What’s waiting on the other side of Temptation?

     My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing (James 1:1-4)

  Every Christian believer goes through this in their lives. And at different times the level of the temptation is greater or lesser. But why? Why aren’t all temptation trials weighted the same? Why is that man so strong against sleeping with the hooker on the corner but on this day he still ends up sweeting trying to stop from fulfilling his lust for porn? Or why does that woman so easily stay faithful to her husband against every man that has approached her in clubs but yet on this day can’t find the strength to stay away from her co-worker or x boyfriend? We can put into place tons of different things not just lust because temptation is more than just lust but its still the same question. Why does the level of intensity change? 

The simplest reason and most common to see is the clear temptation. The one where the door has the picture on it , words spelled out, warning signs glowing in neon. You know exactly what it is. You know exactly why you showed up and why you are opening the door. You have no remorse about it and it’s most commonly seen in teens that are ruled by their hormones. While these types of temptations are real they don’t hold much rewards if one doesn’t open the door in that situation. In fact most of the time it can “seem” they only hold rewards by giving in to them. That’s because this temptation was created by that person almost solely. They sought after it, worked out the plan, and basically already planned for how they are going to do it again long before they have completed the first. These temptations hold very little rewards because they don’t require much, if not any temptation. So there is no trying of your faith to gain any rewards from. Basically they are the architect of their own trials. 

The second example is based largely on one’s situation. What if today is the day when that 6 month sober alcoholic lost his mother, the same day where that husband and wife fought about the same issue they have for 5th time, or simply the 15th time you have said no to something you don’t need and each time you do it takes a piece of you and now you have very little strength left?  This is how it works. This is the environment clause that sets up trials. These types of temptations are normally the hardest to spot. Because instead of the temptation waiting in front of the door, it’s behind the door unseen until you open it. To you this is like any other day. For you, you have no idea that this is going to be the day where everything you think of is based on that temptation you have fought so hard to keep in check. Every song, Tv show, dream, phone call and or text message leads you to this great door. You don’t have to plan it out, it just happens. And for some reason it stronger, stronger than its ever been. The same temptation a year ago you defeated but it’s back stronger than ever. Why? Because it has been strengthened by the environment it has placed itself in. Why do you think temptation is less during church hours than in any other. Not saying it goes away but you are stronger during those hours or on that day. But the moment the environment or situation changes the door becomes more visible. This is where you know that the rewards will be greater if you overcome. The intensity of the temptation hints to the rewards that are waiting. But if you fall, it also has an equal amount of consequences as well. Basically the size of the door represent both the size of the rewards and consequences alike. They both reside in a equally sized rooms waiting behind two separate doors. 

The last thing you have to remember during trails or temptation is your role. As humans we place ourselves as a separate thing from the door of temptation. In most cases we would be right. But sometimes the scariest thing is to understand that you may be that very door. You instead of being tempted are the door tempting others. Not just in lust but in anger, in jealousy and many other things. We are quick to place the blame on the trial or temptation but we must be careful to examine ourselves to make sure we aren’t manifestation of the door tempting others. Deep inside we look at Satan and blame him but sometimes we do his work for him and we actually put on his mask to become the tempter for another. That’s a scary thought and one that most don’t like to accept but it’s true. In fact if you look back on your life I’m willing to bet you have served as the door for another, we all have at one time or another if we are honest with ourselves. 

So what do we do? The first thing is to assess the situation you are in. Identity the type of temptation you are going through. Remind yourself of what is waiting for you if you defeat this. Don’t let the joys of given in be the only thing ruling your mind. And most importantly identify what role you play in it. Your role can prevent you from successful defeating the temptation. If you go in thinking you are merely the contestant you can easily loose. Sometimes you have to understand when you are the door and take responsibility for being that to other. This way your approach would be different and you have a better chance at not just helping yourself but helping another. Most importantly, don’t let one moment define your self worth. Know that rewards can come at different times, so can punishements. But it all still works together to help make you a better, stronger person. None of us are perfect but that doesn’t mean we can’t fight to be.  

Does the bible say or support “100% man and 100% God” fad quote in churches?


Over the recent years of church history lately many denominations have increased in their following of habits, catch phrases, and customs of whatever is popular at the time. If one person says something that others found different and it tickled their ear, it spreads to another church and or a pastor speech and sermon. It goes from tv to radio and finally spreads at rapid rates. Sometimes when this happens it could be legit and backed up by the word of God. But most of the time it’s not. It becomes a habitual thing to say to fill the lines of speeches or sermons. It becomes a t-shirt or a license plate to be sold in stores. Now, most people when they hear these things or see actions passed on by someone in church it is automatically assumed that this is correct and never validated. It spreads to millions without even one person to challenge the need or accuracy of it. And even if one did it is put off because we feel like it does no harm or that it’s not that important to be accurate. But yet we serve a God that isn’t about confusion and chaos. It is this very thing that keeps the lost from ever joining God’s kingdom. People aren’t really stupid about inconsistency when they are looking for a reason to justify not believing in something. They quickly see flaws and contradictions of the person or groups that try and convince them that they need to live better lives. After all, you are basically convicting them or should I say the word is. Why shouldn’t they look at whatever easy targets they can paint on your back. It’s the human thing to do. One area that is always easy to see is quotes like …Jesus walked the earth 100% man and 100% God. I am sure most of you have heard of this term. It is one of the most inaccurate, unscriptural fades quotes going on today. It has been taught in biblical schools and used by the most educated minds in all of Christianity. On top of everything else it is the most illogical math statements ever made in history. Nothing is 200%! It doesn’t even exist. This quote and it’s meaning has no biblical backing either. So for a person that doesn’t believe in Yahweh you sound like a complete idiot. It isn’t faith nor is it a badge of honor to be proud of. It’s something someone should have stopped years ago but didn’t. Are we forgetting the facts that Christ grew in wisdom and favor of his God and Father, had to be taught, tempted by the devil, had no knowledge of the end day. Christ gave up what made him what he was in heaven to become a man.  There are those who try to ignore the fact that he was not His Father who Christ declares as the Only True God. Christ gave up what made him who he was to be born a Man. That’s means whatever he was that made him what he was before he came to earth was no longer with him on earth. This means it’s impossible for him to be 100% God and 100% man . Do the math folks! If in heaven he was complete and he gives up even 1% of what made him who he was, he is no longer 100%. So if you want to say that he was God himself, it would be impossible for him to maintain 100% of that status if he gave that up to become man. For me, the Bible tells us without a shadow of doubt that God can’t be tempted, has all knowledge, and is the only thing that is Good and perfect while Christ denied those who followed him from calling him Good saying only The Father is Good, Christ could be tempted and was tempted, and finally..he is under complete submission to the Father who is his God and ours. If we only look at just the math, 100% means nothing is left out, complete not missing anything. Yes, Christ was the Son of God who stepped up and gave up what made him what he was in the spirit realm to become flesh, be born and grow. I don’t care if what he gave up was as small as his spiritual glow around his pinkie finger. This can’t be counted as 100% God if this what you believe he was. He wasn’t what he was in heaven in some way or another. And if you aren’t what you were before because you gave up something then you can not be 100%. Even if the belief was that he had two natures( to be clear, the Bible never claimed Christ had two natures..theology does) then this would not make his sacrifice fair or equal to Adam and for the sacrifice to work it had to be like for like. Adam didn’t have two natures, he was only a 100% innocent man without the nature of Sin in him. He didn’t have a second nature that was God in him. So Christ had to be born with the same limits and live his life til age 33( I believe Adam was 32-33 years old at the time of the fall of man but that’s not something I can preach as gospel)to justify the sacrifice, which is why he is called the last Adam or the second Adam. In every way Christ had to be able to be tempted just like Adam was in order for the sacrifice to be “one for one” sacrifice as the Bible describes. This concept of 100% man and 100% God would place Christ in a position no man could live up to not even Adam. But we know God didn’t require of Adam something he was not able to do. So if a 100% God and 100% Man was truly needed then Adam would have had to been just like Christ, being both God and Man, based on most churches belief about the substitute sacrifice. How about we allow Christ to be the Son of God he said he is and the allow his God and Father to be the sovereign God He says he is. I’m sure he doesn’t need our opinion or help explaining Him nor His Son. He never once made that a requirement for salvation, man did with theology. 

The Temptation and the Tree of the knowledge of “evil” or “Good and Evil”?

“Then the Lord God took the man and put him into the garden of Eden to cultivate it and keep it. The Lord God commanded the man, saying, “From any tree of the garden you may eat freely; but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat” GEN 2:15-17

We all are familiar with this verse. You as Christians have read this verse so many times that you might feel like it’s coming out of your ears, you’re so full of it. Even non-Christians have seen or heard of this verse. The is the beginning of the fall of man. It’s the actions of two individuals called Adam ( both female then male were called Adam if you look up the translation of “man” in Gen 5:2 until the Male named his wife Eve) that placed mankind in the position we are today. I have even gone in depth studies about the Punishments of both Adam’s in previous articles, showing that the Male Adam punishment was different from the female Adam because both actions were done for different reason. Woman’s punishment was to be ruled over by the male or husband because her reasons for taking the fruit. It was because she wanted to be like God and have nobody over her( the same sin Satan fell to). The Adam man  didn’t want to be like God and was fine with God rulership over him. This is why Satan didn’t tempt the male Adam. Adam failure was that of complacency and laziness. The male was to watch and guard over the garden and everything in it. But he didn’t because things were too easy and he allowed the enemy to attack his wife because he wasn’t doing his job. His punishment was for him to loose that ease of work and for him to work much harder all the days of his life. Nothing else would ever be easy again. What I didn’t address was the simplest thing in the room, the Tree.  The Tree “of the Knowledge of Good and Evil” sat in the middle of the garden along with the Tree of Life. Two trees existing right in front of the Adams that were created. One presented immortality and one represented the “knowledge of Good and Evil” which would condem mankind to death. The two tress existence proves two things. 

1. The first thing was that The Adam’s(Man and Woman) were not immortal by themselves as some teach. Immortality existed only in God himself and the Tree of Life, not in mankind. It was never just a part of them as we have told for years. Man and Woman had access to immortality, yes. They had access to the Tree of Life. For some reason they had never taking from that Tree because maybe they had no need to or it never came across their mind, much like being nude and or having sex. What we do know for sure is that after all punishments were handed out, God had to do one more thing. This thing he did was not a part of the punishment directly but it was a saving grace. He cut off access to the Tree of Life so that man could not become immortal in their sin state. So scholars feel that this point would have changed everything for the earth and mankind itself. Some believe that if they did God would have to cut off Adam and his wife from reproduction therefore ending mankind at the root, or simply start over. 

2. The second truth was that the knowledge of Good nor Bad was not something given to Man to understand or have. For years Christians have skipped over this fact. The Tree of the forbidden fruit had both the knowledge of “Good” too, not just “Evil”. Everyone always focuses on the evil and disobedience of it all. Yes, that was present but the knowledge of Good also was granted to them as well. Yahweh and his Son were the only two beings that had knowledge of this parity at that time. The two thoughts and actions of Good and Evil were not the same as knowing God himself. We know this because even though Man and Woman knew God they still had not been given the knowledge inside the Knowledge Tree and most importantly, God didn’t want them to have that knowledge. This is big and it’s really eye opening. God is good yes, but knowing him is more than just knowing good. And obviously, good doesn’t always guarantee he is a part of it. This brings a lot of trues in place. Now, we start to see that just because one does good or acts good, it doesn’t garanteee that one is of God. As the Bible says, even an evil person can show acts of good to whom they will and yet still be condemned. So just acting good and doing good without God will get you no more mercy than anyone else. Are you doing what you were told by God when it comes to addictions,lust, adultery, or the like? I can be nice to a prostitute but it doesn’t mean that having sex with her places me in God’s good graces simply because I was nice. Or my life can look like all the 10 commandments and yet if I worship Buddha, I am no closer to the Only True God than if I didn’t know him at all.

So as you see our knowledge of Good exist alongside Evil. It was never suppose to be with us. We were only suppose to know God and his will for us. Nothing else was needed or blessed to be. Evil is understood because you know what Good is or visa versa. But knowing only God gives us the true path that rises far above any other truth. This is what we should seek because he is more than the understanding of Good. What is good to man may never line up with God’s view. On earth we assume that allowing everyone to worship whatever they want is showing goodness, kindness and fairness to all men. But in God’s eye this isn’t the case. In Gods mind and actions he has shown that he kills those who worship something other him(not say for you to go do such yourself). For most people though, they try their best not to look at scripture like that. Why? Because as men we have recreated God’s image like we where his image consultants. We are too busying trying to paint a God that people can live with and sleep better at night with. Bottom line, he doesn’t need us to defend his actions. Our job is to accept his actions and know that he is sovereign. He determines what is right because every single action he takes is right no matter what Tv teaches you to believe about what is good or wrong. On tv everything from homosexuality to fornication is ok because we claim it’s because we love. In Gods eyes love has nothing to do with his word and commandment being broken and he destroys as judgements for such actions. In the end, God is who he says he is, not who you say he is and he doesn’t have to answer to anyone but ALL will answer to him. So we need to all remember this and fight harder to make our lives more in line with his will. No matter what temptation we come against we know we can fight to overcome it. And most importantly, we have to look at that temptation truly for what it is. See the person and item as a real threat to God and his Order and commandment. Stop looking at that pretty girl or handsome man as just the person. Start looking at that addiction as more than a porn movie, cigarette, or drug. Know that powerful forces align against us all. Sometimes Satan’s order will try to use you and other times he uses others. But rest assured temptation comes to all in many forms and it is always there to do one thing only, KILL! 


 

Into your hands I commit my spirit.

As Christ followers we have heard this verse and should have committed it to memory. It was the last thing spoke by our Christ Yeshua before his death. Most of us see the surface of this verse and some see beyond its surface. The verse is deeper than some understand to be. And as I have shown before with other things this too can be linked to a lot of assumptions as well. This is mainly because it links denominational tradtions. Some denominations have to come up with all kinds of things about this verse to save face in their belief. Why? Because like other accounts in the Bible (I.E Christ in the garden of Gethsemane) this exposes a huge fact that most don’t like dealing with. Christ has a Separate Will and Spirit from the Father. Now this doesn’t take away the amazing fact that Christ always aligned his Will with his Father but it does provide uneasy realities about some beliefs. One such issue is with Oneness believers. I know this for a fact because I was one of those believers and I hated trying to explain this to others, let alone accept it myself. This verse as well as others show without doubt that Christ has a separate spirit than that of his Father. Theology tries to explain it in the thought that this was Christ Human spirit. Well you can call it whatever you like but scriptures don’t explain away this. Bottom line Christ’s spirit and his God and Father who “is” Spirit are not the same spirit. Yes they are united in all things they do  just like a wife and or Husband are one flesh in all things done in that marriage. Yet the husband has a separate will, spirit, and body from the wife and visa versa. Now some may not have a problem with this but for oneness believers this is a problem because they believe Christ and the Father are not merely united as one but are the exact same person functioning as both as the same time. In others words they have no separate anything. No separate will, thoughts, power, knowledge, or anything. We are taught that we are suppose to believe and explain that Christ was merely quoting scripture, basically putting on and going through the motions for the sake of others to complete prophecy. I personally never felt comfortable with this because for me, putting on a act as though you were suffering when you weren’t is a lie. This is not God nor his Son. So if Christ ask for the Father to watch over and govern his spirit during his death he meant that. If Christ said to the Father not to allow his will to stop the sacrifice he was going to have to go through but let his Fathers Will be what governs this then he meant this. Anything else is a lie and lying isn’t within heaven. 

The next group of believers that have a problem with this is trinity believers. Why? Because they believe in One Spirit, Son, and Father as One God equal/distinct from each other. Well let’s count shall we, we have the Holy Spirit (1 spirit), we have Christ’s so called human spirit( 2 spirits), and we have The Father who is a Spirit himself(3 spirits). Well that’s way more than One spirit that the doctrine of the trinity explains and more than scripture says when it says that there is but 1 spirit. Then if you really wanted to get technical let’s not forget the 12 spirits of God mentioned in Revelation. What do you do with that? So you see this verse as well as many others really don’t just fall into the nice neat package many Theologies has pushed to denominations for hundreds of years. 

I say this because no denomination and no explained theology has the full answers. I have been very open about this fact. And what this verse and others that support it teach (not theology) is that Christ had his own separate spirit and will from his God and Father. The fact that the Father can govern over his Son’s spirit means the son’s spirit is separate from His. The Father can’t place his Will over his Sons will if they are not different(Gethsemane). So being that they are different this requires a different person for this action. Even if you use Psalms 31 link back to his quote, this whole chapter deals with a multitude sufferings and requests as the directed person is being bruised and tortured as the Prophecy of the Christ foretold he would. It is not a act nor a staged event that someone is told to quote/repeat. Christ said Psalms spoke of him and what he would go through not that he would speak of Psalms as a act or quote. There is a big difference. 

The last and biggest thing that most don’t like to face about this statement is the indisputable fact that Christ Died. His God and Father can not die nor would ever need anyone to commit His Spirit to because He is Spirit. The Father never has ever asked for anything from Son or Holy Spirit if you believe in the exact concept taught in theology you have a big issue in front. The Father rules all and directs all just as he directed his Son to die for us just like scripture says. The thought that the son just volunteered for this is false as well. The Son was directed by the Father to do this and the Son was obedient. The Son obeys the Father and the Holy Spirit Obeys Father. To claim they are equal is false. By substance they are God just like by substance my son is a human and Samson was human. But there is a big difference between what my son could do as a human and what Samson could do as a human. Being put into the same category doesn’t equal quantity. Even among Kings if even One of the Kings rules the Others and Makes all decisions then that One King is truly King of the Kings. And as 1 Corinthian 15:28 explains when all is done even the Son has to take his place under the Father rule, they are not equal. This is why Christ needed the Father to govern over his Spirit. If the Father doesn’t give Christ the power to resurrect, Christ remains dead and in Hades. Thank goodness that he did but this shows you how needy the Son of God was to his God and Father not the other way around. The Father needs nothing from the Son nor the Holy Spirit(if you believe in a separate being called the Holy Spirit). The Father is head supreme and true ultimate Ruler of existence in both Physical and Spiritual existence. All things answers to Him and to all things and beings, even the Son…He is truly their God. This is Scripture not a theology and tradition. But what are you going to live by, His words or mans?

Yeshua, the only true friend!


Where were you and or what happened in your life when you truly realized that nobody truly is for you more than your Christ? When your friends abandoned you, when you family turned away, when you own children, wife, and husband would rather be anywhere else but with you is when the truth is revealed. No matter who it is they will eventually not be there when you need them. Over and over again Christ shows us in our lives that he is the Savior and King his Father has put in place to be. And even in death he will once again show up when you need him to. He is the only truth and the light of the world. In darkness the one true direction is always towards the light and it is there where you will find him. The moment you focus on truth that mankind will hurt you sooner or later. Even you yourself will do the same to someone else eventually because you are yet one of those “Mankind”, we all are. We know one thing naturally, and that is how to disappoint, hurt, or let down others, even ourselves. There is but one name/person in heaven or on earth that hasn’t let anyone down, Yeshua the Christ. In all things done in you life Christ is the head and direction to take and follow. And to do so requires change and sacrifice. You have to die and be reborn. You have to find a way to destroy the old you. You have to get rid of sin and live for Christ. This is way more than you just going to church. We have to cut off the things that cause us to fall to sin and live for him. Most say they live for Christ while returning home to the place the are shacking up with their boyfriend or girlfriend. Most say they live for Christ with their mouth and yet speak curses and blaspheme to others. Most say Christ is their head and master but yet they step out to take a smoke break because their body is addicted to the cigarettes, weed, and or the like. No other can claim these things while they have another master. Even if that Master is different forms of sins, You can’t serve two masters. Let’s pull to him as he has done with us. 

Cain punishment was not placed on all(Another assumption removed)

GEN 4:9-12 Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?” He said, “I do not know; am I my brother’s keeper?” And the Lord said, “What have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood is crying to me from the ground. And now you are cursed from the ground, which has opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand. When you work the ground, it shall no longer yield to you its strength. You shall be a fugitive and a wanderer on the earth.”

We have read this passage before. The famous “Am I my brothers keeper?” Story. In man’s race to seem wise among others we have developed theories about many things in the Bible. Some of these theories have been pushed for so long that people forget why they believe such things other than the fact that this is what pastor said or what  my dad or mother told them. But just as the Bible says, reasoning with scripture and thought is always a needed thing. If we don’t, something like a camel walking through an eye of the needle becomes a threading needle in today’s society, making it impossible when in fact the eye of the needle ( to pillar post in the city entrance) only made traveling through city passages harder if you chose to keep your items on the camel instead of taking them off. It never made it an impossible task. You just had to take your time and be careful upon doing it. So it is with this story and assumption. For years many have been told that this story of the first murder informs us that Cane’s punishment was passed to all men just like Adam’s fall. Well this is false! Despite popular views Cane’s punishment was for him and him alone. How do I know this because of three important facts. One, Adam’s fall was tied to all of man only because all men came from his blood line. This is big! Cane is tied only with his family, not all of mankind(remember Seth and the other children Adam fathered)I could stop right here and this would close the case down now but I will proceed. Adam was also perfect, Cane was not. Cane had a sin nature basically. Cane was just like any other man at that time, judged on his own merit. The second fact was that the punishment on the ground and its production of food was already given upon man through Adam.

Gen 3:17-18 You shall not eat of it,’cursed is the ground because of you;in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life;thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you;

So this tells me that Cane received a even worst curse to the ground and produce attempts he put forth. And lastly we know this punishment was only to Cane because of the result. God marked Cane because of this curse to keep him safe from judgement. This mark and his curse was one and therefore it showed that it was unique to him. If it had passed to his family they too would have had to be mark for just being his bloodline and apart of the curse if it was truly passed to all his bloodline or even more so with all men. None of his family recieved such marks and therefore shows only Cane was effected by this special curse placed on him. 

I know it sounds really good to come up with tie ends to help preach and or teach our children but when we tie in things that aren’t there this can leave the door open for Satan to get others to walk away from Christianity. It can also lead to assumption that mislead wrongful thoughts that may not lead to distruction right away but can do so later based on a false foundation. I think we all need to understand that embellishment is not needed in the gospel, no matter how good it makes others feel. What seems right to us could be a path away from Yahweh. 

Keeping God first in your dating/relationship doesn’t include Sex. Or have you forgotten?

The world has gotten so turned around that most people today claim to honor God in relationships while either living with their other half or having Sex with their other half. I see so many men and women claiming to pray for the right man or woman but when they find that person that is supposed to be sent by God their is sex involved. And I’m not talking about a slip up. We think somehow in this messed up world that we can somehow honor God while fornicating with the person we are in a relationship with. Flash news is that if you are doing this God is nowhere inside that relationship nor is he pulling the strings or guiding it from that point. Most people know this but don’t want to look at it. God honors holiness and right standing with himself. You can’t live in sin and expect God to live in there with you, he won’t. And whatever so called blessing you think you are getting while living in sin isn’t from God because as his word shows, he doesn’t bless sin. So you need to decide if your overall happeness with the right person sent by the True God is worth waiting on physically. You are fooling yourself if you think He is somehow blessing your relationships while it stands against his kingdom. That would be Satan who would bless you while you stand in opposition to what God told you not to do, not Yahweh. How many women or men go to church only to retun home with the live in boyfriend or girlfriend? If you have ended up like this you seriously need to worry because this isn’t a reprobate mind that God warned all about. So before the next hallelujah shout in church, you need to ask yourself how you’re going to change for The God worthy of such praise. Or are simply going back home to live in sin?