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The big king and the wise man

Hello again!

Today God has given me something in his word:

13 I have also seen wisdom under the sun on this wise, and it seemed great unto me: 14 There was a little city, and few men within it; and there came a great king against it, and besieged it, and built great bulwarks against it. 15 Now there was found in it a poor wise man, and he by his wisdom delivered the city; yet no man remembered that same poor man.

Eccl 9:13-15 (ASV)

Doesn’t that story sound familiar? We were small, and helpless, the huge king (the Devil) attacked us, we didn’t stand a chance, and then, Jesus came, and with his wisdom, we were able to and still are able to, get rid of the Devil when he attacks!

I always love seeing Jesus in the old testament, it just reminds me again about how amazing God really is!

God is so wise! So utterly amazing and incomprehensible, to us. He is willing to give us some of that wisdom, all we need to do is trust in him and ask for it! God is isn’t a skinny giver, if we ask for something that is according to his word and will, we will be given what we ask, however, God works in his time!!! And we can’t put a time limit on him, he is literally out of this world, and his ways are not ours. We must simply “trust and obey, for there is no other way, to happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey” I think that’s how the song goes.

Anyway, God loves you and me and the whole world! He loved and loves us to much, he was willing to send his son to die for us! And the son was willing to die for us! Isn’t that amazing?! And all so that we could be saved from our mighty adversary!

Are you remember the wise man (Jesus) today?

You are loved!

Joshua Cleveland

  

 
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Posted by on September 28, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

prolonging of days and eternaly ‘prolonged’ days

Hello again!

Today, it was somewhat hard to find some thing that I could post, thankfully, after a little searching, God did show me some thing:

12 Though a sinner do evil a hundred times, and prolong his days, yet surely I know that it shall be well with them that fear God, that fear before him: 13 but it shall not be well with the wicked, neither shall he prolong his days, which are as a shadow; because he feareth not before God.

Eccl 8:12-13 (ASV)

How do you think the sinner prolongs his days? Why is it Christians don’t attempt to prolong their life?

It made be a freaky thought, but the sinner could practice satanism, or dark arts. Or they could just live a long time because the Devil wants them to, so that he can use them for his purpose. Why don’t Christians try to make themselves live longer, with things like the latter? Because, we don’t need it! We have our special potion in the living water! And we have eternal life, we dont’ even ‘taste death‘, though Christians still die, and some die painfully, they don’t ‘die’, their spirit lives on forever in heaven! I know, that sounds like some kind of novel, but it’s true!

Have you ever seen a ‘real believer’ die? Was he worried, or did he look calm and knowing that he would be in heaven? Now, ask your self how a unbeliever looks when he dies? Calm and relaxed, or sweating in fear and acting slightly crazy?

Jesus is our eternal life, he is our ‘non-secret’, Just trust in him and you can have eternal life aswell! We don’t keep secrets, we try to do the opposite! We try to spread the Gospel of how Jesus Christ died for you and for me, and now we have eternal life! It’s amazing what can happen, by simply believing in God, here is what I think about things in a formula form:

The laws says: Wicked man + good deeds = eternal life!

God says: Wicked man + good deeds = dead life.

The law says: You have to work your way into heaven.

Jesus says: I already did the work for you, now you have eternal life.

The final formula is this: Wicked man + trusting in Jesus  = eternal life! 

I love Jesus, with my whole heart. My only question is, why don’t you?

You are loved!

Joshua Cleveland

 
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Posted by on September 27, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

100 children, 2,000 years, 1 death.

Hello again!

Here’s what God gave me today in his word:

3 If a man beget a hundred children, and live many years, so that the days of his years are many, but his soul be not filled with good, and moreover he have no burial; I say, that an untimely birth is better than he: 4 for it cometh in vanity, and departeth in darkness, and the name thereof is covered with darkness; 5 moreover it hath not seen the sun nor known it; this hath rest rather than the other: 6 yea, though he live a thousand years twice told, and yet enjoy no good, do not all go to one place?

Eccl 6:3-6 (ASV)

3 If a man beget a hundred children, and live many years, so that the days of his years are many, but his soul be not filled with good,  and moreover he have no burial; I say, that an untimely birth is better than he: Wow, interesting, isn’t it? If his soul isn’t filled with the good of the gospel, it’s better for that person to have an “untimely birth” which in some cases, means the baby dies. Better to be dead than to not now God when you die after a long life.

This just increases the importance of being saved before it’s to late! God gave his son, HIS SON! For you, though I’m not exactly an expert on the subject, I’d say that would be pretty hard, much less for the son to agree to it! So that we can be saved and have eternal life with him! And for us to just turn that away, and say “no thanks Jesus Lord God almighty, I don’t want eternal life and salvation from sin” is just plain out crazy!!! Why would anyone, anyone, do something like that? The Scriptures say it’s better to never be born then to die and go to Hell, your guilt tells you the same story, God the father sent his son for you just for that purpose! We don’t have to do anything! Jesus did it on the cross! All that is required is for you to ask Jesus into your heart, believe he is with you, obey his commandment, by that I DON’T mean you have to obey them perfectly, everyone sins, and we would all “fall short of the glory of heaven” if it wasn’t for Jesus, and it’s not like we do our best and then Jesus does the rest, because of your new life in Jesus, everything else sort of, follows along, sure you still sin, but now you can overcome that sin, now it’s not some thing called “habitual sin” which just means you do it over and over, now you can stop it.

I could take me the rest of today to tell you everything, and even then you may not accept Jesus into your heart, so I’m just going to be blunt about it now: You can now either chose to follow Satan, which ends in death, or you can chose to follow Jesus Christ, which leads to eternal life, your chose.

If you chose the correct answer, which would be Jesus, then I suggest you visit: http://www.settingcaptivesfree.com/ They have some great courses on… Just about everything.

You are loved!

Joshua Cleveland

 
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Posted by on September 24, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

How not to be satisfied, and how to be satisfied

Hello again!

Here is what God gave me today in his word:

10 He that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver; nor he that loveth abundance, with increase: this also is vanity.

Eccl 5:10 (ASV)

If you love money, You will never, ever, have enough of it, if you love cars  you will never have enough of them, but if you love Jesus,  he will fill your cup to over flowing!

You can only have one master, Jesus or money/satan 

Luke 16:13 (NIV) “No servant can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.”

The way I see it, it’s by far better to store of treasures in heaven, instead of on earth:

Mat 6:19-21 (TEB) “Do not save riches for yourselves here on earth, where moths and rust destroy, and robbers break in and steal. Instead, save riches for yourselves in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and robbers cannot break in and steal. For your heart will always be where your riches are.”

Heb 13:5 (RSV) “Keep your life free from the love of money, and be content with what you have.” As David prayed, “Lord don’t give me to much, or I may trust in it more than you, but also, do not give me to little, or I may be tempted to steal” If you are struggling with debt, trust in the Lord, for he is good, and his love endures forever.

Just wait on the Lord, he will provide What you need when you need it.  all we need do is continue asking him, even though he does already know every word before we even say it, he tells us to ask, so when we ask, he gives, when we knock, the door will be opened.

I hope this at least some what helped you with a situation that you might be having, or in the future will almost certainly will be having.

You are loved!

Joshua Cleveland

My thanks to: http://www.acts17-11.com/money.html and http://www.scripturemenu.com/BibleVerseList.html?topicid=22 for helping me find verses related to the subject.

 
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Posted by on September 23, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

Jesus, yet again in the old testament!

Hello again!

Here is what God gave me today:

13 Better is a poor and wise youth than an old and foolish king, who knoweth not how to receive admonition any more. 14 For out of prison he came forth to be king; yea, even in his kingdom he was born poor.

Eccl 4:13-14 (ASV)

Really, I’m not sure there could be a clearer picture of Jesus. King Herod, who tried and kill this new king, Jesus being born into a carpenters house, going down to prison (Hell) in death, for three days, and rising back up again to be king!

Isn’t it amazing how the old testament points forward to the new, time, and time again? 

I personally  find it amazing every time I see it.

How could it have been possible for a man to have written this?! Much less 40 different men in 40 different walks of life, in 40 different times! And, it’s still one of the most accurate to the original books out there! And, the all agree on the same point! If you had two different people, who lived in the same house, in the same time, and asked them to anser a question on the subject “The best way to chop a tree” you would most likely end up with two different answers.

It’s amazing how God worked through these men to agree! It’s amazing how God fits the gospel in every “nook and cranny” in the Bible! It’s amazing how God does everything!!!

So that’s my two main points here, that God is amazing (as we all already know by now) and that, the gospel is everywhere in the Bible, you just have to take the time out and look for it.

You are loved

Joshua Cleveland

 
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Posted by on September 22, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

no comforter

Hello again!

Here is some what of a sad passage, yet a glad one.

1 Then I returned and saw all the oppressions that are done under the sun: and, behold, the tears of such as were oppressed, and they had no comforter; and on the side of their oppressors there was power; but they had no comforter.

Eccl 4:1 (ASV)

Notice how it says that on the oppressors side there was power, yet with the people there was no comforter, what does that make you think of? The Devil is powerful, we have to acknowledge that for sure, he is cruel, we definitely know that much, and he is a oppressor, he prays on the weak, and captures them.

The way I see it, the people under sin are oppressed, the Devil is the oppressor, and they have no comforter, no one to help them. We, however, have a comforter, Jesus! He saves us from the oppressor, and now we are free.

That’s what I got out of it, please feel free to mention what you think.

You are loved!

Joshua Cleveland

 
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Posted by on September 21, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

Why sin is in the world

Hello again!

Here is what God gave me today:

16 And moreover I saw under the sun, in the place of justice, that wickedness was there; and in the place of righteousness, that wickedness was there. 17 I said in my heart, God will judge the righteous and the wicked; for there is a time there for every purpose and for every work. 18 I said in my heart, It is because of the sons of men, that God may prove them, and that they may see that they themselves are but as beasts.

Eccl 3:16-18 (ASV)

interesting, isn’t it? ” that God may prove them, and that they may see that they themselves are but as beasts.” This is why sin is still in the world today, and why God didn’t just get rid of it in the first place! (I mean that literally, the garden of Eden was the first place on earth) You might wonder, why did God want his son to die, I thought God wasn’t cruel?! Why did it take him so long to get rid of sin?! And speaking of which, sin is still here! Why did God even allow sin to come into the world?

My job, is to go through these questions, and try to give you answers:

1 Why did God want his son to die, I thought God wasn’t cruel! Well, God isn’t cruel first, the reason God’s son had to die, is so that we would know his grace! Think about it, if Jesus hadn’t died, would we really “know for certain” that God loved us! John 3:16 wouldn’t have been written, the bible wouldn’t have been written! That’s, why it was so important for Jesus to die on the cross for us.

2 Why is sin still here! I thought God got rid of  it on the cross? Well, have you killed a chicken or a snake? Then you’ll know that, even after its head is cut off, it still runs around or slithers around for a while, it’s like that with sin only it’s for our good, Even after sin got it’s head cut off  (if you really look at it, the cross looks like of like a sword with the tip stuck in the mountain) it continues to run around causing as much trouble as it can, God uses this trouble for our good, if we trust in him to provide everything we need, then it only grows our faith in him.

3 Why did God even allow sin to come into the world? Frankly, look at the answer to questions one and two, so that our faith in God would grow!

You are loved!

Joshua Cleveland

 
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Posted by on September 20, 2010 in Uncategorized

 
 
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