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Boldly proclaiming the Gospel
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Free – Take one
I use to be a believer. now I’m a Iollower!
This is not a message that will be openly received by a church at ease. Iilled with traditions and
doctrines oI men. One that is worldly and rich. having need oI nothing. and has never known
persecution. The lukewarm will not appreciate God’s. “Baptism oI Fire (Lk 12:50)” due to the
shame oI their nakedness (sin) and blindness (deception). This is a message that will only make
sense when one has truly embraced the Lord with a mature living Iaith having put SELF aside.
Acts 14:22. “ConIirming the souls oI the disciples. and exhorting them to continue in the
Iaith. and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom oI God.”
The purpose of this tract:
You will never realize your true destiny in God
until you stop trying to avoid your witness in Him.
Luke 9:23. “And he (Jesus) said to them all. II any man will come after me. let
him deny himselI. and take up his cross daily. and follow me.”
1 Peter 2:21. “For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suIIered
Ior us. leaving us an example. that ye should follow his steps:”
He’s calling
you!
Much like the world. popular Christendom likes to come up with witty Ieel
good sayings/Iads which can be mass marketed and sold as all sorts oI trinkets and
paraphernalia. Perhaps you have heard oI the phrase. “What would Jesus do (WWJD)?”
Supposedly when one Iinds oneselI in an unsure situation. they iust evoke this spiritual test to
determine the correct course oI action (or they could listen to the Holy Spirit). UnIortunately.
the remedy is only as good as the devotion oI the practitioner. In actuality. those who wear the
necklaces and bracelets would have to evoke the test to such a degree every time the television
is turned-on that they would have to stop watching it. and I do not think this has been the case
(but I pray it would be). For most. this will become yesterday’s pet rock idea that will be
considered a bit too restrictive to one’s selI-will. Many get caught up in speculative reasoning
which no doubt varies Irom one to another and is certainly highly inIluenced by the whims oI
the Ilesh (depending on how much one wants to do the thing in question). Rather than wonder
what Jesus would do. have we not missed the obvious? Why not ask. “What did Jesus do?”
Devotion:
Did you know? Jesus was sent oI another but eagerly came.
Did not speak His own words; did not perIorm His own works; submitted to another’s will
(putting His will totally aside); Iorsook the things oI the world – having only the clothes on His
back; was persecuted by the religious; and traveled the “Way oI the Cross” resulting in His
laying down His physical liIe Ior you.
What Did Jesus Do?
Interested? Read on…
You must install the Ionts in the “BeIore you start” Iolder Ior proper viewing
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Jesus oIten used the term. “follow me” and he certainly set the proper example. It would be very
wise oI us to take note oI how Jesus walked and apply the same devotion in our lives.
Many believers are content to live out their natural lives sitting on a pew. on certain days. in a
large religious structure listening to non-oIIensive. politically-correct. Ieel-good messages. The
Iact is that the message that Jesus brought was very oIIensive to most. particularly the religious.
John 3:19-20. “And this is the condemnation. that light is come into the world. and men loved
darkness rather than light. because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the
light. neither cometh to the light. lest his deeds should be reproved.” Further - Matthew 10:34-
36. “Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace. but a sword. For
I am come to set a man at variance against his Iather. and the daughter against her mother. and
the daughter in law against her mother in law. And a man's Ioes shall be they oI his own
household.” The truth oI God’s Word separates. Luke 21:17. “And ye shall be hated oI all men
Ior my name's sake.” There will not be big crowds where the truth is really spoken – iust devoted
Iollowers.
The message: Repent. put SELF aside and Iollow Christ daily! – A living faith!
John 14:12. “Verily. verily. I say unto you. He that believeth on me. the works that I do
shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.”
By what authority doest thou these
things?
John 8:12. “Then spake again unto them. saying. I am the light oI the world: he that
me shall not walk in darkness. but shall have the light oI liIe.”
Jesu
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Follow - To obey; to observe; to practice; to act in conformity to. To go after
(adhere to) or behind in a journey, but in the same direction (as in keeping your
eyes/heart fixed upon the example or set pattern of Jesus). To imitate (copy – be the
same as). To move on in the same course or direction. To be led or guided by; as, to
follow a track or course. To embrace; to adopt and maintain Christ’s example (down
the narrow path). To continue pursuit or endeavor; to persevere. It is our duty to
follow the commands of Christ - Good servants follow the directions of their master.
Be
faithful!
He that is of God heareth God’s words!John 8:47
John 10:27. “My sheep hear my voice. and I know them. and they follow me:”
1 John 2:6. “He that saith he abideth in him ought himselI also so to walk. even as he walked.”
John 10:4. “And when he putteth Iorth his own sheep. he goeth before them. and the sheep follow
him: Ior they know his voice.”
Every one that is of the truth heareth my
voice!
John 18:37
Ephesians 5:8. “For ye were sometimes darkness. but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as
children oI light:”
Sheep follow, goats must be driven!
Following Christ is equated to a narrow. inIrequently traveled path which leads to
eternal liIe (Matthew 7:14). Following the course oI the world is equated to a broad. popular
well traveled path which leads to everlasting damnation (Matthew 7:13). The sad Iact is that Iew
choose to travel this narrow path even though it is open to all. most iust Iollow their carnal
desires. Luke 13:23. “Then said one unto him. Lord. are there Iew that be saved? And he said
unto them. Strive to enter in at the strait gate: Ior many. I say unto you. will seek to enter in. and
shall not be able.” Many hope to enter the gate. but have no desire to iourney down the path.
What hinders you Irom entering the narrow gate and traveling this narrow path? Let us examine
Jesus Christ’s walk. our example – the one we are to Iollow. and you decide!
Choose:
The author does not intend to give the impression that we will obtain the same merits
as Christ (in Iollowing) Ior all who read this have sinned and he alone is truly worthy (without
sin). Luke 6:40. “The disciple is not above his master: but every one that is perIect shall be as
his master.” We are Iurther told in Matthew 10:25 that a disciple shall be as his master and a
servant as his lord. Who says we have to be perIect? Jesus did – Matthew 5:48. “Be ye thereIore
perIect. even as your Father which is in heaven is perIect.” The main point here is that Jesus
oIten said. “Iollow me.” Where was Jesus going? He was submitting himselI to the Father’s
will as he traveled the way oI the cross.
Note:
No turning back. No turning back
I have decided to Iollow Jesus
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1 Peter 2:21-22. “For even hereunto were ye called: because
Christ also suIIered Ior us. leaving us an example. that ye
should follow his steps: Who did no sin. neither was guile Iound in his mouth:”
Jesus lived a liIe devoid/absent oI SELF and He perIectly kept the Father’s will. He always
reached out in love to others. Let us examine this liIe that was given Ior our example.
John 3:16. “For God so loved the world. that he gave his only begotten Son. that whosoever
believeth in him should not perish. but have everlasting liIe.” Became flesh
dwelt among
What does it mean to
believe?

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deIinition #1 – Expressed as a mere assent (acknowledgment) oI the understanding
oI the truths (Iacts) oI the gospel - a mere preponderance oI opinion. and is nearly equivalent to
or . Usually this type oI belieI is not accompanied by Iirm persuasion.
certainty oI understanding. or commitment. OIten there is much . This doubt is not
necessarily a mental doubt within the individual since it is accompanied by much deception. but
shows more in liIestyle. thoughts and actions. This belieI relies upon the authority oI human
wisdom.
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Beli
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Let’s look at two very diIIerent deIinitions oI
the word “believe:”
To be firmly persuaded or certain is to “live it!”
Are you a Ianatic? Heaven is Iull oI them - think about it
James 3:19
A maiority oI “American believers” may Iit into this belieI group #1. but would not necessarily
acknowledge it even iI conIronted with Iacts. The content oI this pamphlet may be oI use and help
you determine iI you Iit into this group. iI you seek to know the .
honestl
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truth
deIinition #2 - Yielding oI the will (selI-will) and aIIections. accompanied with a
– To believe in God and obey Him. Understanding the truth oI what God has revealed
and living within that truth while relying on God’s strength. Faith inIluences the will. and leads
to an entire reliance on Christ. An entire conIidence or trust in God's character and declarations.
and in the character and doctrines oI Christ. with an unreserved surrender oI the will to his
guidance (total obedience). and dependence on his merits Ior everything. Full and aIIectionate
conIidence in the certainty oI those things which God has declared. because he has declared
them.
humble yet total reliance on Jesus Christ Ior everything. Full persuasion. ascribing to certainty -
especially with regard to the truth and application oI all the scriptures to one’s liIe. To trust and
place Iull conIidence in and take up the torch oI the testimony with Iaith – expectation or hope
with Iull assurance. Resting on God’s authority and veracity. without any other evidence. A
real belieI or Iaith is always accompanied by relevant actions and commitment in one’s liIe.
The Use of “Belief (believe)” in scripture is equated to
faith
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Passion from the heart – lived out daily!
John 8:42. “Jesus said unto them. II God were your Father. ye would love me: Ior I
proceeded Iorth and came Irom God; neither came I of myself. but he sent me.”
John 16:28. “I came forth from the Father. and am come into the world: again. I
leave the world. and go to the Father.”
God the Father sent Jesus the Son so that we (man) might have reconciliation to HimselI
through the Son. Jesus eagerly leIt the glories oI heaven to perIorm the Father’s will. Jesus put
His very “being (Godhood)” aside to IulIill the Father’s plan Ior mankind. In doing so. Christ
knew that He would Iace persecution. reiection. torture. “penalty oI our sin (Iilth).” and death -
but came anyway!
Obedience motivated by
love
Adam chose self over God’s will, Jesus chose
God’s will over self!
Hebrews 11:6. “But without Iaith it is impossible to please him: Ior he that cometh to God must
believe that he is. and that he is a rewarder oI them that diligently seek him.”
Hebrews 10:38. “Now the iust shall live by faith: but iI any man draw back. my soul shall have
no pleasure in him.”
Jesus’ Path – The Way of the Cross
reverence my son. – Matthew 21:37
John 3:17. “For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world
through him might be saved.”
He sent unto them his son, saying, They will
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Mark 10:45.”For even the Son oI man came not to be ministered unto. but to minister. and to
give his liIe a ransom Ior many.”
Him and He willingly complied. The true signiIicance oI this amazing event cannot be totally
understood at this time.
John 10:30. “I and my Father are one.”
John 12:44-45. “Jesus cried and said. He that believeth on me. believeth not on me. but on him
that sent me. And he that seeth me seeth him that sent me.”
John 1:1. “In the beginning was the Word. and the Word was with God. and the Word was God.”
Jesus is God:
1 John 5:7. “For there are three that bear record in heaven. the Father. the Word. and the Holy
Ghost: and these three are one.”
Jesus leIt His absolute power and authority in heaven and was born as a man. The Father sent
Jesus is the Word!
Blessed
We must understand:
- He quoted it
John 13:4-5. “He riseth Irom supper. and laid aside his garments; and took a towel. and girded
himselI. AIter that he poureth water into a bason. and began to wash the disciples' feet. and to
wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded.”
Humbled himself, putting pride
aside
Jesus came as a servant: He healed. delivered. served. Ied. ministered. taught. loved. suIIered.
Iorgave. and laid His liIe down. He was totally giving and never
SELF-ish.
For us!
He took the form of a
servant
Philippians 2:7
Of no
Lays aside rank & dignity
Becomes nothing
Luke 22:27
God’s by reiecting God’s knowledge in Iavor oI his own (ate Irom the Iorbidden tree oI the
knowledge oI good and evil). This resulted in and . In order Ior Christ to conquer sin
and death and bring reconciliation to the Father. He had to totally reiect his own will and
absolutely perIorm the Father’s will. By living in the Father’s will. Jesus IulIilled the law and
lived a perIect sinless liIe thus pleasing the Father. Romans 5:19. “For as by one man's
disobedience many were made sinners. so by the obedience oI one shall many be made
righteous.” This gave Jesus the over Satan (and sin and death) and He could proclaim:
Revelation 1:18. “I am he that liveth. and was dead; and. behold. I am alive Ior evermore. Amen;
and have the keys oI hell and oI death.”
deat sin
victory
John 10:27-28. “My sheep hear my voice. and I know them. and they follow me: And I give unto
them eternal liIe; and they shall never perish. neither shall any man pluck them out oI my hand.”
Jesus deIines His sheep as those who His voice and – these He knows!
he follow
Hebrews 4:15. “For we have not an high
priest which cannot be touched with the Ieeling oI our inIirmities; but was in all points tempted
like as we are. yet without sin.” Even though Jesus was God. He came to the earth as a man and
had no advantage over us. In the Garden oI Eden. the Iirst man. Adam. chose his own will over
Followers
Obey!
John 14:15
The
Wilderness:
to be tempted oI the devil. And when he had Iasted Iorty days and Iorty nights. he was aIterward
Matthew 4:1-4. “Then was Jesus led up oI the Spirit into the wilderness
John 12:26. “II any man serve me. let him follow me; and where I am. there shall also my
servant be: iI any man serve me. him will my Father honour.”
We are now to put our lives aside (die to SELF) and
serve Jesus
1 Thessalonians 2:12. “That ye would walk worthy oI God. who hath called you unto
his kingdom and glory.”
Emptied of self-sufficiency and self-confidence
We
Follow!
Conformed to Christ’s image - the firstborn among many
This is what liIe’s all about Ior those who love the Lord – conIorming to the very image oI
Christ. When we are obedient to Christ (Doers oI His Word) and are led by the Holy Spirit we
change! We abide in Christ and bear Iruit meet Ior repentance (Mat Chapter 15. Acts 26:20).
We also serve each other:
John 13:13. “Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; Ior so I am.”
Mark 10:42-44. “But Jesus called them to him. and
saith unto them. Ye know that they which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise
lordship over them; and their great ones exercise authority upon them. But so shall it not be
among you: but whosoever will be great among you. shall be your minister: And whosoever oI
you will be the chieIest. shall be servant of all.”
Matthew 23:11. “But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.”
Not a man
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Matthew 4:6-7. “And saith unto him. II thou be the Son oI God. cast thyselI down: Ior it is
written. He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee
up. lest at any time thou dash thy Ioot against a stone. Jesus said unto him. It is written again.
Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.” Again the devil appealed to any doubt that Jesus
might have had as to who He was (and to His pride). Notice that the devil can quote scripture
even though he misapplies it. Satan’s workers do the same (2 Corinthians 11:13-15) and we are
to beware. Again. Jesus is humble/meek (does not exalt selI) and responds with God’s Word.
Matthew 4:8-10. “Again. the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain. and
sheweth him all the kingdoms oI the world. and the glory oI them; And saith unto him. All
Jesus obeyed the Father’s will! – He
an hungred. And when the tempter came to him. he said. II thou be the Son oI God. command that
these stones be made bread. But he answered and said. It is written. Man shall not live by bread
alone. but by every word that proceedeth out oI the mouth oI God.” The devil always tempts at a
point oI weakness. Jesus must have been very hungry aIter Iorty days without Iood; nevertheless
He denied selI to perIorm the will oI the Father. Jesus would later state: John 4:34. “Jesus saith
unto them. My meat is to do the will of him that sent me. and to finish his work.” Satan also
questioned Jesus’ divinity thereby tempting Him to prove HimselI. Jesus appropriately responded
with the Word oI God (as we are to do) establishing His intention to live totally within the
Father’s will.
these things will I give thee. iI thou wilt Iall down and worship me. Then saith Jesus unto him.
Get thee hence. Satan: Ior it is written. Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God. and him only
shalt thou serve.” Lastly. Jesus is tempted with great power. but puts all selI interest aside and
proclaims that He will serve only the Father – Praise God! Note: temptation itselI is not a sin.
Incorrectly responding to a temptation produces a sin. For those who seek. God provides a
way out.
Galatians 2:20. “I am cruciIied with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I. but Christ liveth in
me: and the liIe which I now live in the Ilesh I live by the faith of the Son of God. who loved
me. and gave himselI Ior me.”
We must die to SELF and live for Christ
John 8:28-29. “Then said Jesus unto them. When
ye have liIted up the Son oI man. then shall ye know that I am he. and that I do nothing of
myself; but as my Father hath taught me. I speak these things. And he that sent me is with me:
the Father hath not leIt me alone; Ior I do always those things that please him.”
John 5:19-20. “Then answered Jesus and said unto them. Verily. verily. I say unto you. The Son
can do nothing of himself. but what he seeth the Father do: Ior what things soever he doeth. these
also doeth the Son likewise. For the Father loveth the Son. and sheweth him all things that himselI
doeth: and he will shew him greater works than these. that ye may marvel.”
Jesus Obeyed!
(Read 2 Timothy 2:11)
Romans 15:3
1 Cor 10:13
John 5:30. “I can oI mine own selI do nothing: as I hear. I iudge: and my iudgment is
iust; because I seek not mine own will. but the will oI the Father which hath sent me.”
John 6:38. “For I came down Irom heaven. not to do mine own will. but the will oI him that sent
me.”
Jesus never sought earthly things – no house. lands. career. money. possessions. power. etc. Jesus
never instructed His disciples to seek worldly things either – not even to build big church buildings
or cathedrals. Jesus didn’t come to establish a physical kingdom but a spiritual one. Luke 17:21.
“Neither shall they say. Lo here! or. lo there! Ior. behold. the kingdom of God is within you.”
Jesus proclaimed that He did nothing oI HimselI but only that which the Father desired. This is
a liIe where SELF has been completely put to death. Christ’s delight was Iound in pleasing the
Father by perIorming the Father’s will. This was so complete that Jesus could make the
Iollowing statement when Iacing death (and taking on the sin oI the world – separation Irom the
Father): Luke 22:42. “Saying. Father. iI thou be willing. remove this cup Irom me: nevertheless
not my will, but thine, be done.”
John 8:54-55. “Jesus answered. II I honour myselI. my honour is nothing: it is my Father that
honoureth me; oI whom ye say. that he is your God: Yet ye have not known him; but I know
him: and iI I should say. I know him not. I shall be a liar like unto you: but I know him. and
keep his saying.”
Christ pleased not
himself
- Romans 15:3
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We are now to put our lives aside and live for Jesus
– His will!
John 8:51. “Verily. verily. I say unto you. If a man keep my saying. he shall never see death.”
John 14:23. “Jesus answered and said unto him. II a man love me. he will keep my words: and
my Father will love him. and we will come unto him. and make our abode with him.”
1 Peter 4:2. “That he no longer should live the rest oI his time in the Ilesh to the lusts oI men.
but to the will of God.”
Matthew 12:50. “For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven. the same is
my (Christ’s) brother. and sister. and mother.”
John 7:16. “Jesus answered them. and said. My doctrine is not mine. but his that sent me.”
John 12:49-50. “For I have not spoken of
myself; but the Father which sent me. he gave me a commandment. what I should say, and what
I should speak. And I know that his commandment is liIe everlasting: whatsoever I speak
thereIore. even as the Father said unto me. so I speak.”
Jesus proclaimed (as a man) that he could do nothing oI HimselI. likewise neither can we: John
15:5. “I am the vine. ye are the branches: He that abideth in me. and I in him. the same bringeth
Iorth much Iruit: Ior without me ye can do nothing.”
Deny Self – Obey
God!
I delight to do thy
will
the words oI God. Jn 3:34
He whom God hath sent speaketh
John 5:36. “But I have greater witness than that
oI John: Ior the works which the Father hath given me to Iinish. the same works that I do. bear
witness oI me. that the Father hath sent me.”
John 9:4. “I must work the works of him that sent me. while it is day: the night cometh. when no
man can work.”
John 5:17. “But Jesus answered them. My Father worketh hitherto. and I work.”
Jesus completed all the work the Father gave Him to do: John 17:4-5. “I have gloriIied thee on the
earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do. And now. O Father. gloriIy thou
me with thine own selI with the glory which I had with thee beIore the world was.”
We must be doing Christ’s
works!
John 15:2. “Every branch in me that beareth not Iruit he (the Father) taketh away: and every
branch that beareth Iruit. he (the Father) purgeth it. that it may bring forth more fruit.”
We are also to do the Father’s works –
through Christ
John 15:8. “Herein is my Father gloriIied. that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my (Christ’s)
disciples.”
Even at the age oI twelve. Jesus was in the temple about God’s will: Luke 2:49. “And he said unto
them. How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father's business?”
All things must be done voluntarily
John 14:10-11. “Believest thou not that I am in the Father. and the Father in me? the words that I
speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me. he doeth the works.
Believe me that I am in the Father. and the Father in me: or else believe me Ior the very works'
sake.”
As a man –
John 8:26. “I have many things to say and to iudge oI you: but he that sent me is true; and I speak
to the world those things which I have heard of him.”
John 8:29. “And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not leIt me alone; for I do always
those things that please him.”
Recall: In Eden. Adam reiected God’s knowledge in Iavor oI
gaining his own. Jesus lives within God’s knowledge and reiects His own.
Adam lost, Jesus
restored
We are now to Speak Christ’s
Words:
Preach the
gospel
Mark 16:15
Mark 13:31. “Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.”
John 15:7. “II ye abide in me. and my words abide in you. ye shall ask what ye will. and it
shall be done unto you.” He that heareth you, heareth me!Luke 10:16
John 20:21. “Then said Jesus to them again. Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me,
even so send I you.” Matthew 28:19-20. “Go ye thereIore. and teach all nations. baptizing them
in the name oI the Father. and oI the Son. and oI the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all
things whatsoever I have commanded you: and. lo. I am with you always…”
Mk 1:22
Jn 7:46
Mk 2:12
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Christ needed this and so do you
Luke 6:12. “And it came to pass in those days. that he went out into a mountain to pray. and
continued all night in prayer to God.”
Luke 5:16. “And he withdrew himselI into the
wilderness. and prayed.”
Mark 1:35. “And in the morning. rising up a great while beIore day. he went out. and departed
into a solitary place, and there prayed.”
Matthew 14:23. “And when he had sent the multitudes away. he went up into a mountain
apart to pray: and when the evening was come. he was there alone.”
Luke 22:41
Religious prayers are said in public to be seen oI men (Mat 6:5) – perhaps at Sunday go to
meeting. Relationship prayers are as Iollows: Matthew 6:6. “But thou. when thou prayest. enter
into thy closet. and when thou hast shut thy door. pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy
Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.” This is intimacy between you and God.
You must turn oII the television (or radio) and put down the newspaper (or magazines) or any
other oI these common distractions and spend quality (needed) time (oIten) seeking God
through prayer in quiet solitude. When you seek Iirst the kingdom oI God. while putting
worldliness aside. you are dying to SELF and allowing Christ to increase in your liIe. Your liIe
will begin to change!
Kneeled and
prayed
Seek God’s will in your
life!
Matthew 8:20. “And Jesus saith
unto him. The Ioxes have holes. and the birds oI the air have nests; but the Son oI man hath not
where to lay his head (no house).” Jesus didn’t carry around money. Observe how Jesus paid the
tax collectors: Matthew 17:27. “Notwithstanding. lest we should oIIend them. go thou to the
sea. and cast an hook. and take up the Iish that Iirst cometh up; and when thou hast opened his
mouth. thou shalt Iind a piece oI money: that take. and give unto them Ior me and thee.”
Am I saying that you must give up everything? Not necessarily. You should Iollow the Holy
Spirit’s leading. Mark 10:17-22. “And when he was gone Iorth into the way. there came one
running. and kneeled to him. and asked him. Good Master. what shall I do that I may inherit
eternal liIe? And Jesus said unto him. Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one.
that is. God. Thou knowest the commandments. Do not commit adultery. Do not kill. Do not
steal. Do not bear Ialse witness. DeIraud not. Honour thy Iather and mother. And he answered
and said unto him. Master. all these have I observed Irom my youth. Then Jesus beholding him
loved him. and said unto him. One thing thou lackest: go thy way. sell whatsoever thou hast.
and give to the poor. and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come. take up the cross. and
follow me. And he was sad at that saying. and went away grieved: Ior he had great
possessions” This man allowed his possessions to rule him rather than God.
Mark 1:10. “And straightway coming up out oI the water.
He (Jesus) saw the heavens opened. and the Spirit like a
dove descending upon him:” Luke 4:1. “And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned Irom
Jordan. and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness.”
Jesus depended upon the Holy Spirit to accomplish His work on earth: Acts 10:38. “How God
anointed Jesus oI Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good.
and healing all that were oppressed oI the devil; Ior God was with him.”
Jesus came to the earth as a man. He completely yielded His will to the Father and was led oI
the Spirit (1 John 5:7) in all things. Jesus proclaimed IulIillment oI the prophecy oI Esaias by
proclaiming : Luke 4:18-19. “The Spirit oI the Lord is upon me. because he hath anointed me
to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted. to preach
deliverance to the captives. and recovering oI sight to the blind. to set at liberty them that are
bruised. To preach the acceptable year oI the Lord.”
Led by the Spirit
Matthew 12:18. “Behold my servant. whom I have chosen; my beloved. in whom my soul is
well pleased: I will put my spirit upon him. and he shall shew iudgment to the Gentiles.”
The Spirit was upon Jesus
We must also cry out to be filled with His Holy
Spirit
John 3:5. 14:26. 15:26. 16:7-8. 13-15. Luke 3:16
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23
24
Those that follow have a
guide:
John 16:13-15. “Howbeit when he. the
Spirit oI truth. is come. he will guide you into all truth: Ior he shall not speak oI himselI; but
whatsoever he shall hear. that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. He shall
gloriIy me: Ior he shall receive oI mine. and shall shew it unto you. All things that the Father
hath are mine: thereIore said I. that he shall take oI mine. and shall shew it unto you.”
John 15:26. “But when the ComIorter is come. whom I will send unto you Irom the Father. even
the Spirit oI truth. which proceedeth Irom the Father. he shall testiIy oI me:” John 14:26. “But
the ComIorter. which is the Holy Ghost. whom the Father will send in my name. he shall teach
you all things. and bring all things to your remembrance. whatsoever I have said unto you.”
Galatians 5:25. “II we live in the Spirit. let us also walk in the Spirit.”
Romans 8:1. “There is thereIore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus.
who walk not aIter the Ilesh. but after the Spirit.”
Romans 8:14. “For as many as are led by the Spirit oI God. they are the sons oI God.”
Led/walk after =
2 Cor 3:18
Romans 8:4. “That the righteousness oI the law might be IulIilled in us. who walk not
aIter the Ilesh. but after the Spirit.”
1 Peter 4:6. “For Ior this cause was the gospel preached also to them that are dead. that they
might be iudged according to men in the Ilesh. but live according to God in the spirit.”
2) At the Mount oI TransIiguration (prior to Christ’s death): Matthew 17:5. “While he yet
spake. behold. a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out oI the cloud. which
said. This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.”
1) At Jesus’ baptism (perIormed by John the Baptist): Luke 3:22. “And the Holy Ghost
descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him (Jesus). and a voice (Father) came Irom
heaven. which said. Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased.”
A kingdom not of this world: Jesus knew the Father’s will - that he would be
the sacriIice Ior the sinIulness oI mankind. Even so He was tempted with a worldly kingdom.
yet denied himselI to perIorm God’s will: John 6:15. “When Jesus thereIore perceived that they
would come and take him by force. to make him a king. he departed again into a mountain
himselI alone.” Jesus would later proclaim to Pilate: John 18:36. “Jesus answered. My kingdom
is not oI this world: iI my kingdom were oI this world. then would my servants Iight. that I
should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not Irom hence.”
The Father was
Pleased:
Jesus emptied himselI oI His own will and went about
speaking the words oI the Father and doing the Father’s works. On two separate occasions the
Father expressed His pleasure with the Son.
One day, we want to hear Christ say, “Well done good
and faithful servant.”
Three bear witness
Well
done!
Given to Those Who Obey:
Acts 5:32. “And we are his witnesses oI these
things; and so is also the Holy Ghost. whom God hath given to them that obey him.”
Ask
Functions of the Holy
(Not necessarily an all inclusive list)
Teaches (all truth) – John 14:26. Luke 12:12 Mark 13:11. 1 Corinthians 2:13
Comforts (peace/joy) – Acts 9:31. John 15:26. John 14:26. Romans 14:17. 1 Thessalonians
1:6
Directs/leads – Luke 2:25-27. Acts 16:6. Acts 13:2. 4
Leads to Righteousness – John 16:8. Psalm 23:3. Galatians 5:22-23
Intercedes/helps you pray - Romans 8:26
Gives you boldness (preach gospel) – Acts 4:31
Dwells in You – 2 Timothy 1:14. John 14:17. 1 Corinthians 6:19
Gives Power – Romans 15:13. 1 Thessalonians 1:5. Luke 24:49. John 1:12. Mark 9:1. Acts 1:8
Prophesy – John 16:13-15. 2 Peter 1:21. Acts 20:23
Testifies of Jesus (glorifies) – John 14:26. John 16: 13-15. John 15:26
Testifies of Judgment – John 16:8
Convicts of sin – John 16:8
Rivers
Of living
Water
John 7:38-39
We are changed into Christ’s image as led by the Spirit oI the Lord – 2 Corinthians 3:18. Cry
out to God with a pure and sincere heart and ask God Ior this precious giIt.
Ephesians 4:30. “And grieve not the holy Spirit oI God.
whereby ye are sealed unto the day oI redemption.”
Love
Romans 5:5
Spiritual
Gifts
1 Corinthians 12
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Romans 5:6-8. “For when we were yet without
strength. in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely Ior a righteous man will one
die: yet peradventure Ior a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth his
love toward us. in that. while we were yet sinners. Christ died Ior us.”
Wow!
Would you give your very liIe Ior those who hate you and despiteIully use you? For those who
were iust plain undeserving? Christ gave everything He had – His very liIe Ior you! Is this not
precious to you?
John 10:11. “I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his liIe Ior the sheep.”
John 10:15. “As the Father knoweth me. even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life Ior
the sheep.”
His life wasn’t taken – He gave
it !!!
John 15:13. “Greater love hath no man than this. that a man lay down his life Ior his Iriends.”
John 10:17-18. “ThereIore doth my Father love me. because I lay down my liIe. that I might
take it again. No man taketh it from me. but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it
down. and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received oI my Father.”
Philippians 2:7-8. “But made himself of no reputation. and took upon him the form of a
servant. and was made in the likeness oI men: And being Iound in Iashion as a man. he
humbled himself. and became obedient unto death. even the death oI the cross.”
Wow!
God humbled Himself – became a
servant!
For you!
1 John 3:16. “Hereby perceive we the love oI God. because he
laid down his liIe Ior us: and we ought to lay down our lives Ior the brethren.”
What About Us?
Revelation 2:10. “…be thou faithful unto death. and I will give thee a crown oI liIe.”
Philippians 3:10. “That I may know him. and the power oI his resurrection. and the Iellowship
oI his suIIerings. being made conformable unto his death;”
The way of the cross is death to
SELF
1 Peter 4:1-2. “Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh. arm yourselves
likewise with the same mind: Ior he that hath suIIered in the Ilesh hath ceased Irom sin; That he
no longer should live the rest oI his time in the Ilesh to the lusts oI men. but to the will of God.”
Philippians 1:29. “For unto you it is given in the behalI oI Christ. not only to believe on
him. but also to suffer for his sake;”
2 Timothy 3:12. “Yea. and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.”
Jesus Triumphed:
Jesus legally triumphed over Satan. The penalty Ior sin is death:
Romans 5:10. “WhereIore. as by one man sin entered into the world. and death by sin; and so
death passed upon all men. Ior that all have sinned:” - For the wages oI sin is death (Romans
6:23). The sting oI death is sin (1 Cor 15:56). But…Jesus never sinned - yet Satan killed Him.
Paradox
?
Die to live?
Recall Luke 22:2-4. “Then entered Satan into Judas surnamed Iscariot. being oI the number oI
the twelve. And he went his way. and communed with the chieI priests and captains. how he
might betray him unto them (also John 13:27).” Satan orchestrated Christ’s death. even though
all this was in God’s plan (mystery) and Jesus willingly laid down His liIe. Jesus was killed
without legal grounds. Jesus lived the liIe that Adam Iailed to live. Jesus was totally obedient to
the Father in every way and without sin! ThereIore: Acts 2:24. “Whom God hath raised up.
having loosed the pains oI death: because it was not possible that he should be holden oI it.” –
Death hath no more dominion over Him (Rom 6:9). Jesus paid the price oI our past sin
(Romans 3:25) and gives us the strength (Philippians 4:13) and ability (John 16:7) to follow
Him and reconciles us to the Father (Romans 5:10). 1 Corinthians 15:25-26. “For he must
reign. till he hath put all enemies under his Ieet. The last enemy that shall be destroyed is
death.” To destroy death. sin must be destroyed. 1 John 3:8. “He that committeth sin is oI the
devil; Ior the devil sinneth Irom the beginning. For this purpose the Son oI God was
maniIested. that he might destroy the works of the devil.” Jesus saves us Irom our sins (Mat
1:21). We deIeat sin in our lives by abiding in Him (John Chapter 15). Just as Christ was raised.
we shall be resurrected likewise (Romans 6:5. also 1 Cor 15:21). Death will be swallowed up in
victory - O death. where is thy sting? O grave. where is thy victory? (1 Cor 15:54-55)
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John 8:54. “Jesus answered. II I honour myselI. my honour is nothing: it is my Father that
honoureth me; oI whom ye say. that he is your God:”
The Father will Honour: Christ’s selIless liIe (humble/meek/merciIul/loving) and
yielding to the Father’s will brings about great honour Irom the Father.
1 Timothy 6:15-16. “Which in his times he shall shew. who is the blessed and only Potentate. the
King of kings. and Lord of lords; Who only hath immortality. dwelling in the light which no
man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen. nor can see: to whom be honour and power
everlasting. Amen.”
John 3:35. “The Father loveth the Son. and hath given all things into his hand.”
Luke 10:22. “All things are delivered to me of my Father: and no man knoweth who the Son
is. but the Father; and who the Father is. but the Son. and he to whom the Son will reveal him.”
Potentate - A person who possesses great power or sway; Highest King! Supreme.
Well done, thou good and faithful
Philippians 2:9-11. “WhereIore God also hath highly exalted him. and given him a name
which is above every name: That at the name oI Jesus every knee should bow. oI things in
heaven. and things in earth. and things under the earth; And that every tongue should conIess
that Jesus Christ is Lord. to the glory oI God the Father.”
Humble is
Exalted!
He is worthy
This means you serve Him voluntarily out oI love. 2 Corinthians 5:17. “ThereIore iI any man be
in Christ. he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold. all things are become new.”
This is known as being “born again” (John 3:3). This is iust THE START oI Iollowing Jesus.
Proceed Iorward – to become stagnant or not move Iorward is a deIinite sign oI a rebellious heart
that is not yielding selI-will to the things God would do in your liIe (Hebrews 10:38).
You must build your liIe on a sure (Iirm) Ioundation – Luke 6:47-48. “Whosoever cometh to me.
and heareth my sayings. and doeth them. I will shew you to whom he is like: He is like a man
which built an house. and digged deep. and laid the Ioundation on a rock: and when the Ilood
arose. the stream beat vehemently upon that house. and could not shake it: Ior it was Iounded
upon a rock.” Notice in the verse that there must be more than iust an acknowledging oI the truth
but an application oI it to your liIe. The Ioundation is Christ and he must be the meaning oI your
liIe. The building is not a structure or the accumulation oI wealth or possessions. but is the
essence oI who you are. The Ilood which beat vehemently is the tribulations you will Iace. When
you “Iollow” Christ you will be able to endure the tribulations no matter how severe – this is His
The foundation must be obedience to God’s
Word!
righteousness). This is repenting – turning your back on your selI-will and sinIul existence and
putting your trust upon Jesus as your Lord. God HimselI changes you and writes His laws in your
heart (Hebrews 8:10). Repent – seek the Lord while He
may be found
Isaiah 55:6-7
The Bible says. Matthew 6:33. “But seek ye first the kingdom oI
God. and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Whatever your
situation in liIe. start seeking God - Right NOW! (your new #1 priority) through His Son Jesus
Christ. Jesus said it like this: Mark 12:30. “And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy
heart. and with all thy soul. and with all thy mind. and with all thy strength: this is the Iirst
commandment.” Read/study God’s Word and listen to what the Holy Spirit says to you (not
man). then obey. As you yield to God. your liIe will begin to change. Philippians 2:13. “For it is
God which worketh in you both to will and to do oI his good pleasure.” Your desire toward God
and liIe should be: Matthew 6:10. “Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth (and in my
life). as it is in heaven.” Consider this: John 1:12-13. “But as many as received him. to them gave
he power to become the sons of God. even to them that believe on his name: Which were born.
not oI blood. nor oI the will oI the Ilesh. nor of the will of man. but of God.” You must see your
own inadequacies and inabilities and realize your Iailures (poor in spirit). hate the sin in your
liIe and its power over you (mourn). you must humble yourselI beIore God (meek). and you
must seek to know God and serve Him and allow Him to change you (hunger and thirst after
How Do I Follow?
John 12:26. “II any man serve me. let him follow me; and where I
am. there shall also my servant be: iI any man serve me. him will my Father honour.”
Christ’s Disciples:
Us?
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32
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promise. II you love Jesus Irom the heart you’ll Iollow your Shepard as a lamb. II not. something
else (guilt. Iear) may be driving you to Iollow as a goat – that would miss the mark!
John 4:23-24. “But the hour cometh. and now 
is. when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: Ior the Father 
seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in
spirit and in truth.” 1) What is in Spirit? John 14:26. “But the ComIorter. which is the Holy
Ghost. whom the Father will send in my name. he shall teach you all things. and bring all things
to your remembrance. whatsoever I have said unto you.” AND Romans 8:14. “For as many as
are led by the Spirit oI God. they are the sons oI God.” 2) What is in Truth? John 14:6. “Jesus
saith unto him. I am the way. the truth. and the liIe: no man cometh unto the Father. but by me.”
Recall that Jesus is The Very Word (John 1:1-4) – John 17:17. “SanctiIy them (set apart)
through thy truth: thy word is truth.” ThereIore: We must read God’s Word and be taught 
and led of His Spirit. We must apply the things we learn to our lives and live them daily. This
requires a daily dying to our will and many changes in our lives. As we live this Word we begin
to grow and mature. As we grow and mature and are IaithIul. God will open our eyes to more
revelation oI His Word and give us greater tasks to perIorm in His kingdom. We seek Jesus
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must apply it
Blindness:
Mystery of the kingdom
Blind Bartimaeus received sight
And Iollowed in the way – Mk 10:52
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Matthew 4:18-22. “And Jesus. walking by the sea oI Galilee. saw two
brethren. Simon called Peter. and Andrew his brother. casting a net into
the sea: Ior they were Iishers. And he saith unto them. Follow me. and I will make you Iishers
oI men. And they straightway leIt their nets. and followed him. And going on Irom thence. he
saw other two brethren. James the son oI Zebedee. and John his brother. in a ship with Zebedee
their Iather. mending their nets; and he called them. And they immediately leIt the ship and
their Iather. and followed him.” Matthew 9:9. “And as Jesus passed Iorth Irom thence. he saw a
man. named Matthew. sitting at the receipt oI custom: and he saith unto him. Follow me. And
he arose. and followed him. John 1:43. “The day Iollowing Jesus would go Iorth into Galilee.
and Iindeth Philip. and saith unto him. Follow me.” These disciples immediately Iorsook their
livelihoods (Iishing and tax collecting) and Iollowed Christ. We must be willing to leave all
things at Christ’s calling.
Seeing the Value: Matthew 13:44. “Again. the kingdom oI heaven is like unto treasure
hid in a Iield; the which when a man hath Iound. he hideth. and Ior ioy thereoI goeth and selleth
all that he hath. and buyeth that Iield.” The kingdom oI heaven is equated with hidden treasure.
When a man Iinds this treasure and realizes its worth. he is willing to part with everything he has
to obtain it. In other words everything oI value in his liIe becomes meaningless in comparison
Yes Lord!
I’m a believer but don’t want to be a
fanatic! Luke 14:27. “And whosoever doth not bear his cross. and come after me. cannot be my
disciple.” Luke 14:33. “So likewise. whosoever he be oI you that Iorsaketh not all that he
hath. he cannot be my disciple.” Luke 14:26. “II any man come to me. and hate not his
Iather. and mother. and wiIe. and children. and brethren. and sisters. yea. and his own life
also. he cannot be my disciple.”
9:61-62. “And another also said. Lord. I will Iollow thee; but let me Iirst go bid them Iarewell.
which are at home at my house. And Jesus said unto him. No man. having put his hand to the
plough. and looking back. is Iit Ior the kingdom oI God.” How many say. Lord I will Iollow
“BUT.” One must be Iocused and committed to continue a work begun. Once a decision is
made there can be no looking back (drawing back) or distractions. Have you made a
commitment to God and allowed other distractions to interIere or take precedence?
Count the cost?
Matthew 8:19-20. “And a certain scribe came. and said unto him.
Master. I will Iollow thee whithersoever thou goest. And Jesus saith unto him. The Ioxes have
holes. and the birds oI the air have nests; but the Son oI man hath not where to lay his head.”
Many are expecting blessings and worldly prosperity. but Christ sought none oI these things and
Iollowers should not expect any diIIerent. Christ’s kingdom is not oI this world.
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Urgency? Luke 9:59-60. “And he said unto another. Follow me. But he said. Lord. suIIer
me Iirst to go and bury my Iather. Jesus said unto him. Let the dead bury their dead: but go thou
and preach the kingdom oI God.” This may have seemed like a reasonable request but when
Christ calls there is no time or place Ior delay. God must take precedent in our lives. LiIe is
Iound in Christ. all else leads to death. This man lacked a real zeal toward Christ’s calling. Luke
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38
39
Suffering, persecution, and tribulation is the norm for a
follower.
Luke 21:17. “And ye shall be hated oI all men Ior my name's sake.”
Romans 8:36. “As it is written. For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as
sheep Ior the slaughter.”
1 John 3:13. “Marvel not. my brethren. iI the world hate you.”
Matthew 24:9. “Then shall they deliver you up to be aIIlicted. and shall kill you: and ye shall be
hated oI all nations Ior my name's sake.”
Acts 14:22. “ConIirming the souls oI the disciples. and exhorting them to continue in the Iaith.
and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom oI God.”
John 16:33. “These things I have spoken unto you. that in me ye might have peace. In the world
ye shall have tribulation: but be oI good cheer; I have overcome the world.”
2 Thessalonians 1:4-5. “So that we ourselves glory in you in the churches oI God Ior your
patience and Iaith in all your persecutions and tribulations that ye endure: Which is a
maniIest token oI the righteous iudgment oI God. that ye may be counted worthy oI the
kingdom oI God. Ior which ye also suffer:”
Mark 13:13. “And ye shall be hated oI all men Ior my name's sake: but he that shall endure unto
the end. the same shall be saved.”
Not suffering? Maybe you’re ineffective?
Suffering of Christ?
Jesus suIIered Ior you: He was reiected by his own people
(Mark 8:31. 27:22). ridiculed (Luke 13:14); deserted by his Iollowers (John 6:66); plotted against
(Luke 22:2. John 11:50); accused oI having a demon (John 8:49); blasphemed (Luke 22:65);
hunted (John7:1); Ialsely accused (Mat 26:60); spit upon. buIIeted. and smote (Mat 26:67. 27:30.
Mark 14:65); mocked (Mat 26:68. 27:29. Mark 15:29. 31); betrayed by a Iriend (Luke 22:48. Mat
26:25); denied by his closest Iriends (Mat 26:74. Mark 14:50. 71); scourged (Mat27:26. John
19:1); stripped (Mat 27:28. John 19:23-24); nailed to a cross and cruciIied (Mark 15:25. John
19:18); and his side was pierced (John 19:34). The religious gave Him trouble Irom day one!
Suffering for Christ? What about the Iollowers oI Christ? 1 Peter 2:21. “For even
hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us. leaving us an example. that ye
should follow his steps:” To Iollow in ones steps is getting very speciIic and should be heeded.
John 15:18. “II the world hate you. ye know that it hated me beIore it hated you.” Matthew
10:25. “It is enough Ior the disciple that he be as his master. and the servant as his lord. II they
have called the master oI the house Beelzebub (demon). how much more shall they call them oI
his household?” Philippians 1:29. “For unto you it is given in the behalI oI Christ. not only to
believe on him. but also to suffer for his sake;” Romans 8:17. “And iI children. then heirs;
heirs oI God. and ioint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him. that we may be also
Matthew 5:10-12. “ are they which are
Ior ' sake: Ior theirs is the kingdom oI heaven. are ye. when men
shall you. and you. and shall say all manner oI against you Ialsely.
for my sake. . and be exceeding glad: Ior great is your reward in heaven: Ior so

they the prophets which were beIore you.”
A Blessing in
Suffering:
bless
revile
evil
bless
persecute
righteousness
persecute
Rejoice
persecute
Luke 6:22. “ are ye. when men shall hate you. and when they shall you Irom
their company. and shall reproach you. and cast out your name as evil. Ior the Son oI man's sake.”
separate
bless
1 Peter 4:14. “II ye be Ior the name oI Christ. are ye; Ior the spirit oI
glory and oI God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken oI. but on your part he is
gloriIied.”
reproached happy
When you become a light, the darkness
flees!
Do not fear man – Fear God!
1 Peter 3:14. “But and iI ye Ior righteousness' sake. are ye: and be not aIraid oI
their terror. neither be troubled;”
suffer
happy
Read
2 Cor 4:8-9
Romans 8:18. “For I reckon that the suIIerings oI this present time are not worthy to be
compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.”
gloriIied together.” 2 Timothy 2:12. “If we suffer. we shall also reign with him: iI we deny
him. he also will deny us:” 2 Timothy 3:12. “Yea. and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus
shall suffer persecution.”
A seed must die to produce fruit
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41
42
An Christ requested that we take up our cross and Iollow Him (denying
ourselves) Iour times in the New Testament (Mat 16:24. Mark 8:34. 10:21. and Luke 9:23). In
the book oI John. “Iollowing” was put into the context oI sheep obeying the Iamiliar Shepard.
Christ revealed what this meant six times in the New Testament as Iollows:
Losing your life for Jesus:
Take
Matthew 10:39. “He that Iindeth his liIe shall lose it: and he that loseth his liIe Ior my sake
shall Iind it.”
Matthew 16:25. “For whosoever will save his liIe shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his liIe
Ior my sake shall Iind it.”
Mark 8:35. “For whosoever will save his liIe shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his liIe Ior
my sake and the gospel's. the same shall save it.”
Luke 9:24. “For whosoever will save his liIe shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his liIe Ior
my sake. the same shall save it.”
Luke 17:33. “Whosoever shall seek to save his liIe shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his
liIe shall preserve it.”
John 12:25. “He that loveth his liIe shall lose it; and he that hateth his liIe in this world shall
keep it unto liIe eternal.” A point is being made here!
Live for self and die!
Die to self and live!
Your will or His will
2 Timothy 2:11
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elders. and the scribes. and came upon him. and caught him. and brought him to the council.
And set up Ialse witnesses. which said. This man ceaseth not to speak blasphemous words
against this holy place. and the law:” How did Stephen respond to all oI this: Acts 6:15. “And all
that sat in the council. looking stedIastly on him. saw his Iace as it had been the Iace oI an
angel.” Stephen then proceeds to preach through the wisdom oI the Holy Ghost and brings great
conviction upon his accusers. Acts 7:54. “When they heard these things. they were cut to the
heart. and they gnashed on him with their teeth.” Do you see how Stephen is Iollowing in the
path oI Jesus? Is the Lord pleased? Acts 7:55-56. “But he. being Iull oI the Holy Ghost. looked
up stedIastly into heaven. and saw the glory oI God. and Jesus standing on the right hand oI
God. And said. Behold. I see the heavens opened. and the Son oI man standing on the right hand
oI God.” These religious Iolks did not receive this at all: Acts 7:57. 59. “Then they cried out
with a loud voice. and stopped their ears. and ran upon him with one accord. And they stoned
Stephen. calling upon God. and saying. Lord Jesus. receive my spirit.” How did Stephen react?
Did he lash out and ask God to avenge this wrongIul deed? Acts 7:60. “And he kneeled down.
and cried with a loud voice. Lord. lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this. he
Iell asleep.” Wow! Just like Jesus did. Scripture says he “Iell asleep.” one must wonder iI he
even Ielt the stones that crushed his body. Did not God receive the glory – He loved not his liIe
(Acts, Chapters 6-7): There arose some
murmuring in the Early Church because certain widows’ needs were being neglected. The
Apostles wanted to devote themselves to the study oI God’s Word (as we all should be doing).
Acts 6:2. “Then the twelve called the multitude oI the disciples unto them. and said. It is not
reason that we should leave the word oI God. and serve tables.” So the Apostles appointed men
Ior the task oI “serving tables.” Stephen who is described as Iull oI Iaith and oI the Holy Ghost
was appointed to this duty. Now this is not a high proIile position that most would desire and
requires a humbling of oneself. Recall Jesus said: Matthew 23:11. “But he that is greatest
among you shall be your servant.” Stephen was IaithIul and the Lord blessed him: Acts 6:8.
“And Stephen. Iull oI Iaith and power. did great wonders and miracles among the people.” There
soon arose certain oI the synagogue (the religious) that disputed with Stephen. Acts 6:10. “And
they were not able to resist the wisdom and the spirit by which he spake.” Recall what Jesus had
said: Matthew 10:19. “But when they deliver you up. take no thought how or what ye shall
speak: Ior it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak.” Such was the case with
Stephen. Acts 6:11-13. “Then they suborned men. which said. We have heard him speak
blasphemous words against Moses. and against God. And they stirred up the people. and the
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Initially Paul started out as a persecutor oI the
Church (Acts 8:3). He was very religious and thought he was serving God. Recall Jesus said.
John 16:2. “They shall put you out oI the synagogues: yea. the time cometh. that whosoever
killeth you will think that he doeth God service.” Jesus conIronted Paul in a mighty way when he
was on the road to persecute Christians in Damascus. Jesus said oI Paul: Acts 9:15-16. “…Ior he
is a chosen vessel unto me. to bear my name beIore the Gentiles. and kings. and the children oI
Israel: For I will shew him how great things he must suIIer Ior my name's sake.” Paul’s Iuture
suIIering was not Jesus’ way oI getting revenge on him. No! SuIIering and tribulation are a
natural part oI every disciple’s walk (who boldly proIesses Christ). 2 Timothy 3:12. “Yea. and
all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suIIer persecution.” AND John 15:19. “II ye were oI
the world. the world would love his own: but because ye are not oI the world. but I have chosen
you out oI the world. thereIore the world hateth you.” Everyone who truly Iollows Christ will
suIIer at the hands oI the world (including Mystery Babylon). Did Jesus Words come true Ior
Paul? 2 Corinthians 11:23-28. “Are they ministers oI Christ? (I speak as a Iool) I am more; in
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even unto death – literally dying to SELF to please God. Well done good and IaithIul servant!
During the stoning oI Stephen: Acts 7:58. “…the witnesses laid down their clothes at a young
man's Ieet. whose name was Saul (Paul).” This young man would later Iollow the path oI the
cross….
labours more abundant. in stripes above measure. in prisons more Irequent. in deaths oIt. OI the
Jews Iive times received I Iorty stripes save one. Thrice was I beaten with rods. once was I
stoned. thrice I suIIered shipwreck. a night and a day I have been in the deep; In iourneyings
oIten. in perils oI waters. in perils oI robbers. in perils by mine own countrymen. in perils by the
heathen. in perils in the city. in perils in the wilderness. in perils in the sea. in perils among Ialse
brethren; In weariness and painIulness. in watchings oIten. in hunger and thirst. in Iastings oIten.
in cold and nakedness. Beside those things that are without. that which cometh upon me daily.
the care oI all the churches.” Paul went back to Jerusalem one last time to plead with the
religious. He had a good sense oI what awaited him: Acts 20:22. “And now. behold. I go bound
in the spirit unto Jerusalem. not knowing the things that shall beIall me there: Save that the Holy
Ghost witnesseth in every city. saying that bonds and afflictions abide me. But none oI these
things move me. neither count I my liIe dear unto myselI. so that I might Iinish my course with
ioy. and the ministry. which I have received oI the Lord Jesus. to testiIy the gospel oI the grace
oI God.” From the moment he entered into the Temple the crowd grabbed him and thrust him
out: Acts 21:31. “And as they went about to kill him. tidings came unto the chieI captain oI the
band. that all Jerusalem was in an uproar.” Paul was allowed audience beIore the people to
present the gospel. Acts 22:22-23. “And they gave him audience unto this word. and then liIted
up their voices. and said. Away with such a Iellow Irom the earth: Ior it is not Iit that he should
live. And as they cried out. and cast oII their clothes. and threw dust into the air.” From that day
on Paul became imprisoned. yet had the opportunity to testiIy beIore governors. kings. and
emperors. Paul was sent to Rome where he was martyred Ior the cause oI Christ. Well done good
and IaithIul servant! What did Paul say about all this: 2 Timothy 4:6-8. “For I am now ready to
be oIIered. and the time oI my departure is at hand. I have Iought a good Iight. I have Iinished
my course. I have kept the Iaith: HenceIorth there is laid up Ior me a crown oI righteousness.
which the Lord. the righteous iudge. shall give me at that day: and not to me only. but unto all
them also that love his appearing.” OIIered Ior God’s glory! Kept the Iaith with his eyes upon
Jesus! Are we not instructed to do the same?
The way of the cross!
John 13:36-38. “Simon Peter said unto him. Lord. whither goest
thou? Jesus answered him. Whither I go. thou canst not Iollow me now; but thou shalt follow me
aIterwards.” Peter knew what he meant. John 13:37. “Peter said unto him. Lord. why cannot I
Iollow thee now? I will lay down my life for thy sake. Jesus answered him. Wilt thou lay down
thy liIe Ior my sake? Verily. verily. I say unto thee. The cock shall not crow. till thou hast denied
me thrice.” Peter thought he could Iollow the path oI the cross but Iound he was not ready. The
reality oI persecution and losing one’s liIe hit a little to close to home when it actually occurred.
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Jesus had iust asked Peter iI he loved him (and to Ieed His sheep) once Ior each time Peter denied
Him prior to the cruciIiction. Christ then says: John 21:18-19. “Verily. verily. I say unto thee.
When thou wast young. thou girdedst thyselI. and walkedst whither thou wouldest: but when thou
shalt be old. thou shalt stretch Iorth thy hands. and another shall gird thee. and carry thee whither
thou wouldest not. This spake he. signiIying by what death he should glorify God. And when he
Jesus Prophesies to Peter (Shortly aIter Christ’s resurrection)
Peter did not lose Iaith because Jesus himselI had intervened earlier. Luke 22:31-32. “And the
Lord said. Simon. Simon. behold. Satan hath desired to have you. that he may siIt you as wheat:
But I have prayed Ior thee. that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted. strengthen thy
brethren.”
To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose
This is so signiIicant; Jesus has iust told Peter to Iollow in His Iootsteps. the path oI the cross.
He has told Peter that he will physically die (be martyred) Ior Christ – Ior God’s glory. but to
Iollow anyway!
John 21:21-22. “Peter seeing him (John) saith to Jesus. Lord. and what
shall this man (John) do? Jesus saith unto him. II I will that he tarry till I come. what is that to
thee? follow thou me.” We must be prepared to obey Christ unto death (Revelation 12:11) and
Peter responds:
Laying down your life glorifies
God
Will you still
had spoken this. he saith unto him. Follow me.”
two hundred and IiIty years. Most have heard oI the horrible stories oI Christians being thrown to
lions and set ablaze on crosses. Throughout all this the church spread and grew tremendously.
which seemingly deIied logic. The church triumphed over Rome’s eIIorts to stop it. resulting in
the Emperor Constantine proposing a deal to church leaders who were eager to end the
persecutions. During this same time period many Ialse leaders were arising within the church.
Men who sought power. inIluence and control. They began laying the widespread Ioundation oI
what Jesus termed “Nicolaitans” (Rev 2:15) which means to Lord over the people. They set-up
seats oI authority over the people contrary to Christ’s command that to be great in the kingdom
oI heaven. you must be servant to all (and not to establish titles or positions oI supremacy). This
became as the Levitical priesthood that Jesus had abolished on the cross (Mark 15:38). Today we
know this system as the clergy-laity. The truth is that all disciples have direct access to God
through Christ (Eph 2:18) and are to be led oI the Spirit and instructed in God’s Word (2 Tim
3:16). Under Constantine there was a combining oI church and state (Mystery Babylon) and the
persecution oI the visible church ended. This soon plunged the true church into the Dark Ages
whereby the resulting Roman Catholic and the Orthodox Church Systems became the persecutors
oI all those who did not yield to their absolute rule. It’s amazing. but the worst and probably
longest sustained persecutions oI true believers were actually carried out by those who claimed to
are not to concern ourselves iI God’s will Ior another is diIIerent.
The religious tried kill Peter prematurely (after just having killed James). but he was
miraculously delivered out oI their hands by an angel sent Irom God (Acts 12:1-10). Church
history records Peter was martyred in his old age iust as Christ had said. Truly Peter Iollowed
Jesus – he preached the gospel oI repentance (Acts 2:38). perIormed many miracles including
raising the dead (Acts 9:37-41). suIIered persecution and tribulation. and Iollowed the path oI the
cross to his physical death Ior Christ’s namesake. Peter once boldly announced: “We ought to
obey God rather than men” when being threatened by the religious. He was then beaten. but:
Acts 5:41. “And they departed Irom the presence oI the council. reioicing that they were counted
worthy to suIIer shame Ior his name.” May we be so joyous in suffering
for Christ
Stephen. Paul and Peter are iust a Iew examples oI
the countless disciples that have since Iollowed the path oI the cross. Church history records that
eleven oI the twelve Apostles gave their lives Ior Christ. John being the only exception. When
the church was Iirst established (book oI Acts). it came under heavy persecution Irom the
religious Jews. This persecution actually caused the church to grow and spread throughout the
region. Almost as soon as the Jewish persecution subsided. persecution began Irom the Roman
Empire. This persecution was severe and lasted through ten successive Caesars over a period oI
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represent Christ. iust as Christ was killed by those who claimed to be looking Ior His coming.
Most oI us were taught in school how this country was Iounded by people escaping religious
persecution in Europe. Throughout the history oI the church. Christ has always had a remnant
that would carry the torch oI the testimony. Inevitably these groups would eventually tire oI the
persecution and seek relieI. In relieI they Iound complacency and what was once alive would
eventually die (Revelation 2:4. 3:1-2). Fortunately there have always been others who would
step-up and carry this precious testimony. What does happen when believers seek relieI
Irom governments/religious authorities Irom persecution? Fleshly comIort and security are
gained but what has been lost? What has been compromised? Perhaps an examination oI the
United States oI America might provide an answer. Throughout the history oI this nation. the
church and government have had an arrangement. The church has lived in security. protected by
law. and has even enioyed special tax status. Churches have multiplied across the land and are
literally located on every block. The new trend is super mega-churches. There is a type oI
Christian culture Ilourishing with television. magazines. schools. entertainment. sports. etc. This
country has exported denominations (missionaries) across the globe. So what is the problem?
What has been lost – it seems so wonderIul? The problem is that the United States oI America is
the most decadent (selI-indulgent. depraved. degenerate). morally corrupt nation on the Iace oI
So:
the earth. Does this upset you? Examine the Iacts. not your emotions. The U.S. aborts its babies
(murder oI innocents) by the millions; gloriIies every sin imaginable through its television
programming and movie industry; promotes sex. homosexuality & perversion and creates &
distributes the world’s pornography; is consumed with a love oI violence. alcohol. and drug use;
enslaves its citizens through a system oI banking and credit (Federal Reserve) combined with
enticements oI covetousness and greed; promotes gambling; rebellious music styles which lower
inhibitions; uses the maiority oI the world’s resources and consumes its products (thereIore:
what America wants the world produces and also buys); The greed and selI-indulgence are
unrivaled in world history; and worse – it exports immoral culture around the world. What all
this is saying is that the American church is totally ineffective (even Irom a worldly perspective.
given its size. resources. inIluence. etc.). The country that sends out so many missionaries is in
desperate need oI missionaries. The most popular toys. children’s books and movies in the U.S.
all concern witchcraIt and the occult. Video games (played by most youth) are saturated with
themes oI graphic violence. sex and the occult. Many Christian Iamilies iustiIy participation in
these things by saying its iust Iun make-believe. In order Ior the organized churches to maintain
popularity and draw crowds. the message oI Christ becomes weaker and less oIIensive to such a
point that now God has iust become an unconditional “Love God” with no expectations. The
churches are worldly and very representative oI the culture. Americans like things quick and
convenient so getting saved has been reduced down to a one line repeated prayer Iormula. Most
are blinded having itching ears and will not endure sound doctrine but are satisIied with Iables (2
Tim 4:3-4). America is the modern seat oI Mystery Babylon and the book oI Revelation addresses
its coming Iate. II you cannot discern that there is something dreadIully wrong in much oI
America’s denominational churches. then you need only to open your Bible and start reading it.
Where is the church that Jesus described? It’s in Iollowing Him and not man. We are now at a
point in God’s timetable (look at the signs in Matthew 24. Daniel. Revelation) when the world and
the church is headed into the Great Tribulation. Much oI the U.S. Church propagates Iables oI
pre-tribulation raptures (those less worthy than themselves as being “LeIt Behind” to Iace
tribulation) - meanwhile the Churches in China. Sudan. Indonesia. etc. suIIer heavy persecution
now Ior standing up Ior Christ. The people say: Isaiah 30:10. “Which say to the seers. See not; and
to the prophets. Prophesy not unto us right things. speak unto us smooth things. prophesy deceits:”
We must be careIul not to become simply “religious” and lose the very liIe
that we have in God. The religious put great emphasis on organizations and
memberships. ceremonies. doctrines (creeds. belieI statements. etc.) and traditions oI man.
Everything seems to center around a Iacility/complex (or personality) and is an outward show Ior
appearance sake. Members tend to look to leadership Ior most answers. Peer pressure and guilt
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seem to keep things running per the status quo. Whenever I talk to someone concerning
relationship with Christ. and the Holy Spirit begins to convict their heart. almost inevitably. the
person will say. “I go to church” or “I need to start going to church.” This religious system that
man has built has taken the place oI what should be a real and very personal relationship with
Jesus Christ. It’s a very poor substitute! When one is alive in Christ they seek to know Him by
Iollowing daily. they read His Word and are taught by His Holy Spirit. They become doers oI the
word Irom the heart not compulsion. Questions or needs are brought directly to the Lord in prayer
on bended needs in a quiet solitary place or searched out in His Word. Simply reading and
understanding the Word is not enough. it’s the Spirit that makes alive! Let’s look at the Jewish
religious system (Scribes. Pharisees. and Sadducees) existing at the time oI Christ. They studied
God’s Word constantly and were expert at it. They had an impressive Temple and a system oI
synagogues to worship in. They appeared very religious and good on the outside (Mat 23:27-28).
They said long public prayers (Mark 12:40); gave large oIIerings (Mark 12:41); Iasted (Mat 6:16);
wore priestly clothing and had Iancy titles (Mat 23:5. 7); and they evangelized (Mat 23:15); Does
this sound like church? Jesus said. Matthew 5:20. “For I say unto you. that except your
righteousness shall exceed the righteousness oI the scribes and Pharisees. ye shall in no case enter
into the kingdom oI heaven.” They looked great on the outside but their hearts were basically
wicked and unchanged (unconverted). They had religion. not relationship. They had laws with no
We must honestly ask ourselves. are we guilty oI similar things? For example. do we devotedly
attend religious services on a certain day oI the week to worship Christ. yet spend the other days
watching (enioying) television programming that gloriIies the very sins that nailed Jesus Christ to
the cross (pleasure in unrighteousness - 2 Thessalonians 2:12)? Do we view Christ’s Iorgiveness
as precious or do we use it as iustiIication to continue in sin (Rom 6:15. Gal 2:17) – the very thing
God hates! We are mocking God to ask Ior salvation while cherishing and living in sin. Has this
religion aIIected our lives in a positive way? Do we live Christ’s Words daily (Luke 9:23)? Do we
Iollow Him?
to us? See thou to that. And he cast down the pieces oI silver in the temple. and departed. and
went and hanged himselI. And the chieI priests took the silver pieces. and said. It is not lawful Ior
to put them into the treasury. because it is the price of blood.” Here again. the religious are
concerned about religious procedures – unconcerned about killing an innocent man. Do you see
the condition oI their hearts?
Is shedding innocent blood
unlawful?
Proverb 21:2. “Every way oI a man is right in his own eyes: but the LORD pondereth the hearts.”
If your belief doesn’t change your behavior, it will never
change your destiny.
Change the inside – Outside will follow
Jesus said iI He is liIted up then He will draw all men to HimselI (John 12:32). Instead. we liIt up
religion and draw all men into an institution. Spiritual growth in the liIe oI a Christian is
determined by the measure oI the increase oI Christ and the decrease oI SelI (John 3:30).
love or compassion. The true church will have Christ as the Head (Eph 5:23) and one body with
many members (1 Cor 12:12) that support each other through various giItings/Iunctions (1 Cor
12) and oIIer up spiritual sacriIices. acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. (1 Peter 2:5).
John 18:28. “Then led they Jesus Irom Caiaphas unto the hall oI iudgment: and it was early; and
they themselves went not into the iudgment hall. lest they should be defiled; but that they might
eat the passover.”
Something is dreadIully wrong here: The religious Jews had so missed God that they were in the
very process oI killing God’s own Son. yet they were still concerned about their religious
observance oI the Passover (which was symbolic oI Jesus). What good did their religion do them?
Had it positively aIIected their hearts in any way? Even iI Jesus was not God’s Son. they would be
knowingly violating commandments concerning Ialse witness and murder against an innocent
victim. This is how religion clouds the mind (John 4:23-24) and blinds the eyes (John 9:39).
Matthew 27:3-6. “Then Judas. which had betrayed him. when he saw that he was condemned.
repented himselI. and brought again the thirty pieces oI silver to the chieI priests and elders.
Saying. I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood. And they said. What is that
Will murder and false witness
defile?
The religious Jews killed the very Messiah they were looking Ior
(awaiting) to deliver them! They were Iar Irom knowing God!
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Please note: The Ialling away will not be Irom the organized churches and not necessarily denying
Christ. The Ialling away will be Irom the truth oI God’s Word. Many churches will be going
strong during tribulation and will most likely be involved in persecuting the true believers as part
oI some One World Religion. Many churches now accept all sorts oI Biblical error such as
homosexuality. abortion. divorce. open sinIulness. worldliness. hirelings (including women). etc.
2 Thessalonians 2:10-12. “And with all deceivableness oI unrighteousness in them that perish;
because they received not the love of the truth. that they might be saved. And Ior this cause
God shall send them . that they should believe a lie: That they all might be
damned who believed not the truth. but had .”
strong delusion
pleasure in unrighteousness
2 Thessalonians 2:3-4. “Let no man deceive you by any means: Ior that day shall not come.
except there come . and that man oI sin be revealed. the son oI perdition;
Who opposeth and exalteth himselI above all that is called God. or that is worshipped; so that he
as God sitteth in the temple oI God. shewing himselI that he is God.”
a falling away first
Tribulation is
Do not be deceived: Matthew 7:15-16. 15:16-20. 24:4-5. 11. 24. Mark 13:5-6. 2
Corinthians 11:13-15. Revelation 13:13-14. Deuteronomy 13:3. Acts 20:29
2 Timothy 3:5. “Having a form of godliness. but denying the power thereoI: Irom such turn away.”
(perhaps kicking and screaming) during this time. This will be a time oI aIIliction and great trial.
God’s wrath will Iall upon the wicked. The righteous will be tried and puriIied. This will be such a
time oI trouble that iI it were not cut short. no one would survive. Many soiled and Iilthy garments
will be washed and made The persecution and tribulation are truly necessary and will
accomplish God’s purposes. Make no mistake. God is in control! That which is holding back Satan
will be removed and the devil will be given much more leverage (hedge removed) to aIIlict the
world (as he was granted individually with Job). He will bring Iorth his son (antichrist) together
with a Ialse religious system and will rule the earth Ior a short period oI time. The puriIying oI
God’s people may require your physical liIe. Jesus will preserve some during this time: Revelation
3:8. 10. “…hast kept my word. and hast not denied my name. Because thou hast kept the word oI
my patience. I also will keep thee Irom the hour oI temptation. which shall come upon all the
world. to try them that dwell upon the earth.” All others who proIess Christ but have not been
IaithIul will require reIining. Those who do not repent and overcome will Iace God’s wrath.”
white.
Is coming and the church will go through it as a reIining Iire
oI God to make ready the Bride oI Christ (glorious and holy – without spot. blemish or wrinkle).
The wheat will be separated Irom the tares (weeds). but even so. much deception will abound – the
wise will understand. God in His great mercy is going to pull many Irom their worldliness
Foreshadowing
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God took the Hebrews out oI Egypt by His strong hand. but how did God take the Egypt out oI
the Hebrews hearts? Deuteronomy 8:2-8. “And thou shalt remember all the way which the LORD
thy God led thee these Iorty years in the wilderness. to humble thee. and to prove thee. to know
what was in thine heart. whether thou wouldest keep his commandments. or no. And he
humbled thee. and suffered thee to hunger. and Ied thee with manna. which thou knewest not.
neither did thy Iathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread
only. but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the LORD doth man live. Thy
raiment waxed not old upon thee. neither did thy Ioot swell. these Iorty years. Thou shalt also
consider in thine heart. that. as a man chasteneth his son, so the LORD thy God chasteneth
thee. ThereIore thou shalt keep the commandments of the LORD thy God. to walk in his
ways, and to fear him. For the LORD thy God bringeth thee into a good land. a land oI brooks oI
water. oI Iountains and depths that spring out oI valleys and hills; A land oI wheat. and barley.
and vines. and Iig trees. and pomegranates; a land oI oil olive. and honey;”
Many who proIess Christ have become comIortable in the world and rebellious toward God. The
tribulation will be a great trial to prove the heart and see who Iears God – its coming! We are to
learn Iirst hand that man does not live by bread alone. but by total Iaith in God and His Word.
Pharaoh/wilderness similar to Antichrist/tribulation
Many were removed
due to disobedience
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The New World System – A separation is
Coming!
God. in His mercy. is going
to separate the true church Irom the world during the great tribulation. Many may initially go
reluctantly (as Lot Irom Sodom and Gomorrah) but a separation will be Iorced. The Bride
(church) will become glorious and holy – spotless without wrinkle or blemish during this period.
How will the separation
occur?
Revelation 13:11.16-17. “And I beheld another beast
(False Prophet – religious leader) coming up out oI the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb.
and he spake as a dragon. And he causeth all. both small and great. rich and poor. Iree and bond. to
receive a mark in their right hand. or in their Ioreheads: And that no man might buy or sell. save he
that had the mark. or the name oI the beast. or the number oI his name.”
He comes as a lamb - Matthew 7:15. “Beware oI Ialse prophets. which come to you in sheep's
clothing. but inwardly they are ravening wolves.” Revelation 13:12. “And he exerciseth all the
power oI the Iirst beast (world leader) beIore him. and causeth the earth and them which dwell
therein to worship the Iirst beast. whose deadly wound was healed.” To accept the mark is to give
total allegiance to the world leader and reiect the One True God. Those that accept this mark are
damned Ior eternity!
Revelation 14:9. “And the third angel Iollowed them. saying with a loud voice. II any man
worship the beast and his image. and receive his mark in his Iorehead. or in his hand. The same
Live for self and die. die to self and live
Choose whom ye
will serve!
The book oI Revelation
The Bride is Christ’s church that he is coming Ior. Those members will wear white which is
symbolic oI purity (Holiness. righteousness). These righteous robes come at a price. The Bride
gains victory over the beast and harlot in a paradoxical way. The Bride lays down her liIe – iust as
Jesus did on the cross. The Bride says. “Thy will be done” to God in total obedience. The Bride
Iorsakes the world (and its mark) and chooses submission to God – reversal oI the Garden oI Eden.
The harlot is man’s religious institutions which prostituted with worldly governments and
developed over centuries which will culminate in the visible worship oI Satan (through MUCH
deception). This is openly thriving today although most eyes are blinded to it! Let’s look at how
the harlot religious system is arrayed:
Revelation 17:3-5. “So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit
upon a scarlet coloured beast. Iull oI names oI blasphemy. having seven heads and ten horns. And
the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour. and decked with gold and precious
stones and pearls. having a golden cup in her hand Iull oI abominations and Iilthiness oI her
Iornication: And upon her Iorehead was a name written. MYSTERY. BABYLON THE GREAT.
THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.”
Dainties of the world
The Bride is God-
centered!
shall drink oI the wine oI the wrath oI God. which is poured out without mixture into the cup oI
his indignation; and he shall be tormented with Iire and brimstone in the presence oI the holy
angels. and in the presence oI the Lamb: And the smoke oI their torment ascendeth up Ior ever and
ever: and they have no rest day nor night. who worship the beast and his image. and whosoever
receiveth the mark oI his name.”
What if I Do Not Accept the
Mark?
You will be totally separated Irom the world’s
system. God in His mercy does Ior you what you may never do Ior yourselI – He separates you
Irom the things oI the world. No more money (bank/401k accounts). entertainments. houses.
possessions. medical. etc. You will now have to rely totally upon God Ior your very liIe. In other
words you must die to your will and control oI things and absolutely perIorm and depend upon
God’s will. Followers oI Christ will finally understand what Jesus meant when he said. Luke
9:23. “And he said to them all. II any man will come aIter me. let him deny himselI. and take up
his cross daily. and Iollow me.” The way of the cross is death to self
Many who now proIess Christ will accept the mark. The cost will be too great Ior them – loosing
all the things (temporal) they worked their whole lives Ior. Besides. the religious community (big
churches. TV ministers) will tell them it is OK. They’ll iustiIy it somehow. It’s all about deception
God will send a strong delusion – they will believe a
lie.
Better to lose this life than die
eternally!
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Babylon is clothed in gaudy. purple and scarlet colours. with gold. precious stones and pearls.
Babylon desires to deck herselI with the glory and things oI this world. Babylon is a mystery to
many people. because she claims to Iollow Jesus. Can’t you iust hear her say. you can’t out-sin
God? Or God accepts you no matter what you do! – such Iilthiness. How about name it and
claim it. She Iornicates with the world. The harlot is great whereas the bride is holy. Babylon
may be interested in evangelism. religious ceremony/buildings and social work – she seeks
greatness and worldly honour. But she has no interest in holiness. What men esteem highly is
an abomination to God (Luke 16:15) – possessions. wealth. education. societal position. big
cathedrals. programs. inIluence. traditions. musical talent. selI-righteousness. (Mark 12:38-40.
Luke 18:11. Matthew 6:1-2. 5-7. 16-18). Religion is man-centered
Babylon’s immorality is seen in the Iact that she claims to represent Christ and yet lives by the
principles oI the world and seeks to be great in the world. That is how her cup becomes Iull oI
abominations. Babylon has persecuted and slain those who truly seek to serve and obey God
(through the centuries). It has literally killed or killed by the tongue and its writings.
Babylon is the broad path whereas the true church (bride) is the narrow. You must understand
that Babylon will claim to represent Christ and will maniIest some outward goodwill. The
diIIerence is in Iollowing God’s Word and not a Iorm oI it.
Study and know the
The beast is Given
Power:
God allows it! God is in control – He has a purpose in all this.
Revelation 13:1.4-5. “And I stood upon the sand oI the sea. and saw a beast rise up out oI the sea.
having seven heads and ten horns. and upon his horns ten crowns. and upon his heads the name oI
blasphemy. And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they
worshipped the beast. saying. Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him? And
there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given
unto him to continue Iorty and two months.”
Revelation 13:7. “And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome
them: and power was given him over all kindreds. and tongues. and nations.”
God allows the beast to overcome the saints – to
kill them!
Try, purge, make
- Daniel 11:35
Daniel 7:20. “And oI the ten horns that were in his head. and oI the other which came up. and
beIore whom three Iell; even oI that horn that had eyes. and a mouth that spake very great things.
whose look was more stout than his Iellows. I beheld. and the same horn made war with the
saints, and prevailed against them;”
Daniel 8:24. “And his power shall be mighty. but not by his own power: and he shall destroy
wonderIully. and shall prosper. and practise. and shall destroy the mighty and the holy people.”
Many will not be prepared – or
willing!
Revelation 12:17. “And the dragon was wroth with the woman. and went to make war with the
remnant oI her seed. which keep the commandments of God. and have the testimony of Jesus
Christ.”
Purified as by fire!
Revelation 20:4. “And I saw thrones. and they sat upon them. and iudgment was given unto them:
and I saw the souls oI them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus. and Ior the word oI
God. and which had not worshipped the beast. neither his image. neither had received his mark
upon their Ioreheads. or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.”
Luke 21:19. “In your patience possess ye your souls.”
Revelation 13:10. “He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the
sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.”
You must have in God and much . God is building a Iinal case against the
Devil. the Iallen angels and the world’s wickedness. Those that lead the saints into imprisonment
will be put into captivity. Those that kill the saints will be killed. God will re-pay in His timing!
faith patience
James 5:10. “Take. my brethren. the prophets. who have spoken in the name oI the Lord. Ior an
example oI suffering affliction. and oI . Behold. we count them happy which
. Hebrews 10:36. “For ye have need oI . that. aIter ye have done the will
of God. ye might receive the promise.”
patience
patience endure
We’re talking Christians
here!
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Revelation 12:12. “…Woe to the inhabiters oI the earth and oI the sea! Ior the devil is come down
unto you. having great wrath. because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.” 1 Peter 5:8. “Be
sober. be vigilant; because your adversary the devil. as a roaring lion. walketh about. seeking
whom he may devour:” The Devil wants to be worshipped as God. God will remove restraints (2
Thessalonians 2:6-8) Ior a short period oI time allowing the Devil to control the world. During this
time. God’s true church will emerge and become victorious – this is God’s purpose. One purpose
oI the Great Tribulation is Ior dealing with the rebellious Bride who continues to sin and chase the
world. The Hedge will be removed, but the Bride will
come forth
Christendom in the Western World has been without persecution and hardship Ior so long that
this is considered by them to be the Christian norm. This however is Iar Irom what the scriptures
say and actually is the sign oI an ineIIective church. To many who “proIess Christ.” the thought
oI dying Ior Christ is so distressIul & distasteIul and causes so much anxiety. that they cling to
totally un-scriptural Iables oI pre-tribulation escapes (raptures) which is tantamount to
dereliction oI duty. They see those who are less worthy than themselves as “LeIt Behind” to take
up Christ’s banner and persevere & endure in the church’s greatest hour during the coming
Great Tribulation. It is during this time period that Satan will be deIeated. Those that come out
oI great tribulation. and have washed their robes. and made them white in the blood oI the Lamb
murdered): "When I was a little girl. "I went to my Iather and said. "Daddy. I am aIraid that I will
never be strong enough to be a martyr Ior Jesus Christ." "Tell me." said Father. "When you take a
train trip to Amsterdam. when do I give you the money Ior the ticket? Three weeks beIore?"
"No. Daddy. you give me the money Ior the ticket iust beIore we get on the train." "That is
right." my Iather said. "and so it is with God's strength. Our Father in Heaven knows when you
will need the strength to be a martyr Ior Jesus Christ. He will supply all you need – iust in
time…"
Stephen was able to boldly face his
But, I’m Really Scared:
2 Timothy 1:7. “For God hath not given us the spirit oI
Iear; but oI power. and oI love. and oI a sound mind.” Consider: Luke 12:4-5. “And I say unto
you my Iriends. Be not aIraid oI them that kill the body. and aIter that have no more that they
can do. But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him. which aIter he hath killed hath
power to cast into hell; yea. I say unto you. Fear him.” This is not doom and gloom – examine
your liIe. What has a hold on you that you would not want to go to the King iI called? UnbelieI?
Things oI this world? Would you not trust yourselI totally to God? Consider this true account:
Corrie Ten Boom (Christian who survived Nazi concentration camps – her Iamily was
Tribulation is upon us. Why is America. who is most probably “Mystery Babylon” so intent on
occupying ancient Babylon (modern Iraq)? Things have been set in motion. Cry to God!
(Rev 7:14). They have cumulatively become a glorious church. not having spot. or wrinkle. or
any such thing; but holy and without blemish (Ephesians 5:27). Revelation 19:7-8. “Let us be
glad and reioice. and give honour to him: Ior the marriage oI the Lamb is come. and his wife hath 
made herself ready. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in Iine linen. clean and
white: Ior the Iine linen is the righteousness oI saints.” The bride has been puriIied through the
Iires oI tribulation. However these same religious Iolks will have patriotic services in their
churches to greatly honour those who Iight Ior their country’s military Iorces. Somehow dying
Ior one’s country is deemed a noble worthy deed. even though they are killing men - those very
enemies that Jesus said we are to love (Matthew 5:43-45)! They’ll die Ior a King. but not the
King oI Kings! Revelation 15:2. “And I saw as it were a sea oI glass mingled with Iire: and them
(Who were “Left Behind”) that had gotten the victory over the beast. and over his image. and
over his mark. and over the number oI his name. stand on the sea oI glass. having the harps oI
God. Revelation 12:11. “And they overcame him (Satan) by the blood of the Lamb, and by the
word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.” Which do you suppose
is more noble: dying with a gun in your hand and three or Iour you killed laying about –OR-
silently and non-resistantly going as a lamb to the slaughter Ior Christ’s namesake – putting all
Iaith in God to determine iustice at a later time?
This generation is being called upon to stand.
No Pre-Trib – the best troops are
needed!
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Sin no more!
Jesus is coming for His Church
(Bride)! Ephesians 5:27. “That he (Jesus) might
present it to himselI a church. not having . or . or any such thing; but
that it should be and without . ”
Revelation 3:5. “He that overcometh. the same shall be clothed in raiment; and I will
not out his name out oI the . but I will conIess his name beIore my Father.
and beIore his angels.” Yes. your name can actually be blotted out oI the book oI liIe!
Overcomers will conquer the sin in their lives (through Jesus) and shall be clothed in white
signiIying their purity. The tribulation will puriIy many.
spot wrinkle
blemish
glorious
holy
white
book of life
blot
is not coming back Ior a church without . He’s coming Ior the real
thing! Many suppose that little white spots on a garment are good enough – there will
be much weeping!
Jesus preten
d
sin
soile
Time to get
serious!
Those resting on the Iinished work oI Christ
better get busy Iollowing and obeying! Jesus is certainly not coming Ior an adulterous harlot
(soiled with sin & worldliness).
Awake to
Revelation 3:4. “Thou hast a Iew names even in Sardis which have not deIiled
their garments; and they shall walk with me in white: Ior they are .”
Be counted as worthy! – Only
overcomers
The message to most at Sardis - I have not Iound thy works perIect beIore God.
strengthen the things which remain. Be watchIul – REPENT – HoldIast to the gospel!
Is
t
his
y
ou?
Read 2 Peter 3:13-14
Those that proIess Christ will be tested (trial) in a most
meaningIul way - Choose light or darkness. A choice Ior God will bring a separation Irom the
darkness and will require suIIering on your part (and death Ior many).
Revelation 15:2. “And I saw as it were a sea oI glass mingled with Iire: and them that had gotten
the victory over the beast. and over his image. and over his mark. and over the number oI his
name. stand on the sea oI glass. having the harps oI God.”
The Bride is Victorious:
They obeyed God even
Revelation 19:7-8. “Let us be glad and reioice. and give honour to him: Ior the marriage oI the
Lamb is come. and his wife hath made herself ready. And to her was granted that she should
be arrayed in Iine linen. and : Ior the Iine linen is the righteousness oI saints.” white clean
By the end oI tribulation the church has made herselI ready – puriIied Irom the things oI the
world - loyal and dedicated to God alone (through Christ Jesus). Persecution and tribulation will
separate those who are Ialse and will strengthen and mature the remnant that are true. Recall.
the Lord had to exile a remnant oI Judah to Babylon to get their attention due to their idolatry.
God will not violate your Iree-will; your choice will determine your eternal destination. God in
His mercy will arrange circumstances (persecution/tribulation) to separate you Irom the sin and
worldliness that you are comIortable in – in other words God will give you one last chance prior
to Christ’s return to choose to Iollow Him – however it will require much oI you!
Makes you
Spiritually strong
The Bride of Christ
Emerges:
Why would God allow his saints to endure the suIIering
and death? 1 Peter 4:1. “Forasmuch then as Christ hath suIIered Ior us in the Ilesh. arm
yourselves likewise with the same mind: Ior he that hath suIIered in the Ilesh hath
Irom ; That he no longer should live the rest oI his time in the to the oI
men. but to the will of God.”
Ceased
flesh lusts
It’s a time of sorting! A time of purifying!
sin
Revelation 7:9. 13-14. “AIter this I beheld. and. lo. a great multitude. which no man could
number. oI all nations. and kindreds. and people. and tongues. stood beIore the throne. and
beIore the Lamb. clothed with robes. and palms in their hands;” And one oI the elders
answered. saying unto me. What are these which are arrayed in robes? and whence came
they? And I said unto him. Sir. thou knowest. And he said to me. These are they which came out
of great tribulation. and have washed their robes. and made them in the blood oI the
Lamb. Their robes were washed and they are now Iree Irom sin and worldliness!!!
white
white
white
Daniel 12:9-10. “And he said. Go thy way. Daniel: Ior the words are closed up and sealed till
the time oI the end. Many shall be . and . and ; but the
shall do : and none oI the shall understand; but the
shall understand.”
purified tried made white
wicked wise
wickedly wicked
White - purity; clean; free from spot; as white robed innocence.
unblemished. Without sin.
1 John 3:3. “And every man that hath this hope in
him puriIieth himselI. even as he is pure.”
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Are you a Pilgrim iust passing through. Iollowing the path oI Jesus?
There’s good news Ior you my Iriend. the path oI Christ did not end at the cross. but continued
to liIe everlasting…
Conclusi
on:
Weary pilgrims will Iind rest and purpose: John 14:2. “In my Father's house are many
mansions: iI it were not so. I would have told you. I go to prepare a place Ior you.”
The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he
leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths oI
righteousness Ior his name's sake. Yea. though I walk through the valley oI the shadow oI death.
I will Iear no evil: Ior thou art with me; thy rod and thy staII they comIort me. Thou preparest a
table beIore me in the presence oI mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup
runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall Iollow me all the days oI my liIe: and I will
dwell in the house oI the LORD Ior ever. (Psalms 23)” The Lord is still leading (Ior He is true to
His Word). are you Iollowing? Or worse are you trying to do the leading?
John 20:21. “Then said Jesus to them again. Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me.
even so send I you.” Now, get busy following…
The Spirit is leading!Who will follow?
Well, I’m not appointed unto God’s
wrath:
This is true iI you are living
in Christ Jesus. but what is God’s wrath? Revelation 6:15-17. “And the kings oI the earth. and the
great men. and the rich men. and the chieI captains. and the mighty men. and every bondman. and
every Iree man. hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks oI the mountains; And said to the
mountains and rocks. Fall on us. and hide us Irom the Iace oI him that sitteth on the throne. and
Irom the wrath of the Lamb: For the great day oI his wrath is come; and who shall be able to
stand?” Isaiah 13:11. 13. “And I will punish the world Ior their evil. and the wicked Ior their
iniquity; and I will cause the arrogancy oI the proud to cease. and will lay low the haughtiness oI
the terrible. ThereIore I will shake the heavens. and the earth shall remove out oI her place. in the
wrath of the LORD of hosts. and in the day of his fierce anger.” 2 Thessalonians 1:8-9. “In
flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God. and that obey not the gospel oI our
Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction Irom the presence oI the
Lord. and Irom the glory oI his power;” This. my Iriend. is what true believers will be spared
Irom. Jesus was very upIront in saying that Iollowers would generally suIIer and have persecution
Which would you preIer (as a believer) – Giving your physical liIe during the tribulation Ior
Christ. or living through the untold horrors oI the tribulation? Both will gloriIy God. God
alone will determine your Iate. However. you must decide whom you will FOLLOW…
When Christ returns!
We are to walk in Christ’s Iootsteps and conIorm to His image:
Serve Jesus. the Lord and Master (priority in liIe) and then each other with Love.
Deny SELF (die to) and end all selIish rebellion against God and seek His will alone.
Study God’s Word and apply it (walk in it. do it) daily. Grow in knowledge & wisdom.
Pray to God always. oIten seeking a quiet place.
Be Iilled. taught and led oI the Holy Spirit. Serve God Irom the heart.
Forsake all worldliness. Be ye separate (2 Cor 6:17).
Be giving and Iorgive others their trespasses.
SuIIer reiection. persecution & tribulation Ior Christ’s sake. Pray Ior your enemies.
Obey Jesus and keep His commandments. Stop sinning -there is Iorgiveness but not license.
Love not your liIe unto death. Do not Iear man.
A living faith!
Boldly conIess Christ beIore men and be a light Ior all to see. Share the Gospel!
Abide in Christ – endure!
Examine your heart oIten – Ask God to do the same – make corrections.

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