I have a new blog for the Cookie a day devotionals

I just made a new blog where all of my “Cookie a day” will be displayed. I hope that you would visit and be blessed by God’s Word in the Cookie devotionals. I will continue to do deep studies with spiritualminefield but all of my devotionals will be @ thecookieadaysite.wordpress.com

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What Does It Mean To Be A Christian?

Holy water Cross. Blue water ripple as rood - religious metaphor

Deuteronomy 13:4

4 You must follow the Lord your God and fear Him. You must keep His commands and listen to His voice; you must worship Him and remain faithful to Him.


Follow the Lord your God:

Exodus 20:3 Do not have other gods besides Me.

Joshua 24:14-15 “Therefore, fear the Lord and worship Him in sincerity and truth. Get rid of the gods your fathers worshiped beyond the Euphrates River and in Egypt, and worship Yahweh. 15 But if it doesn’t please you to worship Yahweh, choose for yourselves today the one you will worship: the gods your fathers worshiped beyond the Euphrates River or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living. As for me and my family, we will worship Yahweh.”

Matthew 6:24 “No one can be a slave of two masters, since either he will hate one and love the other, or be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot be slaves of God and of money.


Fear Him:

Proverbs 1:7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and discipline.

Psalm 111:10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow His instructions have good insight. His praise endures forever.

Proverbs 8:13 To fear the Lord is to hate evil. I hate arrogant pride, evil conduct, and perverse speech.

Deuteronomy 10:12-13 “And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God require of you, but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, 13 and to keep the commandments and statutes of the Lord, which I am commanding you today for your good?


Listen to His voice:

John 10:3-5 To him the gatekeeper opens. The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4 When he has brought out all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. 5 A stranger they will not follow, but they will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.”

Matthew 7:24-27 “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. 26 And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. 27 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”

John 14:23-24 Jesus answered him, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. 24 Whoever does not love me does not keep my words. And the word that you hear is not mine but the Father’s who sent me.


Remain faithful to Him:

Hebrews 10:38-39 But My righteous one will live by faith; and if he draws back, I have no pleasure in him. 39 But we are not those who draw back and are destroyed, but those who have faith and obtain life.

1 Kings 19:17-18 Then Jehu will put to death whoever escapes the sword of Hazael, and Elisha will put to death whoever escapes the sword of Jehu. 18 But I will leave 7,000 in Israel—every knee that has not bowed to Baal and every mouth that has not kissed him.”

John 6:59-60 He said these things while teaching in the synagogue in Capernaum. 60 Therefore, when many of His disciples heard this, they said, “This teaching is hard! Who can accept it?”  Verses 66-70 From that moment many of His disciples turned back and no longer accompanied Him. 67 Therefore Jesus said to the Twelve, “You don’t want to go away too, do you?” 68 Simon Peter answered, “Lord, who will we go to? You have the words of eternal life. 69 We have come to believe and know that You are the Holy One of God!” 70 Jesus replied to them, “Didn’t I choose you, the Twelve? Yet one of you is the Devil!” 71 He was referring to Judas, Simon Iscariot’s son, one of the Twelve, because he was going to betray Him.

Love And Sound Doctrine Makes A True Christian

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Revelation 2:2-4

2 “‘I know your works, your toil and your patient endurance, and how you cannot bear with those who are evil, but have tested those who call themselves apostles and are not, and found them to be false. 3 I know you are enduring patiently and bearing up for my name’s sake, and you have not grown weary. 4 But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first.

Just because a Christian is sound in doctrine doesn’t make him complete before God. The Ephesian church started pedaling backwards with the love they once showed in Christ by becoming more insensitive to others, probably treating them more harshly, being void of love. Not only should we obtain sound doctrine but it has to be accompanied with love. In the Book of Ephesians, we see how they used to be before Jesus sent them this letter (warning) written by the hand of the Apostle John. In Ephesians 1:15-16 it says, 15 For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, 16 I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, 17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him.

If your brother or sister in Christ has a different understanding that does not concern core doctrine of scripture, we should not label them as heretics or false. If a Christian disagrees on any fundamentals of doctrine, either they don’t know the Bible very well or they are deceived and without their knowledge are deceiving others. In a case like that, we must show them love with correction, pointing them to the truth because most likely they haven’t come to a true saving faith in Jesus Christ. Regardless of the circumstance, we have to love them but without compromising with the truth.

False Messengers are sent for the sole purpose of destroying your faith

 

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If you’re a Christian is not a matter of if but when he will be knocking at your door. Knock…Knock

2 Kings 18:22

22 Suppose you say to me: We trust in the Lord our God. Isn’t He the One whose high places and altars Hezekiah has removed, saying to Judah and to Jerusalem: You must worship at this altar in Jerusalem?

A false messenger will contradict the scriptures to deceive you that you are disobeying the Lord. Demons are the ones behind the messenger manipulating his thoughts to twist scripture for the purpose in making you fall into his trap. He claimed that Hezekiah did wrong by taking down the high places and altars but Hezekiah actually obeyed the Lord by taking it down as seen in 2 Kings 18:4-6 which states, “4 He removed the high places, shattered the sacred pillars, and cut down the Asherah poles. He broke into pieces the bronze snake that Moses made, for the Israelites burned incense to it up to that time. He called it Nehushtan. 5 Hezekiah trusted in the Lord God of Israel; not one of the kings of Judah was like him, either before him or after him. 6 He remained faithful to Yahweh and did not turn from following Him but kept the commands the Lord had commanded Moses.”

2 Kings 18:25

25 Have I attacked this place to destroy it without the Lord’s approval? The Lord said to me, ‘Attack this land and destroy it.’”

The false messenger will claim that he was sent by God to give you a message of correction but in reality is for the sole purpose in destroying your faith.

2 Kings 18:30

30 Don’t let Hezekiah persuade you to trust in the Lord by saying: Certainly the Lord will deliver us! This city will not be handed over to the king of Assyria.’

When the false messenger sees that you’re not budging he will proceed to destroy your shield of protection, your trust in God’s Word, the promises found in scripture. He will attack God’s sovereignty and say that God is not all that powerful.

 2 Kings 19:4

4 Perhaps Yahweh your God will hear all the words of the Rabshakeh, whom his master the king of Assyria sent to mock the living God, and will rebuke him for the words that Yahweh your God has heard. Therefore, offer a prayer for the surviving remnant.’”

Prayer is an essential part in a Christian’s life to battle any type of deception asking the Lord to open up your spiritual eyes to see the snares set before you by knowing scripture very well.

While I was doing my regular reading of the day which was in 2 Kings, this is the message that was put in my heart by the Lord.