for people to trample on.” Matthew 5:13 CJB

100 Truths About Jesus

A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic — on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg — or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. – C.S. Lewis

 

1) Jesus claimed to be God – John 8:24 8:56-59 10:30-33

2) Jesus created all things – John 1:3; Col 1:15-17

3) Jesus is before all things – Colossians 1:17

4) Jesus is eternal – John 1:1, 14 8:58

5) Jesus is honored the same as the Father – John 5:23

6) Jesus is prayed to – Acts 7:55-60

7) Jesus is worshipped – Matthew 2:2, 11; 14:33; John 9:35-38; Hebrews 1:6

8) Jesus is called God – John 1:1, 14; 20:28; Colossians 2:9; Titus 2:13

9) Jesus is omnipresent – Matthew 28:20

10 Jesus is with us always – Matthew 28:20

11) Jesus is our only mediator between God and ourselves – 1 Timothy 2:5

12) Jesus is the guarantee of a better covenant – Hebrews 7:22 8:6

13) Jesus said, “I AM the Bread of Life” – John 6:35, 41, 48, 51

14) Jesus said, “I AM the Door” – John 10:7, 9

15) Jesus said, “I AM the Good Shepherd” – John 10:11, 14

16) Jesus said, “I AM the Way the Truth and The Life” – John 14:6

17) Jesus said, “I AM the Light of the world” – John 8:12; 9:5; 12:46; Luke 2:32

18) Jesus said, “I AM the True Vine” – John 15:1, 5

19) Jesus said, “I AM the Resurrection and the Life” – John 11:25

20) Jesus said, “I AM the First and the Last” – Revelation 1:17; 2:8 22:13

21) Jesus always lives to make intercession for us – Hebrews 7:25

22) Jesus cleanses from sin – 1 John 1:9

23) Jesus discloses Himself to us – John 14:21

24) Jesus draws all men to Himself – John 12:32

25) Jesus forgives sins – Matt 9:1-7; Luke 5:20 7:48

26) Jesus gives eternal life – John 10:28 5:40

27) Jesus gives joy – John 15:11

28) Jesus gives peace – John 14:27

29) Jesus has authority – Matthew 28:18; John 5:26-27; 17:2 3:35

30) Jesus judges – John 5:22, 27

31) Jesus knows all men – John 16:30

32) Jesus opens the mind to understand scripture – Luke 24:45

33) Jesus received honor and glory from the Father – 2 Peter 1:17

34) Jesus resurrects – John 5:39; 6:40, 44, 54 11:25-26

35) Jesus reveals grace and truth – John 1:1,; John 6:45

36) Jesus reveals the Father – Matthew 11:27; Luke 10:22

37) Jesus saves forever – Matthew 18:11; John 10:28; Hebrews 7:25

38) Jesus bears witness of Himself – John 8:18 14:6

39) Jesus’ works bear witness of Himself – John 5:36 10:25

40) The Father bears witness of Jesus – John 5:37; 8:18; 1 John 5:9

41) The Holy Spirit bears witness of Jesus – John 15:26

42) The multitudes bear witness of Jesus – John 12:17

43) The Prophets bear witness of Jesus – Acts 10:43

44) The Scriptures bear witness of Jesus – John 5:39

45) The Father will honor us if we serve Jesus – John 12:26; Colossians 3:24

46) The Father wants us to fellowship with Jesus – 1 Corinthians 1:9

47) The Father tells us to listen to Jesus – Luke 9:35; Matthew 17:5

48) The Father tells us to come to Jesus – John 6:45

49) The Father draws us to Jesus – John 6:44

50) Everyone who’s heard & learned from the Father comes to Jesus – John 6:45

51) The Law leads us to Christ – Galatians 3:24

52) Jesus is the Rock – 1 Corinthians 10:4

53) Jesus is the Savior – John 4:42; 1 John 4:14

54) Jesus is King – Matthew 2:1-6; Luke 23:3

55) In Jesus are the treasures of wisdom and knowledge – Colossians 2:2-3

56) In Jesus we have been made complete – Colossians 2:10

57) Jesus indwells us – Colossians 1:27

58) Jesus sanctifies – Hebrews 2:11

59) Jesus loves – Ephesians 5:25

60) We come to Jesus – John 5:50; 6:35, 37, 45, 65; 7:37;

61) We sin against Jesus – 1 Corinthians 8:12

62) We receive Jesus – John 1:12; Colossians 2:6

63) Jesus makes many righteous – Romans 5:19

64) Jesus is the image of the invisible God – Hebrews 1:3

65) Jesus sends the Holy Spirit – John 15:26

66) Jesus abides forever – Hebrews 7:24

67) Jesus offered up Himself – Hebrews 7:27 9:14

68) Jesus offered one sacrifice for sins for all time – Hebrews 10:12

69) The Son of God has given us understanding – 1 John 5:20

70) Jesus is the author and perfecter of our faith – Hebrews 12:2

71) Jesus is the Apostle and High Priest of our confession – Hebrews 1:3

72) Jesus is preparing a place for us in heaven – John 14:1-4

73) Jesus cleanses us from our sins by His blood – Revelation 1:5; Romans 5:9

74) Jesus is the Light of the world – Romans 9:5

75) Jesus has explained the Father – John 1:18

76) Jesus was crucified because of weakness – 2 Corinthians 13:4

77) Jesus has overcome the world – John 16:33

78) Truth is in Jesus – Ephesians 4:21

79) The fruit of righteousness comes through Jesus Christ – Philippians 1:11

80) Jesus delivers us from the wrath to come – 1 Thessalonians 1:10

81) Disciples bear witness of Jesus Christ – John 15:27

82) Jesus died and rose again – 1 Thessalonians 4:14

83) The Christian dead have fallen asleep in Jesus – 1 Thessalonians 4:15

84) Jesus died for us – 1 Thessalonians 5:10

85) Jesus tasted death for everyone – Hebrews 2:9

86) Jesus rendered the devil powerless – Hebrews 2:14

87) Jesus is able to save completely – Hebrews 7:25

88) Jesus was a ransom for many and to serve – Matthew 20:28

89) Jesus came to be a high priest – Hebrews 2:17

90) Jesus came to save – John 3:17; Luke 19:10

91) Jesus came to preach the kingdom of God – Luke 4:43

92) Jesus came to bring division – Luke 12:51

93) Jesus came to do the will of the Father – John 6:38

94) Jesus came to give the Father’s words – John 17:8

95) Jesus came to testify to the truth – John 18:37

96) Jesus came to die and destroy Satan’s power – Hebrews 2:14

97) Jesus came to fulfill the Law and the Prophets – Matthew 5:17

98) Jesus came to give life – John 10:10, 28

99) Jesus came to taste death for everyone – Hebrews 2:9

100) Jesus came to proclaim freedom for believers – Luke 4:18

Be Aware: Occult Symbolism that is Hidden in Plain Sight

Over thirty years ago I was involved with Menconi Ministries, an organization founded on keeping parents involved in their children’s lives. The purpose was to aid parents and grandparents in connecting communicating with their children and grandchildren so they could instill family values and lead them to Jesus. One of these ways was to be informed as to the music these children were listening to and to share with them the dangers of the modern day musicians. As most of you know, Lucifier, (Satan) was the Worship leader in Heaven. He  is now the worship leader of the Earth. Not of Christ Jesus, but to himself. This is a perfect example:

There are many symbolisms and occult references that stand out in the music culture today. From historical artifacts, to the music artists today, it seems the occult world has never really gone away, but in fact has become more flagrant and blatant. The problem is that many are unaware of the meanings behind what many consider to be just artistic entertainment that appeals to the senses with no real hidden meanings, or agendas behind them. There are many artists that promote their music through occult influence. The evidence that will be provided will show striking similarities with occult ideologies that are synonymous with many artists in the music industry.

Kanye West is a popular musical artist who promotes music and imagery with deep occult meaning, which is rooted in Freemasonry. The pictures presented will parallel historical pictures from ancient cultures to recent ones. There are too many similarities for it to be just coincidence. The music culture has aligned itself with something much more than just poetic lyrics and sounds, but is progressing into something much bigger that is symbolic of the veil that is thinning between the physical and spiritual realm. It is important to be aware of the occult agenda that is manifesting in greater force these days.

The representation of the pillars behind Kanye West are ubiquitous with many cultures as an entrance, or gateway which holds the key to power and enlightenment. Kanye West is pictured at the gateway as the chosen one to represent the hidden rulers of the world that reside behind him.

The ancient Egyptian god, or deity known as Horus was considered to be the Sky god, which represented the symbol of the single seeing eye. The one eye is the most well known in occult symbolism as the all-seeing-eye; the Great Seal of the United States originates from Horus

The symbolism of Horus is very important in Freemasonry. The path of the initiate, through the Masonic degrees, is described as the process by which the Eye of Horus is opened.

The pillared gateway is for the exclusive illuminated ones. Kanye West is wearing a Horus pendant, which has importance and significant meaning not only in ancient Egyptian culture, but in Freemasonry as well.

The horned females next to Kanye represent two goddesses ofancient Egypt, Isis and Hathor. Isis was the goddess of nature, magic, and motherhood. Hathor was the goddess of music, dance, and fertility. They are known as the protectors of the dead as they journey into the afterlife.

In the occult, the initiate symbolically dies and is reborn. Kanye West is standing under the sword of Damocales as part of a Masonic ritual to obtain the 33rd degree. The rite happens in public; the more there are witnesses, the more power is given. In a metaphorical sense, Kanye West kills off his former self and is reborn to receive power right in front of the eyes of the public audience.

 

Eight Ways Jesus Suffered for You

1. He was betrayed by His disciple Judas. Jesus’ pain was not just physical. Can you imagine the sorrow He felt when one of His own trusted friends became the ultimate traitor? We aren’t exactly sure how to calculate the modern value of 30 pieces of silver, but many scholars suggest about $950. All the pain Jesus endured on Good Friday began the night before, when Judas took blood money to have his Master arrested.

Think about it: There’s a bit of Judas in all of us, and we all betrayed Jesus to get our own way. Yet He chose to forgive us!

2. He was abandoned by His other followers. We often focus on Peter’s denial of Jesus. But the Scriptures remind us that all of Jesus’ disciples “left Him and fled” after His arrest (Mark 14:50, NASB). Jesus had to suffer alone. All the men He had taught and invested in for three and a half years abandoned Him in His hour of need.

Think about it: Jesus paid it all. He accomplished His work of redemption without our help. But He forgave us for our denials!

3. He carried the burden of the sins of the world. Jesus’ greatest agony didn’t start on the cross. It began at Gethsemane, where God laid on His Son the sins of the world. Jesus agonized so intensely in those moments that He sweat drops of blood (Luke 22:44). Scholars say He probably developed a condition known as hematidrosis, in which blood is emitted through the sweat glands because of intense stress.

Think about it: Your sin was transferred to Jesus’ account, and He bore the punishment you deserved!

4. He was falsely accused and rejected by Jewish leaders. Can you imagine the heartache Jesus experienced when the very people He was sent to save spat in His face, blindfolded Him, cursed Him and accused Him of blasphemy? The Sanhedrin set up a kangaroo court and sentenced the Son of God to death.

Think about it: Jesus did not open His mouth in self-defense when He was falsely accused. Now, when Satan accuses you, Jesus argues your case and declares you not guilty!

5. He was mocked and abused by Roman guards. After Pilate caved into pressure from the Jews, Roman soldiers flogged Jesus with a whip, drove a crown of thorns into His scalp, beat His head with sticks and mockingly pretended to worship Him. The flogging alone—which would have involved leather cords with pieces of lead or bone attached—would have drained much of Jesus’ blood.

Think about it: Jesus could have called on angels to stop His torture—but He chose to endure the pain because He loved us!

6. He was crucified between two thieves. We cannot even fathom the pain of crucifixion. Metal spikes were driven into Jesus’ hands and feet, and He had to slide His mangled body up against the wood of the cross in order to catch His breath. And because it was the habit of Romans to crucify criminals naked, Jesus endured the ultimate shame. What’s more, He hung on that crude cross next to two men who had been convicted of crimes—while He was completely innocent.

Think about it: We should have been on death row, not Jesus. But He took our place!

7. His body was pierced with a spear. Even after Jesus took His last breath, a soldier jabbed a spear up through the chest cavity—most likely to make sure Jesus was dead. John tells us that blood and water spilled out (John 19:34), evidence that the spear pierced the pericardium, the sac around the heart. Jesus’ heart was literally broken for us.

Think about it: Just as Adam’s side was opened to bring forth the first woman, Jesus’ side was opened to bring forth the church. His piercing produced a fountain of life for us!

8. He tasted death for all. This is the most horrible reality of the cross. Christ did not die metaphorically or symbolically. He died literally. The Son of God, who had never sinned—and who was least deserving of death—died so we could have life. His heart stopped beating, He stopped breathing and His spirit left Him. First Peter 3:18 says: “For Christ also died for sins once and for all, the just for the unjust, so that He might bring us to God.”

Think about it: Because Jesus died in our place, we no longer have to die. Eternal life is His free gift to us!

This Easter season, ponder the steps the Savior took from Gethsemane to Golgotha. Look at His nail-pierced hands and feet. Take a careful survey of His wondrous cross, and thank Him for hanging there six hours for you.