Tithing- the Final Frontier

Tithing- The Final Frontier

“It has been said that the wallet is the ‘final frontier.’ It is often the final area to be conquered- the last thing that we surrender to God. Jesus spoke much about money. He said that we cannot serve God and mammon (Matthew 6:24). ‘Mammon’ was the common Aramaic word for riches, which is related to a Hebrew word signifying ‘that which is to be trusted.’ In other words, we cannot trust both God and money. Either money is our source of joy, our great love, our sense of security, the supplier of our needs- or God is.

When you open your purse or wallet, give generously and regularly to your local Church. A guide to how much you should give can be found in the ‘tithe’ of the Old Testament: 10 percent of your income. Whatever amount you give, make sure you give something to the work of God (see Mal. 3:8- 11). Give because you want to, not because you have to. God loves a cheerful giver (2 Cor. 9:6, 7), so learn to hold your money with a loose hand.”

Ray Comfort

Evidence Bible, page 1413

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Rejoice!!

Rejoice!

1 Thessalonians 5:16

“Rejoice always”

Paul suffered very much for the Lord Jesus and for the gospel. He was imprisoned frequently, beaten with rods, flogged, stoned, went hungry and thirsty, went naked and cold, was in danger from false believers, and on top of that he suffered daily from his deep concern for all the Churches; yet with all that suffering, he instructs others to “rejoice always!”. How can this be? How could Paul possibly rejoice while sitting in a cold prison, chained to Roman guards?

His secret was that his source of joy was not governed by the circumstances of life, which always fluctuate, but was Jesus Christ Himself, who will never leave us nor forsake us (Hebrews 13:5). True joy comes from knowing God and being right with Him, something that no trial can ever take from us, but on the contrary, only draws the true believer closer to Him. So rejoice on, beloved brethren, and let the joy of the Lord be your strength (Nehemiah 8:10). No matter what terrible hardships this life presents to you, rejoice because your name is written in heaven (Luke 10:20), and your life is hidden with Christ in God! Hallelujah!

In Jesus, Jonathan Ball

Web: www.jonnyfivealive.wix.com/pyroounderground

Home Church: www.goodfight.org

Delight Yourself in the LORD!

Delight yourself in the Lord
Psalms 1:2, 3
“But his delight is in the law of the LORD and in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper”
Honesty, what is it that brings you joy in life? What is your delight? Can you say truly that you love meditating on God’s word, or are the Scriptures just a dusty book that you sometimes bring to Church? When someone starts speaking about the truth do your spiritual taste buds start to salivate or do you get board and wish they would change the subject? These are all good questions to ask yourself in honesty if you are truly seeking God.
I simply cannot put enough emphasis on the importance of delighting yourself in God’s word, both written and spoken. For YHWY created the worlds with a word (Hebrews 11:3; 2 Peter 3:5- 7), and with a word they are sustained. Heaven and earth will pass away, but His words will never pass away (Luke 21:33). His word is the rock of ages that stands firm for eternity, so build your life upon it alone, and you will never be moved; build on anything else and you will surly fall (Matthew 7:24- 27).
Because of this great treasury at our finger tips, let us seek to delight ourselves in it day and night. Write His word on your door posts, and engrave it on your heart. Listen to no one or no thing that would try to deter you from being filled richly with the truths of God; they will guide you, they will speak to you and give you wisdom from heaven, they will fill your inner man with eternal riches and form in you the characteristics of Christ. They will expel darkness when it surrounds you, they will slice through deception and lies, casting down arguments and causing the devil to flee. God’s living word will make your leaves green, and cause fruit to multiply upon your branches. Love it, memorize it, and meditate upon it day and night, pondering on how to apply it to your life. Like food, digest God’s truths and let them become part of your spirit, and you will prosper in all that you do!
With love, Jonathan Ball
http://www.goodfight.org/
http://www.jonnyfivealive.wix.com/pyroounderground

What Really Matters?

What Really Matters?

James 4:14

“Whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.”

Picture this for a minute; imagine that all that you are living for at this time­- a good job, a career, a house payment, a marriage, a promotion, fame, fortune, entertainment, health, financial or worldly security, retirement, and any other agenda in this world are stripped away from you this very moment. Imagine that the economy crashes and the prices for living become astronomical over night. Think of what it would be like when people become starving, and start to loot and riot, rape and pillage, doing home invasions because they are desperate. Imagine if the safe life that you have always known is suddenly pulled out from under you and you are left in chaos. What then? What do you do to live? What do you rely on then?

Scripture tells us that this present world is passing away, that it is corroding along with those who trust in it (1 John 2:17). If we build our lives upon this world, trusting the uncertain riches of our bank account or any other thing in this life, we are like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. The house might be beautiful indeed, but the foundation is shifting and unstable, and as soon as the storm comes, that house will collapse. So will those who trust in this life when their world is turned upside down. Everything that they ever trusted will be completely destroyed and they will lay there utterly hopeless (Matthew 7:24- 27).

This is why Jesus, the Son of Man came, to teach us about the path of life (John 8:12). He instructed us to forsake our trust in this failing world and to trust wholly upon His words (Matthew 6:24); for man shall not live by bread alone, but by every Word that proceeds from the mouth of God (Luke 4:4). Wise is the person who hears Jesus voice and obeys it. He will be like a man who built his house upon a solid rock; when the storms come and pound upon that house, it will stand firm, because it is founded on something immovable. Nothing in heaven or hell, in time or eternity can change God’s word. It is a ROCK.

 When your heart safely trusts in what the Creator of all says, it will not matter whether danger nor famine comes, you will not be moved. You will say with the apostle Paul, “I know how to be abased and I know how to abound.” “I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content,“ “for I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:11- 13). Whether we live in safety and satisfaction or danger and chaos, let us trust in the unseen God alone, for He is your life and the length of your days (Deuteronomy 30:20). If He can feed the birds of the air, how much more will He not feed you? (Luke 12:24)

Please learn this lesson now, before it is forced upon you by circumstance, for you do not know what tomorrow holds. It could be your last day. Our nation could crumble, judgment could come. People would not believe that the United States could fall; I’m sure those in Europe thought similar thoughts before Hitler rose to power; I’m sure Roman citizens felt they would never be moved from glory, until Rome fell. I’m sure those in Romania felt secure until the communists came in and took over their government, horrifically torturing believers and oppressing the people.

 My friends, don’t trust your circumstances, trust God! You are not in control of your life and you never have been. Your life is only a vapor, it’s here one day and then it’s gone. The one thing you have control over are your choices today, so chose to follow Jesus with all that you are. Rely on Him, seek Him for everything! He will be with you through Hell and back, and will be your closest Ally, if you will obey Him (John 15:14). He will be with you when no one else can; He will never leave you nor forsake you, if you are His (Hebrews 13:5).

Whether you are slave or free, rich or poor, happy or sad, foolish or wise, please, please let go of the world and cling to Jesus Christ. He alone can save you, He alone can give you life… real life (John 3:36; John 10:10).

Love Jonathan Ball 

“I didn’t go to…

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“I didn’t go to religion to make me happy. I always knew a bottle of port would do that. If you want a religion to make you feel really comfortable, I certainly don’t recommend Christianity.”
C.S. Lewis

A great quote from C.S. Lewis about the truth of following Jesus. We don’t follow Him for a happier life, but because He gives us life, and saves us from the death that we deserve.