Tag Archive: Salvation


The Nountaineer

 

There is a spirit world that is just as it is described in “The Word Of God” and I have first hand experience with it! Do not think that there is a little guy in a red suit trying to get you to do bad things because he would rather just divert your attention from God’s truth and allow you to do what ever your heart desires as long as you avoid “Faith in Christ”!

The Spiritual Gifts from The Holy Spirit are provided to believers when they receive Eternal Life through Faith in their LORD and Savior, Jesus The Messiah or The Word of God who set aside His Prerogative to remain seated on the Throne of Glory, at the Right Hand of The Father. He then Chose to be born a human being, who are created in the image of God. It was Love that caused Him to do this and pity for this vast sea of humanity who were like sheep without a Shepard, wandering to and fro without hope. Mankind had been cursed along with all of creation and without a sinless Savior to become the Final and most complete sacrifice, there was no hope for mankind. After Our LORD paid the Great Price for our salvation, He then returned to Glory and 10 days later He sent the promised Holy Spirit at the time of Pentecost which meant that Jerusalem was filled with those who chose to worship the God of the Jewish people. This was the beginning of the “Church” which is the body of Christ, Also known as the “Bride of Christ” who will someday be snatched away to meet The Lord in the air or upper atmosphere which is called the “Second Heaven”. Actually, it could be anywhere, from where the clouds are to the outer atmosphere or “space”.

Now back to the “Gifts of The Spirit”. Each “true believer” receives at least one spiritual gift and these are available in the books of 1st Corinthians chapters 12, and 14, 1st Peter chapter 4, Ephesians chapter 4, Romans chapter1,verse11,  and of course in the book of Acts which describes the coming of The Holy Spirit at Pentecost.

Today is a time like no other in the history of the Earth. The battle is raging for the hearts, minds, and souls of our children. The enemy of all mankind has conceived all manner of traps, snares, and deceptions to keep or prevent as many human beings from knowing the Truth which is God’s Truth and no other. The battle is on Earth yet the primary players are in another realm or dimension. This takes an incredible amount of “Spiritual Discernment” as well as caution when defending against an invisible enemy who hates all of humanity because we are created in the image of God and God is their primary enemy. That which makes it even more difficult to understand is that the battle has already been won by “The Word of God”, when He died on the cross and paid the sin debt for all who will believe a simple yet astonishing truth. “We are “Saved By Faith”. All other religions are in one form or another, “works based” in their understanding of what is “good” and what is needed for atonement, of one sort or another.

The description of this spiritual battle in the Bible has proven to be absolutely true. I know this from personal experience yet it has taken decades for me to even begin to understand why I have seen and experienced all that I have. I finally turned to the Bible after God personally stepped into my life at the age of 30. There was a long interval where I was like a ship without a rudder because I received Christ as my Savior at the age of 6 and for a variety of reasons why, it took a long time for me to look to “The Book” for some answers. It is now like daily food that is every bit as important as food for the body. The better the nutrition for the body then the healthier will be the body, and it is the same for our soul and spirit! Without daily feeding on God’s word, we become not only malnourished but leave ourselves open to attack by “the enemy”. This does not mean that we are not attacked daily any way, it means that we are better prepared to resist the attacks. I have found that for me it is necessary to listen to the audio Bible daily if possible and listen every evening to as many of my favorite Bible expositors as possible. Since I live alone it is possible for me to spend most of my waking hours filling my mind with God’s truths. It is something like an immunization. The enemy still tries to get a foot-hold in my life but when his attacks happen, I know why and do not turn and run but stand my ground with the addition of spiritual armor from God and can even use the LORD’s offensive weapon which is God’s Word! Do not allow anyone to even try to convince you that there is no devil or demons or even Holy Angels for that matter. I can say that with confidence because I have seen and experienced the spirit world. I have even seen God’s hand at work! Be prepared, for the battle in the heavenly places is underway as you read this!

 

The Nountaineer

 
Our lives consist of the many desires, needs, cares and disappointments that form who we are especially in our formative years.

After this we strive to understand who we are and what we should do with this life that we have been given by God. This is of course referring to those who believe in The God of Creation. Those who do not, lack the basic moorings necessary to achieve true joy and peace within their lifetimes. Very few that do not receive the Gift of Eternal Life when they are young, ever do so later in life. This unfortunately encompasses most of humanity. They have what is called a God shaped void within their soul that can only be filled by God Himself. People try to fill that spiritual void with every conceivable form of fulfillment including all things sinful which I will not try to enumerate at this time. Most people, deep in their soul know what sin is. God has given all of us a conscience that tells us that something is wrong. After a person suppresses these pangs of conscience over and over, their conscience becomes calloused and is no longer sensitive to their God given inner warning system and then eternal life is not likely in their lives.. That is the way it is and no one can force an adult person to do what is right, nor should they, apart from the criminal justice system. All we can do is witness to them or simply set an example of how we should behave and act, like a Christian should act, in their presence, and pray for them. It is quite often not wise to witness because of their hostility toward Christianity therefore our behavior and especially our love for our “neighbor” is all we have to show the way of “Eternal Salvation“.We need to ask God for His Holy Spirit to give us discernment for each and every situation.

When we pray, we are to pray for specific needs, wants or intervention. We should get out of the bad habit of just asking God to “Bless” this person or that situation. The Lord wants us to develop a truly meaningful prayer life with Him as part of the “Personal Relationship” that he not only wants but also commands us to develop with Him.

As for those who are true believers, we are to direct our focus upon The Lord of our Salvation and try our best to please Him through obedience, which is empowered by the Holy Spirit who dwells within us. We need to seek His perfect will for our lives on an individual basis. We need to ask The LORD to reveal to us how we are to use our Spiritual Gifts for the edification of the Body of Christ. What is your Gift or Gifts? How can we be sure what they are? It takes prayer and the study of God’s Word to discover our Gifts and then put them into practice. I am trying to learn to properly use the gift of “Spiritual Discernment” , which is properly called “Discerning of Spirits”, that He gave to me. I did not ask for this gift nor would I have asked! I say this in retrospect because it has been a great burden for me.