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What If God Talked Slang Like We Do?

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What If God Talked Slang Like We Do?

  • Would you be offended?
  • Would you get the point?

 

Warning: This is not meant to be a mockery of Holy Scriptures. Nor is it meant to be sacrilegious or demeaning.

Some church members seem to read the Bible without getting the point. They act like they don’t understand what is written even when it is talking to them. That made me wonder if they would understand it better if it God talked like they did.

I apologize ahead of time if this is offensive in your mind to God or His Word.

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What If When God Gave You What You Wanted, Then Took Away Something More Important And Said… “How Do You Like Them Apples?”

Psa 106:15 And he gave them their request; but sent leanness into their soul.

 

What If God Let Something Unexpected Or Unpleasant Happen To You And Then Said… “Deal With It”?

Num.11:31 And there went forth a wind from the LORD, and brought quails from the sea, and let them fall by the camp, as it were a day’s journey on this side, and as it were a day’s journey on the other side, round about the camp, and as it were two cubits high upon the face of the earth.

Num.11:32 And the people stood up all that day, and all that night, and all the next day, and they gathered the quails: he that gathered least gathered ten homers: and they spread them all abroad for themselves round about the camp.

Num. 11:33 And while the flesh was yet between their teeth, ere it was chewed, the wrath of the LORD was kindled against the people, and the LORD smote the people with a very great plague.

Num. 11:34 And he called the name of that place Kibrothhattaavah: because there they buried the people that lusted.

 

 What If God Said, “I Hate Your Guts”?

Rom. 9:13 As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated.

 

What If God Posted A List Of People He Hates?

Prov. 6:16 These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:

Prov. 6:17 A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,

Prov. 6:18 An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,

Prov. 6:19 A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.

 

What If The Bible Said: “You’re Crazy.”

Gal. 3:1 O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you?

 

What If The Bible Said: “You’re Full Of The Devil.”

1Sa 2:12 Now the sons of Eli were sons of Belial; they knew not the LORD.

John 8:44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

 

What If God Said, “What’s Wrong With You?”

Gen 21:17 And God heard the voice of the lad; and the angel of God called to Hagar out of heaven, and said unto her, What aileth thee, Hagar? fear not; for God hath heard the voice of the lad where he is.

 

What If God Said: “Not In A Million Years”?

Judges 2:1 And an angel of the LORD came up from Gilgal to Bochim, and said, I made you to go up out of Egypt, and have brought you unto the land which I sware unto your fathers; and I said, I will never break my covenant with you.

 

What If God Said: “Don’t Go Stupid On Me”?

Gal 3:3 Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?

 

What If God Said: “You’re Driving Me Crazy”?

Isa 1:14 Your new moons and your appointed feasts my soul hateth: they are a trouble unto me; I am weary to bear them.

 

What If God Said: “I’m Sick And Tired Of You”?

Isa 7:13 And he said, Hear ye now, O house of David; Is it a small thing for you to weary men, but will ye weary my God also?

 

What If God Said: “If You Don’t Like It, Go To Hell”?

2Th 2:12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

 

What If God Said: “You Never Were Any Good”?

Acts 7:51 Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye.

 

What If God Said: “Are You Stupid Or Something?”

KJV – Matt. 15:16 And Jesus said, Are ye also yet without understanding?

MSG – Matt. 15:16 Jesus replied, “You too? Are you being willfully stupid?

 

What If God Said, “Who Do You Think You Are?”

Rom 9:20 Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus?

 

What If God Said, “If You Do That, I’ll Act Like I Don’t Know You”?

Mat 7:23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

Luke 13:25 When once the master of the house is risen up, and hath shut to the door, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us; and he shall answer and say unto you, I know you not whence ye are:

Luke 13:26 Then shall ye begin to say, We have eaten and drunk in thy presence, and thou hast taught in our streets.

Luke 13:27 But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity.

 

What If God Said, “Get Out Of My Face”?

Luke 13:27 But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity.

 

What If God Said, “It’s My Way Or The Highway”?

John 10:7 Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep.

John 10:1 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.

 

What If Jesus Called You A Snake In The Grass?

Mat 23:33 Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?

 

What If The Bible Called You A Pervert?

Acts 13:10 And said, O full of all subtilty and all mischief, thou child of the devil, thou enemy of all righteousness, wilt thou not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord?

Gal 1:7 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.

 

What If The Bible Said You Look Like A Hooker?

Prov. 7:10 And, behold, there met him a woman with the attire of an harlot, and subtil of heart.

 

What If The Bible Called You A Big Baby?

Heb 5:13 For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.

 

What If God Called You A Crook?

Mal 3:8 Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings.

 

What If Jesus Said, “I’m Outa Here”?

John 16:7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.

John 16:8 And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:

John 16:9 Of sin, because they believe not on me;

John 16:10 Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more;

 

What If God Said, “You Talking to Me?”

John 8:5 Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou?

Joh 8:6 This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not.

 

What If God Said, “I Will Always Love You”?

Jer 31:3 The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.

Deut. 7:7 The LORD did not set his love upon you, nor choose you, because ye were more in number than any people; for ye were the fewest of all people:

Deut. 7:8 But because the LORD loved you, and because he would keep the oath which he had sworn unto your fathers, hath the LORD brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you out of the house of bondmen, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.

Deut. 7:9 Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations;

Deut. 7:10 And repayeth them that hate him to their face, to destroy them: he will not be slack to him that hateth him, he will repay him to his face.

Deut. 7:11 Thou shalt therefore keep the commandments, and the statutes, and the judgments, which I command thee this day, to do them.

Deut. 7:12 Wherefore it shall come to pass, if ye hearken to these judgments, and keep, and do them, that the LORD thy God shall keep unto thee the covenant and the mercy which he sware unto thy fathers:

Deut. 7:13 And he will love thee, and bless thee, and multiply thee: he will also bless the fruit of thy womb, and the fruit of thy land, thy corn, and thy wine, and thine oil, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep, in the land which he sware unto thy fathers to give thee.

Deut. 7:14 Thou shalt be blessed above all people: there shall not be male or female barren among you, or among your cattle.

Deut. 7:15 And the LORD will take away from thee all sickness, and will put none of the evil diseases of Egypt, which thou knowest, upon thee; but will lay them upon all them that hate thee.

 

What If God Said, “Call Me If You Need Me”?

Psa 50:15 And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.

Luke 11:9 And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.

Luke 11:10 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

 

What If The Bible Said, “There’s Only One Way To Be Saved”?

Acts 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

 

Acts 2:37 Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?

Acts 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

Acts 2:39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.

 

Written by Martyn Ballestero

February 8, 2016 at 9:59 am

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So You Want To Be Your Own Pastor?

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So You Want To Be Your Own Pastor?

 

Some Have Tried To Be Their Own Lawyer, By Defending Themselves In Court.

  • There’s an old adage: “A man who is his own lawyer has a fool for a client.”
  • We have often laughed or shaken our heads in disbelief at such people.

 

Some Have Tried To Be Their Own Doctor, And Operate On Themselves

Dr. Leonid Rogozov cut out his own appendix.

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Johannes Lethaeus had a kidney stone the size of a hen’s egg and could not pass it. He got his brother to hand him a knife and he sliced himself open to remove the stone.

  • We have often cringed or shaken our head sin disbelief at such people.

 

Some Have Tried To Be Their Own Dentist, By Pulling Their Own Teeth.

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  • Some pull their own teeth
  • A few have tried to fill their own cavities.
  • There are reports of others making their own braces.
  • We have often cringed or shaken our head sin disbelief at them as well.

 

Some Try To Be Their Own Pastor

  • “A man who is his own pastor has a fool for a saint.” – MJB
  • Why would we expect people to respect and honor such behavior?

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Jude 11 Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core.

Jude 12 These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds they are without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots;

Jude 13 Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever.

 

Thayer Lexicon: poimainō  ποιμαίνω

  • To feed, to tend a flock, keep sheep
  • To rule, govern
  • To supply the requisites for the soul’s need

 

Feeding Themselves Literally Means, “Pastoring Themselves” – (Without Fear)

  • Feeding themselves without fear.
  • No fear! That alone amazes and scares me.
  • Not willing to be pastored by anyone.
  • Refusing to submit.
  • Unwilling to obey.
  • Believe they know best for their own soul.
  • Remember, they’re pastoring themselves without fear!

 

Some Even Sit In Church And Refuse To Receive The Preached Word.

  • They hear but they are not doers.
  • They hear but they are not convicted or convinced.
  • They feel what the pastor said was unnecessary for them to obey or comply.
  • They attend church but never change their heart, their mind or their life.
  • They drag their feet when it comes to submission.
  • Remember, they’re pastoring themselves without fear!

 

Others Quit The Local Church And Start Having Church In Their Own Home.

  • They want to do it their way own way.
  • They fearlessly start their own church.
  • They feel competent to interpret the Bible for themselves.
  • They take their family with them to the very brink of destruction.
  • They rejoice in their newfound freedom and liberty while doing so.
  • Remember, they’re pastoring themselves without fear!

 

Both types of individuals are so foolish and Biblically ignorant that they never understand they cannot be saved without a God called Pastor in their life.

Some day their Pastor will have to stand before God and give an account of their obedience, and their submission before the Great White Throne Judgment.

  • You will not be able to represent yourself before the Throne of God.
  • Your pastor is going to be the one God asks that question to, not you.
  • His opinion and report of your conduct while under his pastorship will be most important to God.

You may leave your pastor and go elsewhere thinking you are free. But you are not. You quite possibly have left a trail of evidence behind you that will incriminate you on that day. What report the pastor gives to God on Heaven’s witness stand will only fall into two categories, either Joy or Grief.

You may leave your home church because you don’t like the holiness standards or you got crossed up with your pastor. But, remember this, you are still his in the Judgment according to Hebrews 13:17, no matter if you have found another church in the meantime.

Your Pastor will be forced to explain to God that you left because you would not obey or submit.

Hebrews 13:17 Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.

 

God Will Ask The Pastor.

  • “Did they obey?”
  • “Did they submit?”

 

Understand That It Is Possible To Obey Without Submitting. But One Cannot Submit Without Obeying.

  • Go ahead and sit in church all rebellious and come when you want to.
  • Lay out of church when you want. Remember, you’re fearless
  • Withhold your tithes as a protest to your Pastor.
  • Stay home and read your Bible and have your own devotions at home instead of going to church.
  • Keep your family home with you. Remember, you’re fearless.
  • The scriptures already spoke that people would be foolish just like you.
  • Remember, you’re pastoring yourself without fear!

 

Jude 12 These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear:

  • Your spirit of trying to pastor yourself and make your own eternal decisions just got you included in Heaven’s Hall Of Shame along with Balaam and Korah.
  • You are no different in God’s eyes.
  • Was submission such a big issue for you that you took your soul in your own hands and willingly gambled on your eternity?
  • Nothing could be sadder for you.

 

There Are Those Who Say They Left Because They Are Not Being Fed. Some Continue To Come To Church And Make The Same Claim.

  • If I were you I would be embarrassed to admit I was not being fed. Here’s why.
  • Isa 1:19 If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land:
  • Isa 1:20 But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.
  • Only the willing and obedient are eating the good of the land.
  • Unwillingness and disobedience will keep you at arms length from the blessings of the Lord every time.

 

The Old Testament Refers Those Who Pastor Themselves As Backslidden. 

Prov. 14:14 The backslider in heart shall be filled with his own ways: and a good man shall be satisfied from himself.

Prov. 21:2 Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the LORD pondereth the hearts.

The actual chance of someone who has become their own pastor and ever resubmitting themselves to God’s Word and God’s man again is not very good.

  • Can such a person repent? Sure.
  • Will they ever come to themselves and repent? Not likely if we are to go by all the others we have seen.
  • Remember, they’re pastoring themselves without fear!

 

When Someone Rebels Against God’s Word And His Plans For Our Lives, It Is Seldom That We See Such A One Recover.

  • Do we try and talk to them when we see them make bad decisions? Yes.
  • Do we pray for them? Sure.
  • Do we fellowship them after they leave? Not if they have talked against the pastor or the church.

1Co 5:11 But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.

  • Railer: Noun. One who rails; one who scoffs, insults, censures, or reproaches.

 

If I were a saint who tried to pastor myself, knowingly or not, I would repent before God and ask Him to restore the Fear of the Lord back into my heart.

I would repent to my Pastor and ask him if I could resubmit myself.

If I was having my own church at home and pastoring myself, I would repent to God and realize God would never advise me to go against what is already written in His Word.

I would close up my ‘self’ church. And repent to my spouse and family. I would go back to my local church where God had placed me. I would repent to the pastor and the church family. I would pledge my obedience and submission. I would plead with the pastor to give me the honor of coming home.

This blog today was not written to invite bad stories about pastors, but rather is a warning to those who choose to become their own priest.

The coming of the Lord is nigh at hand. May His coming not find any of us living in a fearless manner.

 

I’ll Ask The Question Again… “Do You Want To Be Your Own Pastor?”

Surely Not! Your Precious Family Deserves Better!

Written by Martyn Ballestero

January 26, 2016 at 6:38 pm

Every Judas

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It is my great honor to have The Together Magazine publish this article in their current issue. For those readers who may not have access to this wonderful publication, I am posting a copy of it here:  – MB

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Every Judas

Just ten miles from Hebron and eighteen miles from Jerusalem was the little known village named Kerioth. It was a haven for bandits, thieves and highwaymen. People from the area were known to be assassins, murders.

Into this environment a man named Simon raised his son Judas. In Holy Scripture he was called Judas Iscariot, signifying that he was from the town of Keriot(h)

Simon must have been somewhat responsible for his son’s raising and behavior. His name is always mentioned together with his son’s name. He was called Judas, Simon’s son.

We know nothing of the boy’s mother. What was she like? What kind of teaching did she give him as a boy?

By the time the scriptures introduce us to him, we quickly see that Judas was outspoken and didn’t hesitate to disagree with what he saw.

“Why wasn’t this sold and given to the poor?”

That’s what he said criticizing Mary’s extreme sacrifice. But the Bible is quick to point out that he cared not for the poor, but was a thief and that he held the bag. There was a reason that was said. Why would Jesus allow him to carry the bag?

As a Judean he was a misfit among the disciples. The other disciples apparently were Galileans. He was no doubt a loner. He couldn’t let them see him sneaking money from the bag. He was a thief. I am sure that Judas had a less than stellar past before he met Jesus. Some Commentaries even call him a murder.

The sad news is, that no amount of the preaching and confronting that Jesus did seemed to change Judas into a John The Beloved. The same is true today. If all the words and actions of Jesus could not transform Judas in the Bible days, then neither will our preaching and confronting convert a modern day Judas.

Thirty is number of pieces of silver Judas agreed on to betray Jesus. There are thirty obvious and negative characteristics of a Judas. The Judas Iscariot of the Bible may be dead, but his spirit is still alive today.

 

Here Are Some Keys To Recognize The Judas In Your Midst.

  1. Every Judas Shows Enough Potential To Be Placed In A Leadership Role.
  • Judas was hand picked. He was allowed to be a privileged disciple. He was chosen to be in charge of the group’s finances.
  • Confidence was placed in him.

 

  1. Every Judas Thinks And Acts Like He Owns His Appointed Position.

John 12:5 Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor?

  • Every Judas loves to take the finances with him when he goes.

 

  1. Every Judas Lives On A Carnal Level And Is Oblivious To The Spiritual.

John 12:5 Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor?

 

  1. Every Judas Lets His True Colors Show At The Wrong Time.

John 12:6 This he said, not that he cared for the poor; but because he was a thief, and had the bag, and bare what was put therein.

 

  1. Every Judas Has A Personal Agenda That Is Separate From The Leaders.

John 12:6 This he said, not that he cared for the poor; but because he was a thief, and had the bag, and bare what was put therein.

 

  1. Every Judas Gets Disenchanted With His Leader.
  • He is willing to sabotage the whole thing if there is enough in it for him.

 

  1. Every Judas Receives A Warning From The Lord But Continues Anyway.

John 6:70 Jesus answered them, Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil?

John 6:71 He spake of Judas Iscariot the son of Simon: for he it was that should betray him, being one of the twelve.

 

  1. Every Judas Sees The Same Miracles And Hears The Same Sermons But Is Unaffected, Unconvinced And Unconverted.

Luke 9:1 Then he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases.

 

      Peter Talked About Judas In The Upper Room

Acts 1:17 For he was numbered with us, and had obtained part of this ministry.

 

  1. Every Judas Plans His Move Carefully.

Matt. 26:16 And from that time he sought opportunity to betray him.

 

  1. Every Judas Is An Opportunist.

Matt. 26:16 And from that time he sought opportunity to betray him.

 

  1. Every Judas Is Driven By Greed.

Matt. 26:15 And said unto them, What will ye give me, and I will deliver him unto you? And they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver.

 

  1. Every Judas Courts Those Whom He Thinks Can Help His Cause.

Luke 22:4 And he went his way, and communed with the chief priests and captains, how he might betray him unto them.

  • A modern Judas may recruit his people with private meetings,
  • Private dinners
  • Facebook likes

 

  1. Every Judas Possesses An Evil Spirit.

Luke 22:3 Then entered Satan into Judas surnamed Iscariot, being of the number of the twelve.

  1. Every Judas Can Even Fool His Own Friends And Brothers.

John 13:27 And after the sop Satan entered into him. Then said Jesus unto him, That thou doest, do quickly.

John 13:28 Now no man at the table knew for what intent he spake this unto him.

 

  1. Every Judas Gets His Key Players In Place Before He Makes His Play.

Luke 22:4 And he went his way, and communed with the chief priests and captains, how he might betray him unto them.

 

  1. Every Judas Gets A Divine Warning And Still Ignores It.

Matt. 26:24 The Son of man goeth as it is written of him: but woe unto that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! it had been good for that man if he had not been born.

 

  1. Every Judas Should Have Been Still Born.

Matt. 26:24 The Son of man goeth as it is written of him: but woe unto that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! it had been good for that man if he had not been born.

 

  1. Every Judas Gets Revealed By The Lord And Has A Chance To Repent.

Matt 26:21 And as they did eat, he said, Verily I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me.

 

  1. Every Judas Lives In Denial To The Truth And Deceiving Himself And Others.

Matt. 26:25 Then Judas, which betrayed him, answered and said, Master, is it I? He said unto him, Thou hast said.

 

  1. Every Judas Makes His Move When He Thinks The Odds Are In His Favor.

Matt 26:16 And from that time he sought opportunity to betray him.

 

  1. Every Judas Is A Hypocrite.

Matt. 26:49 And forthwith he came to Jesus, and said, Hail, master; and kissed him.

 

  1. Every Judas Is Controlled And Guided By Satan.

John 13:27 And after the sop Satan entered into him. Then said Jesus unto him, That thou doest, do quickly.

 

  1. Every Judas Displays False Affection Toward The Leader.

Matt. 26:49 And forthwith he came to Jesus, and said, Hail, master; and kissed him.

 

  1. Every Judas Is Surprised When God Still Manifests Himself In The Midst Of The Betrayal.

Luke 22:50 And one of them smote the servant of the high priest, and cut off his right ear.

Luke 22:51 And Jesus answered and said, Suffer ye thus far. And he touched his ear, and healed him.

 

  1. Every Judas Is Temporarily Happy.
  • He could go back to doing what he was doing before.
  • He had brought Jesus down in his own mind to the point that he no longer believed in Him.
  • He actually believed he could live with his choice.

 

  1. Every Judas Has Second Thoughts.

Matt. 27:3 Then Judas, which had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders,

 

  1. Every Judas Tries To Appease His Guilty Conscience.

Matt. 27:3 Then Judas, which had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders,

 

  1. Every Judas Wakes Up To His Horrible Sin Too Late.

Matt. 27:4 Saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood. And they said, What is that to us? see thou to that.

 

  1. Every Judas Repents Too Late.

Matt. 27:4 Saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood. And they said, What is that to us? see thou to that.

 

  1. Every Judas Will Hang Himself.

Matt. 27:5 And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself.

 

In Spite Of Judas

 

In Spite Of Judas – The Will of God was accomplished.

In Spite Of Judas – Jesus rose from the dead.

In Spite Of Judas – The Holy Ghost was poured out.

 

In Spite Of Judas – The Church was established.

In Spite Of Judas – Revival came.

In Spite Of Judas – The Gates of Hell did not prevail.

 

In Spite Of Every Judas Today

 

In Spite Of Every Judas Today – God still has a triumphant church.

In Spite Of Every Judas Today – The church will prosper and go forward.

 

In Spite Of Every Judas Today – The Glory will fall when the bad spirit is gone.

In Spite Of Every Judas Today – The church will rally and unify like never before.

 

In Spite Of Every Judas Today – Worship will be better than ever.

In Spite Of Every Judas Today – The Pastor will be loved more than ever.

 

Judas Was Replaced With A Man Named Matthias.

His name means, “Gift of God.”

There was a gift of God for the church back then. There will be a gift of God after your storm today.

 

Have You Had To Deal With A Judas?

Take hope, your Matthias, your Gift of God is coming!

 

Written by Martyn Ballestero

January 14, 2016 at 2:26 pm

If My Pastor Went Charismatic

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If My Pastor Went Charismatic

 

Most Apostolics have been blessed with a wonderful pastor whom we think is the best in the world. We love our church family and feel safe in our knowledge of God’s word.

Every now and then we hear unsettling news of a pastor somewhere who has led the flock astray from the old paths. We shake our heads in dismay and our hearts ache.

That kind of news makes good saints pray for their pastor even more and thank God for him. It makes them feel a greater thankfulness for their own church and for truth.

We pray to God that we will never have to live through something like that. But, God forbid, what if it happened in the church we attend? What would we do? How would we react? I cannot speak for anyone but myself, so for what its worth, here’s what I would do.

After carefully listening to him preach and promote his approval of things that the Bible disapproves of, the things we have been taught, and things he used to preach against.

I Would…

  • Not agree with him.
  • Be horrified.
  • Recognize his doctrine as false.
  • Be disappointed in my pastor.
  • Be fearful for my family and myself.
  • Pray for him.
  • Ask to meet with him.

1 John 4:1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.

1 Timothy 4:1 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils.

 

I Would…

  • In a humble spirit question the direction he was taking the church.
  • Express my concern and fears.
  • Respectfully remind him of what he used to preach.
  • Remind him of what our elders taught us.
  • Try to reason with him.
  • Show a good spirit.

 

If That Meeting Didn’t End Well…

 

I Would…

  • Take other members with me for a second talk.

Matt. 18:16 But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.

 

If That Meeting Didn’t End Well Either…

 

I Would…

  • Pray for him.
  • Pray for the safety of the souls of my family.
  • Realize God had given him a delusion because he didn’t receive a love for the Truth.

2Thess. 2:11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:

2Thess. 2:12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

 

I Would Understand…

  • Just because he is compromising, doesn’t mean I have to go with him.
  • Just because he’s convince of a damnable lie doesn’t mean I am.
  • Just because he is preaching false doctrine, doesn’t mean I have to let my family be indoctrinated and cursed too.
  • He was in false doctrine.
  • He was wresting the scriptures to his own destruction.
  • If I stayed, I would be lost, just like him.
  • That in the Old Testament God always cursed the kings that led Israel astray.
  • He is a heretic, and I reject him.

Titus 3:10 A man that is an heretick after the first and second admonition reject;

G141 (Thayer) heretick

“schismatic, factious, a follower of a false doctrine”

 

I Would Recognize…

  • Like God lifted his anointing from Saul, God was lifting it from my pastor too.
  • That when men lose their revelation of Holiness, the revelation of the Godhead always seems to be next.
  • Immorality may be the next monster to surface in that environment. It almost always has.

 

I Would…

  • Leave!
  • I would NOT be disrespectful.
  • Understand this is not a normal transfer, this is life or death.
  • Realize I don’t need his permission or blessing to go, the Bible gives it to me.
  • Encourage all my family and friends to go with me, “pulling them from the fire.”
  • Plead the Blood over my family against the seducing spirits.
  • Find a church that was truly Apostolic in doctrine, worship and holiness.
  • I would go there and be grateful that Truth was being preached.
  • I would do my best to be the best saint in my new church.
  • I would pray daily that God keep my new pastor in truth and support him.

 

 

May God Keep Us All Safe From False Doctrine!

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Additional References:

Mark Them And Don’t Fellowship Them

Rom 16:17 Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.

 

False Prophets Are Among You

2Pe 2:1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.

2Pe 2:2 And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.

2Pe 2:3 And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.

 

Some Pervert The Gospel

Gal 1:6 I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:

Gal 1:7 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.

 

 

Written by Martyn Ballestero

January 8, 2016 at 1:12 pm

It’s Time To Go Forward!

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It’s Time To Go Forward

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Exo 14:15 And the LORD said unto Moses, Wherefore criest thou unto me? speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward:

 

Israel Had Spent The Last Twenty-Five Chapters In Egypt

  • There Was No Future For Them There!
  • They had lived in bondage long enough.
  • It was time to go forward.

 

Going Forward Is A God Thing!

  • It was for Israel.
  • It is for you!

 

Israel Had Lived With A Slave Mentality For About 400 Years.

  • They had forgotten what liberty was like.

 

For Them It Was Hard:

  • To go forward.
  • To believe God.
  • To trust God.
  • To follow a cloud floating across the sky.
  • To believe God would set them free.
  • To believe God would bless them.
  • To leave the only security they knew.
  • To leave the leeks and onions.

 

Don’t Crave The Things That Hold You Back!

Many Israelites May Have Wanted The Promises Of God,

  • But they still died in the wilderness.
  • They had Fears.
  • They had Excuses.
  • They had Unbelief.
  • They were Unwilling to go forward.

 

At AI – Israel Was Stopped Dead In Her Tracks

  • Sin was in the camp.
  • After they got the problem out of the way
  • They went forward.
  • If sin has stopped you, get it out of the way.

 

God Wants To Take This Church Forward

  • Like He did for Israel, He wants to give you a harvest you never had to plant.
  • Wells you never had to dig.
  • Houses you never had to build.
  • But you can’t have them, if you just sit and don’t go forward.
  • It’s time to go forward.

 

Some Folks Today Are Going Backwards Instead Of Forward!

  • They are letting down on standards and doctrine.
  • Compromising with the world.
  • Justifying Hollywood.
  • Mocking Holiness.
  • Dress like the world.
  • Doing what the world does.
  • They have become again what the world is.
  • It’s time to go forward.

 

What’s Sad Is They Think They Are Making Progress.

But They Are Like A:

  • A dog going back to its vomit.
  • A pig going back to its wallow.

 

Every Day Life Can Nearly Shut You Down.

  • Circumstances can bring you to a halt.
  • Events can bring you to your knees.
  • Things steal your joy.
  • Don’t let it.
  • It’s time to go forward.

 

People And Things Can Hurt You.

  • Divorce.
  • An unfaithful spouse .
  • Loss of a job.
  • Cancer.
  • Addictions.
  • Personal failures.
  • Offenses.
  • Unforgiveness.
  • Your Past.

 

Some React To Their Negative Situations By

  • Withdrawing.
  • Resigning their job at church.
  • Sitting back.
  • Coasting.
  • Quit worshipping.
  • Become unfaithful to church.
  • It’s time to go forward.

 

It’s Time To Get Past Your:

  • Failures.
  • Hurts.
  • Pride.
  • Complacency.

 

Don’t Let You Friends Hold You Back.

  • Don’t let your fear.
  • Don’t let your shame.
  • Don’t let your unbelief.
  • Don’t let your family.
  • Don’t let your flesh.
  • Don’t let your job.
  • Don’t let your excuses.
  • Don’t let your weariness.
  • Don’t let anything in this world.
  • It’s time to go forward.

 

With Hell Rejoicing All Around Us In 2015…

  • With compromising on all sides.
  • With Holiness dying out in some churches.
  • With signs of the end-times all around us.
  • With Bible prophesy being fulfilled daily.
  • With friends falling away.
  • With hell reaching for our children.
  • With the future uncertain.
  • It’s time to go forward.

 

Make This Year The Best Ever!

  • Make this a year of revival.
  • Make this a year of consecration.
  • Make this a year of Holy Ghost renewal.
  • It’s time to go forward.

 

God Had To Prompt Israel To Go Forward A Second Time

Deut 1:6 The LORD our God spake unto us in Horeb, saying, Ye have dwelt long enough in this mount:

 

God Had To Prompt Israel To Go Forward A Third Time

Deut 2:1 Then we turned, and took our journey into the wilderness by the way of the Red sea, as the LORD spake unto me: and we compassed mount Seir many days.

Deut 2:2 And the LORD spake unto me, saying,

Deut 2:3 Ye have compassed this mountain long enough: turn you northward.

 

They Had Gone In Circles For Forty Years.

  • Life had become routine and monotonous.
  • Though moving they were getting nowhere.
  • No progress in forty years.

 

No True Progress Was Being Made.

  • Does this describe your spiritual state?
  • They were circling the mountain by their own choice.

 

40 Years Earlier God Had Said: “Ye Have Dwelt In This Mount Long Enough.”

  • The journey from Horeb to the Promised land is only 11 days.

 

It’s Time To Break Free From:

  • Cycles,
  • Bad Habits
  • Patterns in our lives that have been unproductive and unhealthy.
  • You’ve been circling this mountain long enough.
  • It’s time to go forward.

 

Why Do We Camp In One Place Until God Forces Us To Move?

 

Lot Did– God Even Sent Two Angels To Get Him To Move

  • God brought special deliverance.
  • Lot’s wife looked back.
  • Lot begged to stop when God asked him to go forward,
  • That’s when he really messed up.

 

It’s Time To Go Forward

  • Rich Young Ruler – Money held him back.
  • Agrippa –Questions held him back.
  • Felix – Timing held him back.
  • Demas – The love of the world held him back.

 

What’s Holding You Back?

Simon Peter

Luke 5:5 And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net

 

When The Lord Speaks, Respond!

Num. 10:5 When ye blow an alarm, then the camps that lie on the east parts shall go forward.

Num. 10:6 When ye blow an alarm the second time, then the camps that lie on the south side shall take their journey: they shall blow an alarm for their journeys.

 

I Believe The Spirit Has Sounded An Alarm!

 

Written by Martyn Ballestero

January 4, 2016 at 11:57 am

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I Resolve

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I Resolve

While wishing for my friends and family that 2016 would be their best year of living for God, I cannot forget the dangers of 2015.

This world is not comfortable with holiness, the church, Biblical doctrine, or moral purity. Compromising seems to be the order of the day for too many. With that in mind, I hereby Resolve…

 

I Resolve...

 

I Resolve to continually proclaim that there is only one God, and His name is Jesus. And, that if you don’t believe that, you will die in your sins.

I Resolve to preach the need for old-fashioned repentance and the immediate change of lifestyle.

I Resolve to preach the essentiality of baptism in Jesus name because it is the only name that will wash away sin. To be saved, one must be baptized in Jesus name.

I Resolve to preach the necessity of receiving the Holy Ghost with the evidence of speaking in tongues. Without that experience no one can be saved.

I Resolve to preach Holiness. The church must never compromise and look like the world.

I Resolve to love and walk in the old paths given to me by my father.

I Resolve to hold fast and be faithful to that which committed to me.

I Resolve to not be persuaded by holiness rejecters who for a morsel of meat have sold their birthright.

I Resolve to never stop being a worshipper.

I Resolve to always pay my tithes and honor God with my first fruits.

I Resolve to be faithful to God.

I Resolve to be faithful to church.

I Resolve to be faithful to my wife.

I Resolve to love to my wife.

I Resolve to live peaceably with all men.

I Resolve to be a witness.

I Resolve to give hope to every sinner and backslider I can.

I Resolve to encourage the saints.

I Resolve to strengthen the pastor’s hands.

I Resolve to be a godly example to my children and grandchildren.

I Resolve to not be offended when slighted by others.

I Resolve to forgive.

I Resolve to not be offended when I am corrected.

I Resolve to be a gentleman and turn the other cheek when attacked.

I Resolve to be ready for the Lord’s return.

 

Martyn Ballestero Sr.

January 1, 2016

 

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The Devil’s Got A Plan For You That Just Might Work …If You Let It.

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The Devil’s Got A Plan

The Devil’s Got A Plan For You That Just Might Work …If You Let It.

 

Jesus Told Peter That Satan Desired To Sift Him As Wheat.

Luke 22:31 And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat:

Luke 22:32 But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.

  • Satan desires to do the same to you.

 

He Plans To Intimidate You And Ravage You Just Like A Roaring Lion Does.

1Pe 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

 

Surely You Are Aware Of His Plan.

2Cor. 2:11 Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.

 

God’s Got A Plan To Help You Resist The Devil.

James 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

  • First, submit yourself to God, then resist the devil and he will flee.

 

The Devil Can’t Do Anything To You That You Don’t Allow Him To Because Greater Is He That Is Within You Than He That Is In The World.

1John 4:4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.

 

My Father, Carl Ballestero Used To Say:

“The Devil’s Got A Plan To Get You To Backslide!

He has a One Day Plan to make you backslide. If that doesn’t work…

He has a One Week Plan to make you backslide. If that doesn’t work…

He has a One Month Plan to make you backslide. If that doesn’t work…

He has a One Year Plan to make you backslide. If that doesn’t work…

He has a Five Year Plan to make you backslide. If that doesn’t work…

He has a Ten Year Plan to make you backslide. If that doesn’t work…

He has a Twenty Year Plan to make you backslide. If that doesn’t work…

He has a Life Time Plan to make you backslide.”

                                                      

To Every Teenager.

Young Man? He’s got a plan to find you a sinner girlfriend.

Young Lady? He’s got a plan to find you a sinner boyfriend.

He’s got a plan to find you a spouse that will destroy you spiritually.

He’s got a plan to make you dress like the world.

 

He’s got a plan to make you live like the world.

He’s got a plan to involve you in worldly sports and amusements.

He’s got a plan to surround you with improper music.

He’s got a plan to find you a job that will keep you out of church.

 

He’s got a plan to make you sink lower than you ever dreamed you would.

He’s got a plan to get you addicted to drugs, nicotine and alcohol.

He’s got a plan to load you down with condemnation.

He’s got a plan to overwhelm you with shame.

 

He’s got a plan to connect you to sinful people.

He’s got a plan to introduce you to porn.

He’s got a plan to make you lose your purity.

He’s got a plan to make you think your best friends are in the world, and not in the church.

 

The Devil’s Got A Plan For You That Just Might Work …If You Let It.

 

To Every Child Of God.

The devil plans to make you feel offended and hurt.

The devil plans to make you jealous.

The devil plans to stop your prayer life.

The devil plans to defeat you.

 

The devil plans to make you fail.

The devil plans to make you sell your birthright.

The devil plans to make you feel there is no hope for you.

The devil plans to make you throw this Holy Ghost experience away.

 

The devil plans to make you want to quit church.

The devil plans to put you at odds with the pastor.

The devil plans to make you bitter.

The devil plans to take you as low as you will let him.

 

The devil plans to make you waste every talent God has given you.

The devil plans to curse your life.

The devil plans to make you swallow a camel and strain a gnat.

The devil plans to make you find the mote in others eyes and ignore the beam in your own.

 

The devil plans to make you look for hypocrites in the church.

The devil plans to let you be disappointed by men’s failures.

The devil plans to make you quit paying tithes.

The devil plans to make you offended.

 

The devil plans to make you miss church.

The devil plans to make you withdraw from godly fellowship.

The devil plans to make you a bitter person.

The devil plans to make you hate holiness.

 

The devil plans to make you mess up your marriage.

The devil plans to make you stop worshiping.

The devil plans to make you dislike preachers who tell you the truth.

The devil plans to make you resist all Holiness preaching.

 

The devil plans to make you consider doctrine a boring subject.

The devil plans to make Hollywood more attractive to you than the church.

The devil plans to make you immoral.

The devil plans to make you justify your wrong living.

 

The devil plans to make you love making money more than you love church.

The devil plans to make you love pleasure, more than you love God.

The devil plans to make you question God.

The devil plans to make you mad when the preacher says anything that challenges what your family or friends are doing.

 

The devil plans to make you lukewarm.

The devil plans to make you happy with dead worship services.

The devil plans to let you feel comfortable in quiet prayer rooms.

The devil plans to make you talk against the pastor in front of your children.

 

The devil plans to make you question every standard.

The devil plans to make you comfortable trying to get by just doing the minimum.

The devil plans to make you part of the spirit of Laodicea.

The devil plans to make you feel uncomfortable with other cultures in your congregation.

 

The devil plans to make you prejudiced.

The devil plans to make you only knock on doors in certain areas of town during outreach.

The devil plans to make you feel your culture is superior to all others.

The devil plans to destroy unity in your church.

 

The Devil’s Got A Plan For You That Just Might Work …If You Let It.

 

To Every Preacher.

He plans to mess you up with false doctrine.

He plans to destroy your ministry with women.

He plans to ruin you with improper use of money.

He plans to sidetrack your ministry in search of popularity.

 

He plans to make you preach that the new ways are better than the old paths.

He plans to make to you compromise.

He plans to make you quiet about sin.

He plans to make you afraid to preach holiness and separation from the world.

 

He plans to make you a hireling.

He plans to make you preach only pop-psychology sermons.

He plans to make you think you are right and everyone else is wrong.

He plans to make you focus on pleasing men and not God.

 

The Devil’s Got A Plan For You That Just Might Work …If You Let It.

 

To Every Seeker.

The devil plans to blind your eyes and keep you from recognizing truth.

The devil plans to make you think all churches lead to heaven.

The devil plans to make you think the day of Pentecost experience is not for you.

The devil plans to make you resist baptism in Jesus name.

 

The devil plans to make you justify your lifestyle.

The devil plans to make you think that God’s love accepts of your lifestyle.

The devil plans to make you believe false doctrines rather than the truth.

The devil plans to make you believe there is a trinity rather than just one God.

 

The devil plans to try to make you rebel against truth.

The devil plans to make you believe that God is only a God of mercy.

The devil plans to make you think God only looks on the heart and completely ignores the outside.

The devil plans to let you see what he thinks is the worst in every good church you attend.

 

The Devil’s Got A Plan For You That Just Might Work …If You Let It.

 

To Every Backslider

Are you even looking at what the devil is doing to your life?

The prodigal son did.

That’s when he came to himself.

 

That’s when he got up and walked away from sin’s pigpen.

That’s when he came back home and repented to his father.

That’s when the father ran to meet him and forgave him.

He’s your father too and He’s waiting for you to come to yourself!

 

So, What Are You Waiting For?

 

Luke 15:17 And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father’s have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!

Luke 15:18 I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee,

Luke 15:19 And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants.

Luke 15:20 And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.

Luke 15:21 And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son.

Luke 15:22 But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet:

Luke 15:23 And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry:

Luke 15:24 For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry.

 

The Devil’s Got A Plan For You That Just Might Work …If You Let It.

Don’t Let It!

 

Written by Martyn Ballestero

December 18, 2015 at 12:29 am

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