Faithful In Christ

"For me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain." (Philippians 1:21)

Psalm 111 (HCSB)
Hallelujah!
I will praise the Lord with all my heart
in the assembly of the upright and in the congregation.

The Lord’s works are great,
studied by all who delight in them.
All that He does is splendid and majestic;
His righteousness endures forever.
He has caused His wonderful works to be remembered.
The Lord is gracious and compassionate.
He has provided food for those who fear Him;
He remembers His covenant forever.
He has shown His people the power of His works
by giving them the inheritance of the nations.
The works of His hands are truth and justice;
all His instructions are trustworthy.
They are established forever and ever,
enacted in truth and in what is right.
He has sent redemption to His people.
He has ordained His covenant forever.
His name is holy and awe-inspiring.

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

2 Peter 3:10-16 (NKJV)
But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up. Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.

Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless; and consider that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation—as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given to him, has written to you, as also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which untaught and unstable people twist to their own destruction, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures.

I see so many Christians talking about how some of their favorite celebrities talk about god and praise god and all that, but the question is WHICH god are they praising?

Many sports players, singers, actors and actresses have been talking about god recently, yet they cheat on their spouses, use foul language in their speech, engage in/or support homosexuality, dress provocatively, are promiscuous, get drunk, use drugs, are violent, support the boycott of Israeli goods, accumulate vast amounts of money with little or no regards to those in need; so you gotta wonder, which god is okay with that kind of behavior? I’m sure their god encourages such behavior, but my God doesn’t.

Philippians 3:19
Their future is eternal loss, for their god is their appetite: they are proud of what they should be ashamed of; and all they think about is this life here on earth.

The Bible is clear that there is one true God, the God of the nation of Israel. Not the god of the Muslims, not the god of the most celebrities which is money, not the god of this fallen world which is the devil, etc. The Bible shows us all these false gods don’t hold a flame to YHWH (יהוה‎), the God of the nation of Israel. The God of Israel is OUR God, the One who allowed Yeshua to die for us all. Anyone against Israel is against the Lord.

So, when you see your favorite celebrity talking about their “god” just take a second to think about which god are they talking about. Do they talk about Yeshua or just this “god” of theirs? It should be an immediate red flag if they don’t even dare touching the name of Jesus, a name which has incredible power (Philippians 2:9-11). Secondly, even if they do talk about the Lord, do their behavior reflect the repenting life of a Christian? Do they stand behind causes or institutions which go against our God? Do they encourage people to disobey God’s commandments? Do they engage in sinful behavior without the slightest sign of shame? Do they seek repentance after such shameful acts or they keep on doing them over and over again as if the Bible didn’t tell us we should repent of our sins?

People can even say they love God or that they love Christ, but if they don’t follow God’s commandments, they are deceiving themselves and others with their lies. Matthew 7:21-23 shows us exactly what the Lord will tell those people in the end: “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’

I beg of you, read the Bible from Genesis to Revelation and once you are done, keep on reading it again and again. Stop being so easily misled by celebrities and/or false teachers. Don’t let someone tell you how great God is only to mislead you away from the whole truth, when all you gotta do is open up His Word and find out His truth for yourself. Most celebrities, and most people in general these days, live for the moment not caring about what will happen to their soul after death. They don’t care about going to Hell and certainly don’t care about taking as many people as they can along with them.

The gods of the world are deaf, mute and blind. Our God is the only One who sees, hears and talks to His servants either directly or through His Word. Our God cares for us. Our God loves us. Yeshua died so we can be saved, so how about you start acknowledging His sacrifice and start living for Him rather than for yourself?

Pay attention before you commend someone for their praise of “god” because their god might not be our God, the Holy One of Israel.

Beware of this world and the deceptions within.

2 Corinthians 11:14-15
And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. So it is no surprise if his servants, also, disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. Their end will correspond to their deeds.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NIV)
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

Psalm 127:3 (NLT)
Children are a gift from the Lord;
    they are a reward from him.

Colossians 3:21 (NLT)
Fathers, don’t aggravate your children. If you do, they will become discouraged and quit trying.

Luke 6:38 (NLT)
Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full—pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.”

1 John 4:3 (NLT)
But if someone claims to be a prophet and does not acknowledge the truth about Jesus, that person is not from God. Such a person has the spirit of the Antichrist, which you heard is coming into the world and indeed is already here.

Isaiah 46:4 (NIV)
Even to your old age and gray hairs
    I am he, I am he who will sustain you.
I have made you and I will carry you;
    I will sustain you and I will rescue you.

Psalm 59:16 (NIV)
But I will sing of your strength,
    in the morning I will sing of your love;
for you are my fortress,
    my refuge in times of trouble.

2 Corinthians 7:1 (NIV)
Therefore, since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.

2 Peter 1:16-21 (NKJV)
For we did not follow cunningly devised fables when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of His majesty. For He received from God the Father honor and glory when such a voice came to Him from the Excellent Glory: “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” And we heard this voice which came from heaven when we were with Him on the holy mountain.

And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts; knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.

1 Corinthians 15:58 (NIV)
Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.