Focus On The Kingdom Of God, Not The World and The Things Of The World

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The following is the outline I used to teach this lesson.

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1) Peters vision of the sheet full of animals

Acts 10:9-16

King James Version (KJV)

On the morrow, as they went on their journey, and drew nigh unto the city, Peter went up upon the housetop to pray about the sixth hour:

10 And he became very hungry, and would have eaten: but while they made ready, he fell into a trance,

11 And saw heaven opened, and a certain vessel descending upon him, as it had been a great sheet knit at the four corners, and let down to the earth:

12 Wherein were all manner of fourfooted beasts of the earth, and wild beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of the air.

13 And there came a voice to him, Rise, Peter; kill, and eat.

14 But Peter said, Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten any thing that is common or unclean.

15 And the voice spake unto him again the second time, What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common.

16 This was done thrice: and the vessel was received up again into heaven.

 

2) Jesus Asked Peter Three times

Do You Love Me Peter

John 21:15-17

King James Version (KJV)

15 So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs.

16 He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep.

17 He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.

Three time stated

 

When God repeats something three or more times in the Word there is a very important reason. 

 

Matthew 22:36-39

New Living Translation (NLT)

36 “Teacher, which is the most important commandment in the law of Moses?”

37 Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’[a] 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b]

 

Mark 12:29-31

New Living Translation (NLT)

29 Jesus replied, “The most important commandment is this: ‘Listen, O Israel! The Lord our God is the one and only Lord. 30 And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.’[a] 31 The second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b] No other commandment is greater than these.”

 

Luke 10:26-28

New Living Translation (NLT)

26 Jesus replied, “What does the law of Moses say? How do you read it?”

27 The man answered, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind.’ And, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”[a]

28 “Right!” Jesus told him. “Do this and you will live!”

 

 1)  Matthew 10:38-39

King James Version (KJV)

38 And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.

Matthew 10:38-39

New Living Translation (NLT)

38 If you refuse to take up your cross and follow me, you are not worthy of being mine. 39 If you cling to your life, you will lose it; but if you give up your life for me, you will find it.

 

2)  Matthew 16:24

King James Version (KJV)

24 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.

 

Matthew 16:24-26

New Living Translation (NLT)

24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow me. 25 If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it. 26 And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul?[a] Is anything worth more than your soul?

 

3) Mark 8:34

King James Version (KJV)

34 And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.

 

Mark 8:34-38

New Living Translation (NLT)

34 Then, calling the crowd to join his disciples, he said, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow me. 35 If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake and for the sake of the Good News, you will save it. 36 And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul?[a] 37 Is anything worth more than your soul? 38 If anyone is ashamed of me and my message in these adulterous and sinful days, the Son of Man will be ashamed of that person when he returns in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”

 

4) Luke 9:23

King James Version (KJV)

23 And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.

 

Luke 9:23-25

New Living Translation (NLT)

23 Then he said to the crowd, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross daily, and follow me. 24 If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it. 25 And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but are yourself lost or destroyed?

 

We have give up your life one time.

We have deny three times and

We have take up the cross four time.

 

I am going to teach you about taking up the cross

 

This Scripture explained what deny yourself means

1 John 2:15-16

King James Version (KJV)

15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

James 4:4-5

King James Version (KJV)

Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.

Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy?

Ye adulterers and adulteresses

Do Not Love This World

Do you not know that the friendship of the world is enmity with God

1)      Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, 2) When you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you.

 For the world offers only a

1) (lust or the Flesh)  craving for physical pleasure,

2) (lust or the eyes) a craving for everything we see,

3) (the pride of life) pride in our achievements and possessions.

These are not from the Father, but are from this world.

 

What it means to take up the cross

 

HOW TO GET FOCUSED

Galatians 2:20-21

King James Version (KJV)

20 I am crucified with Christ:

nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and

the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

21 I do not frustrate the grace of God:

for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.

I AM GOING TO CLOSE WITH THIS

 

Do you think that the Holy Spirit of God Is capable of handle anything that you face on this earth.

 

Two Pipes   Two Holding tanks

Two Valves    Two Buckets

 

Who is Chirst Jesus?

John 1:1-5 & 10-14

King James Version (KJV)

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

The same was in the beginning with God.

All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made.

In him was life; and the life was the light of men.

And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

 

10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.

11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not.

12 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:

13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

The Challenge

 

 

 

 

Study Outline

 

 

Focus Of Daily Life

Before you start I want you to please understand this. I am not asking you to believe one word I say.

Get in The Word and find out what The Author has to say.

 

If You do not understand this following statement,

 you can not understand God and His Word.

 

After We accept Jesus as Savior, God Has One Interest In Us,

THAT IS OUR DEATH.

Galatians 2:20

New King James Version (NKJV)

20 I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.

 

This Next Scripture Is Talking About After

We Accept Jesus And Get Saved.

 

Romans 7:18

New King James Version (NKJV)

18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find.

 

The following teaching is to help you understand that 

when you enter the family of God,

God wants to possess you with the Word Of God Who Is Jesus.

He wants to fill you with the full extent of the Power Of The Holy Spirit.

God wants you to become an active soldier in the Army Of God.

 

 

Men and women in the army of God that are given the full power of the

infilling of the Spirit of God,

walk in the Spirit and not in the flesh.

 

You become a useful active soldier in God's Army,

when in your heart you know that this world is no longer your home.

You understand you are not here to build your own little kingdom.

All that God gives you on this earth is not for you,

but it is given to you to build the Kingdom Of God

and to help other that are in need so they can see

Gods love through you.

 

God will allow you to use a small portion of what He

gives you for you personal needs.

But I can assure you, your life style will have no resemblance of

the life style that those in this world seek after.

 

Using God's Word and following the teachings in the Word

as a true soldier in God's army is what you will

find below.

 

If you let me teach you this,

everything in you will resist what is below.

 

If you let the Holy Spirit Of God teach you this,

you will begin the journey of dying to self.

 

As self dies, those that see you on this earth

will not longer see you, but Jesus Christ that lives in you.

 

I personal believe that the only way to reach

the state of walking in the Spirit and not in the flesh,

is by taking the challenge.

 

You will find inforMation on the challenge below.

 

 

Joshua 1:7-9

New Living Translation (NLT)

Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the instructions Moses gave you. Do not deviate from them, turning either to the right or to the left. Then you will be successful in everything you do. Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do. This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

The trap of the above scripture for the New Testament Christian, is not understanding the differences of  the definitions of this world as to being prosperous and having success, and the definition of God as explained in the New Testament of what it means to be prosperous and having success. What the world calls being successful, being prosperous and succeeding is totally different from what God calls being successful, being prosperous and succeeding

And You Would Find This Surprising?

 

If you are not a true Christian, you will find this  surprising.

The worlds definition for prosperity and success is centered around

stuff, control and power over others.

 

This is not God's plan for the New Testament church.

Jesus said that He was coming for a Church without spot and wrinkle.

Stuff Control and worldly power is what causes spot and wrinkles in a Christian's life

 

Philippians 2:12

New Living Translation (NLT)

Shine Brightly for Christ

12 Dear friends, you always followed my instructions when I was with you. And now that I am away, it is even more important. Work hard to show the results of your salvation, obeying God with deep reverence and fear.

Working hard at what? What is important to God?

 

2 Timothy 2:1-7

New Living Translation (NLT)

A Good Soldier of Christ Jesus

1 Timothy, my dear son, be strong through the grace that God gives you in Christ Jesus. You have heard me teach things that have been confirmed by many reliable witnesses. Now teach these truths to other trustworthy people who will be able to pass them on to others.

Endure suffering along with me, as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. 4 Soldiers don’t get tied up in the affairs of civilian life, for then they cannot please the officer who enlisted them. And athletes cannot win the prize unless they follow the rules. And hardworking farmers should be the first to enjoy the fruit of their labor. Think about what I am saying. The Lord will help you understand all these things.

 

Soldiers don’t get tied up in the affairs of civilian life, for then they cannot please the officer who enlisted them.

 And athletes cannot win the prize unless they follow the rules

When You Accept Jesus Christ As Savior You Become A Soldiers In God's Army.  This World Is No Longer Your Home. You Are Here To Build The Kingdom Of God and help those suffering and in need.

Any Distraction From That, Is Not Of God But Of This World.

Matthew 7:13-14

New King James Version (NKJV)

The Narrow Way

13 “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. 14 Because[a] narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.

God has a focus.  The new testament explains it completely. Most believers in the end times will not be a part of the  "few that find it", because they never make the commitment to attend boot camp. This is the failure of the current leadership of the end time body of Christ. How this happened is a complete teaching within its self, the the evidence  is very clear as explained below.

Need a comparison of what is expected of you.  How many people make it through BUD/S training (Navy Seals)

Each year, about 1,000 men start SEAL training. Although training success rates vary per class, usually about 200-250 men succeed each year.

 

If you think that God's training and expectations for you are any less, you have never spent much time in the New Testament.  A good place to start would be to take The Challenge.

To review The Challenge Click here

 

Start Here If You Want To Join God's Training For His Army. You can only serve in the army of God, if the following scriptures saturates you completely, spirit, soul, mind, strength and body.

Mark 12:29-31

New Living Translation (NLT)

29 Jesus replied, “The most important commandment is this: ‘Listen, O Israel! The Lord our God is the one and only Lord. 30 And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.[a] 31 The second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b] No other commandment is greater than these.”

 

Romans 12:1-2

New Living Translation (NLT)

A Living Sacrifice to God

12 And so, dear brothers and sisters,[a] I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrificethe kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him.[b] Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.

First let me say that by taking the challenge you will "let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think".

"Give your bodies to God" as a Living Sacrifice to God? What does this mean?

The following scriptures are going to lay this out for you. Before  you start you had better memorize the following scripture,

Matthew 7:14 Because[a] narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.

(and there are few who find it.)

 

 You need, you must, say the previous scripture out loud before and after,  every time you read one of the below scriptures. satan and this world does not want you to live by what is taught below.  If You Want Into Heaven, you had better stay  Focused On The Narrow Gate.

 

 

Matthew 6:19-21

New Living Translation (NLT)

Teaching about Money and Possessions

19 “Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. 21 Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.

 We are demonstrated to by the life style many current church leaders and taught by these leaders to build our own little kingdoms, life styles and professions. We are told that we are being blessed by God as we successfully do this.

Try to find that philosophy in the following scriptures.

 

 

God repeats nothing in the Word By accident.  Jesus explains very clearly what is the requirement to be His Follower. God repeats this requirement several  several time,  so there is no mistake about what is being said. 

 

What is the problem then? Well it was much more rewarding for the flesh to be an Old Testament  "Believer In God" than to be a New Testament  "Believer in God".

 

Old Testament  "Believers In God" were here to be sustained.  New Testament  "Believers In God" are on earth for one reason, to be a soldier in the Army of God. The life of a combat soldier on the frontlines of combat is much different than being at home in a prosperous nation enjoying the fruits of its prosperity.  You find any combat soldier and ask him to explain the difference.   He or she will probably just stare at you and turn and walk away.  This soldier knows that there is absolutely no way that you could even come close to understanding without actually being there.

 

Jesus is going to tell you what is required to be in him army in the next verses. But for any human living in a prosperous environment, it is extremely hard to lay all aside and accept a position in the Army of God.

 

The following scriptures are where the rubber meets the road as being a Christian. Either you have heard these scriptures taught with the purpose of explaining away any meaning for you personally or you have never heard this taught at all.

 

Matthew 19:20-26

New Living Translation (NLT)

20 “I’ve obeyed all these commandments,” the young man replied. “What else must I do?”

21 Jesus told him, “If you want to be perfect, go and sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”

22 But when the young man heard this, he went away sad, for he had many possessions.

23 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “I tell you the truth, it is very hard for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. 24 I’ll say it again—it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of God!”

25 The disciples were astounded. “Then who in the world can be saved?” they asked.

26 Jesus looked at them intently and said, “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But with God everything is possible.”

This is so important to understand, I within my self can never be able to live according to the Word. That Is why I must Die.

 

 

 

Mark 10:17-25

New Living Translation (NLT)

The Rich Man

17 As Jesus was starting out on his way to Jerusalem, a man came running up to him, knelt down, and asked, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

18 “Why do you call me good?” Jesus asked. “Only God is truly good. 19 But to answer your question, you know the commandments: ‘You must not murder. You must not commit adultery. You must not steal. You must not testify falsely. You must not cheat anyone. Honor your father and mother.’[a]

20 “Teacher,” the man replied, “I’ve obeyed all these commandments since I was young.”

21 Looking at the man, Jesus felt genuine love for him. “There is still one thing you haven’t done,” he told him. “Go and sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”

22 At this the man’s face fell, and he went away sad, for he had many possessions.

23 Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the Kingdom of God!” 24 This amazed them. But Jesus said again, “Dear children, it is very hard[b] to enter the Kingdom of God. 25 In fact, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of God!”

Luke 18:21-27

New Living Translation (NLT)

21 The man replied, “I’ve obeyed all these commandments since I was young.”

22 When Jesus heard his answer, he said, “There is still one thing you haven’t done. Sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”

23 But when the man heard this he became very sad, for he was very rich.

24 When Jesus saw this,[a] he said, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the Kingdom of God! 25 In fact, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of God!”

26 Those who heard this said, “Then who in the world can be saved?”

27 He replied, “What is impossible for people is possible with God.”

Why is this so hard for us to do. The flesh will always live by the world definitions, as it can not understand or submit to God's definitions spoken in the Word. This is a truth that satan has kept from the church. What is so frightening is he satan did not have to keep this hidden from the whole, but his focus was on just a few leaders of the church. Many believers then just fell in step with the lies that these few teachers believed and taught.

 

God's definition of being prosperous for a new testament Christian is much different from the definition of this world. See 1 John 2:15-16 below. 

 

God's requirement for joining His family is explained very clearly in the following verses. But it is very possible that you have never heard a single sermon on this teaching. Why, pastors and teachers in the U.S. refused to accept and to tell the truth because you can not build a big following teaching the truth.

 

The truth cost you everything.

 

So what was done? Most stuck with the Old Testament teaching of 10% and a God that want you to have great earthly prosperity. The old testament was God's plan to sustain His chosen people through which He would bring Christ The Savior into this earth. His Word was spoken through them that would establish The Kingdom Of God.

 

 The new testament Bible teachers used the old testament and new testament teachings out of context to deliver a message for the flesh of man.   

 

The flesh of man needs the promises of earthly wealth to build his own little kingdom on earth. Giving the flesh of  man a message that it can have  much stuff and power and still look forward to receive a portion of God's eternal Kingdom after leaving this earth, is like putting a hook in it's nose.

 

It will bow down to you and watch and listen to every word that you have to say.

 

The message that Jesus taught was to the spirit of man who is a Believer Of God in the New Testament. A person that wants to take a place in the army of God to build the Kingdom Of God.

 

These are the Words Of Jesus as to how to make this happen for yourself. Yourself is the spiritual being that you are. A spiritual being filled with the truth of the new testament understands the evil of the fleshly nature of the body that it is temporary trapped in.

 

 A temple that is evil and must be conquered daily.  Read 1 John 2:15-17 (below) in every Bible translation that you can find. Through this one scripture you can start understand the evil nature of the flesh. Look around you in this world and you will see the power of the flesh to drive the spirit of man to give it, the flesh, what it wants.

 

A carnal Christian receives the teaching that this is a blessing of God, all the thinks that we have and have created to satisfy the flesh.

 

A simple test as to all the stuff in your life.  Was this brought into your life to satisfy your flesh or to use to build The Kingdom of God.  Be very careful not to attribute the works of the flesh to the Spirit Of God.  

 

Remember that God repeats nothing in the word by accident. These following scriptures are our instruction as to how to deal with the flesh as Christian soldiers on this earth.

 

 

Matthew 10:38-39

New Living Translation (NLT)

38 If you refuse to take up your cross and follow me, you are not worthy of being mine. 39 If you cling to your life, you will lose it; but if you give up your life for me, you will find it.

 

Imagine hearing a pastor start of a sermon saying, If you come to Jesus it is going to cost you everything. You are going to have to give up all that you are and all that you have and believe in. You are going to have to refocus your mind to give up all that this world offers you. You must become a soldier in the army of God and you and your family must learn to serve God by building The Kingdom Of God. Plus you are here to serve other for the rest of your life on this earth.

 

 

Matthew 16:24

English Standard Version (ESV)

Take Up Your Cross and Follow Jesus

24 Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.

 

Mark 8:34

New King James Version (NKJV)

Take Up the Cross and Follow Him

34 When He had called the people to Himself, with His disciples also, He said to them, “Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.

 

 

Luke 9:23

King James Version (KJV)

23 And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.

 

We have deny three times and take up the cross four time.

Does God repeat Himself in the Word by accident.  Take the challenge and you will get to know God and then you can answer that question correctly.

Questions that you need to ask yourself, 

 1) What does it really mean to deny yourself?

A good place to start would be a man made dictionary.

de·ny
diˈnī/
verb
verb: deny; 3rd person present: denies; past tense: denied; past participle: denied; gerund or present participle: denying
  1. 1.
    state that one refuses to admit the truth or existence of.
    "they deny any responsibility for the tragedy"
    synonyms: contradict, controvert, repudiate, challenge, counter, contest, oppose, rebut; More
    informalpoke holes in;
    formalgainsay
    "the report was denied by witnesses"
    antonyms: confirm
    • refuse to admit the truth of (a concept or proposition that is supported by the majority of scientific or historical evidence).
      "an anti-environmentalist campaign group that denies cliMate change"
  2. 2.
    refuse to give or grant (something requested or desired) to (someone).
    "the inquiry was denied access to intelligence sources"
    synonyms: refuse, turn down, reject, rebuff, repulse, decline, veto, dismiss;
    informalgive the thumbs down to, give the red light to, nix
    "he denied the request"

 God expects you to apply this meaning to yourself.  The only way to accomplish this is to understand your total being, spirit, soul, mind, strength and especially the power of the flesh and it's influence in your daily living.

Romans 7:18

New King James Version (NKJV)

18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find.

This is something very important to understand. The flesh can never be trained to be good or even neutral. It is a vessel  of lust. You can send it school 10 years or a 110 years and it wakes up everyday to lust, lust, lust.  It will always wake up to lust in how ever and what ever you train it to do in life.

 

 So you would say how can I live in a vessel that lives on this earth to lust.  Only through the Power of God and some very very strict guide lines with what you let the flesh do through out the day.  God would never lead you to do something or participate in something that would violate very strict behavior guide lines. Guide lines that are the same for all people at all times through out your entire life.

Man in his wisdom will always try to find reason to change these guide line, but it is never God's will.

Never in anyway will God ask anyone to deviate in anyway from what is His standard of Holiness and Decency. Man in his fleshly wisdom will always throw out God's standers of Holiness and Decency to give himself permission to do what ever he wants.

This is why God repeated the following statement four times in teach you how to follow Him.

Take up the cross.

2)What was the cross used for or maybe a better question is how was it used. ?

The cross was a form of punishment to the death, that was created to not only deny the flesh the right of any  satisfaction, but to create an environment of excruciating pain that could last in many cases for several day. Compared to many other forms of  execution, this was a horrible way to be put to death.

 Why does Jesus use this statement, take Up your cross daily, to explain what is necessary, to be his follower.  Why is it necessary to deny yourself and take up the Cross. The best place I can send you for the correct answer to that question is the New Testament and your knees.

I will make this statement concerning  "take up the cross". I doubt very seriously that they ever put a dead body on a cross. There would have been no purpose. The cross is to, totally arrest, a live body and place it in a state of being able to receive zero satisfaction. Its not going anywhere, it is not getting anything and it is going to suffer till it dies. then they take it down.

If you really want to know the truth about the life style as a New Testament "Believer In God", there is only one correct way to find out the truth.  The Curriculum is the, New Testament and the teach is, The Holy Spirit Of God. Take the Challenge Below with an open heart and mind to God. I guarantee you, when you come out the other side, you will know the truth.

If You Want To Know The Truth, God Through The Holy Spirit of God, Will Teach You The Truth.

This would be a good place to introduce you to, The Challenge,

 if you have not already reviewed it and accepted it.

 

 

The Word, which is Jesus,  is very direct in the following scriptures,

 Many pastors and Bible teachers either do not teach this or waters this down to  satisfy the needs of the flesh.

 

1 John 2:15-16

New Living Translation (NLT)

Do Not Love This World

15 Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. 16 For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world.

You are not here to build your own little kingdom of any kind. If what you have built is not focused on building The kingdom of God,  you have wasted your time and money. Your efforts very likely will cause you to be labeled as lukewarm. How unbelievably  horrible that will be for many that were lead to believe that they were ready.

please notice what I am asking of you. I am Asking You To believe nothing that i am teaching. Please turn to the word and the teacher which is the holy spirit of god. if you will, you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.

man's doctrine is designed to separate the body of Christ. The doctrine of man is a can of worms. it is designed by satan him self to destroy you. if when you first become a Christian, You do not allow your self to be taught the whole new testament by the holy spirit of god, you are free prey for the deception of faults teaching.

 

James 4

New Living Translation (NLT)

Drawing Close to God

4 What is causing the quarrels and fights among you? Don’t they come from the evil desires at war within you? You want what you don’t have, so you scheme and kill to get it. You are jealous of what others have, but you can’t get it, so you fight and wage war to take it away from them. Yet you don’t have what you want because you don’t ask God for it. And even when you ask, you don’t get it because your motives are all wrong—you want only what will give you pleasure.

You adulterers![a] Don’t you realize that friendship with the world makes you an enemy of God? I say it again: If you want to be a friend of the world, you make yourself an enemy of God. What do you think the Scriptures mean when they say that the spirit God has placed within us is filled with envy?[b] But he gives us even more grace to stand against such evil desires. As the Scriptures say,

“God opposes the proud
    but favors the humble.”[c]

So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world. Let there be tears for what you have done. Let there be sorrow and deep grief. Let there be sadness instead of laughter, and gloom instead of joy. 10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up in honor.

Drawing Close to God Means To Get In The New Testament Word On Your Knees in Prayer.

 

How many prayers has satan answered to give of this world to those that are not grounded in the Word. You pray for stuff for your own personal satisfaction, or  pray for anything that is not going to help you build God's kingdom or help for someone in need, satan going to jump on it and answer that prayer.  If Jesus would have bowed to satan on the mount of temptation, satan would have been happy to give Him power over all the kingdoms of this world.

 

Jesus knew how useless satan's offer was.  DO YOU? Sure it would make your flesh happy for a little while.

 

After that there is hell to pay.

 

How many prayers have I prayed that had nothing to do with the building of God's kingdom, have them answered giving me some kind of Material gain, and give glory and thanks to God for the answers.  Only  because of God's mercy and grace am I still standing today.

God does answer prayers to meet our daily life needs, but once we enter in faults teaching  and to the description of life as stated in 1 John 2:15-16 "craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions", then satan was very obliged to answer and give to us as much of the worlds stuff that we believed for

The prosperity message that has, not blessed, but destroyed the body of Christ in the US and in some places world wide. It is one of, if not the  greatest  of satan's victory ever. 

 You tell the prosperity teachers this and they most likely will curse you.

 

Colossians 3

New Living Translation (NLT)

Living the New Life

3 Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God. And when Christ, who is your[a] life, is revealed to the whole world, you will share in all his glory.

So put to death the sinful, earthly things lurking within you. Have nothing to do with sexual immorality, impurity, lust, and evil desires. Don’t be greedy, for a greedy person is an idolater, worshiping the things of this world. Because of these sins, the anger of God is coming.[b] You used to do these things when your life was still part of this world. But now is the time to get rid of anger, rage, malicious behavior, slander, and dirty language. Don’t lie to each other, for you have stripped off your old sinful nature and all its wicked deeds. 10 Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like him. 11 In this new life, it doesn’t Matter if you are a Jew or a Gentile,[c] circumcised or uncircumcised, barbaric, uncivilized,[d] slave, or free. Christ is all that Matters, and he lives in all of us.

12 Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. 13 Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. 14 Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. 15 And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.

16 Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts. 17 And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father.

 

You need to seriously think about this statement that I am making.  If Jesus was to leave His throne and come to your house to spend the day, the week, the month, how many of your activities during the the time He is with you, would He be interested in.

 

This is not our home, the earth is a war zone. With every casualty, another individual enters eternal hell.   Have you ever seen eternal hell?  He has!   But Surely He Would Want To At Least Go To The Super Bowel, You Think. 

 

You think about this, with the total money spent on that one event, from payment to players, money spent by fans, the commercials, the cost of the facility. This one day's cost and spends add up to millions of dollars. 

 

You think that God is entertained by this.  This is just one day of our life style focus. You need to read the following scripture very closely.  We are in a war and you had better choose sides.

 

2 Corinthians 6:14-18

New Living Translation (NLT)

The Temple of the Living God

14 Don’t team up with those who are unbelievers. How can righteousness be a partner with wickedness? How can light live with darkness? 15 What harmony can there be between Christ and the devil[a]? How can a believer be a partner with an unbeliever? 16 And what union can there be between God’s temple and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God said:

“I will live in them
    and walk among them.
I will be their God,
    and they will be my people.[b]
17 Therefore, come out from among unbelievers,
    and separate yourselves from them, says the Lord.
Don’t touch their filthy things,
    and I will welcome you.[c]
18 And I will be your Father,
    and you will be my sons and daughters,
    says the Lord Almighty.[d]

Anything and everything that mans does or uses that is not centered around building "The kingdom of God", is considered an idol by God. Building The Kingdom is God's only interest on this earth. I personally do not believe that anyone could ever really understand this with out taking the Challenge.

 

The greatest failure of man trying to serve God was to create and teach doctrine, rather than send new believers to The New Testament and The Holy Spirit for boot camp training.

John 14:26

But when the Father sends the Advocate as my representative—that is, the Holy Spirit—he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you.

 

1 John 2:26-28

New Living Translation (NLT)

26 I am writing these things to warn you about those who want to lead you astray. 27 But you have received the Holy Spirit,[a] and he lives within you, so you don’t need anyone to teach you what is true. For the Spirit[b] teaches you everything you need to know, and what he teaches is true—it is not a lie. So just as he has taught you, remain in fellowship with Christ.

Living as Children of God

28 And now, dear children, remain in fellowship with Christ so that when he returns, you will be full of courage and not shrink back from him in shame.

False Teaching and True Riches

1 Timothy 6:2-10

New Living Translation (NLT)

False Teaching and True Riches

Teach these things, Timothy, and encourage everyone to obey them. Some people may contradict our teaching, but these are the wholesome teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. These teachings promote a godly life. Anyone who teaches something different is arrogant and lacks understanding. Such a person has an unhealthy desire to quibble over the meaning of words. This stirs up arguments ending in jealousy, division, slander, and evil suspicions. These people always cause trouble. Their minds are corrupt, and they have turned their backs on the truth. To them, a show of godliness is just a way to become wealthy.

Yet true godliness with contentment is itself great wealth. After all, we brought nothing with us when we came into the world, and we can’t take anything with us when we leave it. So if we have enough food and clothing, let us be content.

But people who long to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many foolish and harmful desires that plunge them into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows.

 

2 Peter 2

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False Teachers and Their Destruction

But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them—bringing swift destruction on themselves. Many will follow their depraved conduct and will bring the way of truth into disrepute. In their greed these teachers will exploit you with fabricated stories. Their condemnation has long been hanging over them, and their destruction has not been sleeping.

For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but sent them to hell,[a] putting them in chains of darkness[b] to be held for judgment; if he did not spare the ancient world when he brought the flood on its ungodly people, but protected Noah, a preacher of righteousness, and seven others; if he condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah by burning them to ashes, and made them an example of what is going to happen to the ungodly; and if he rescued Lot, a righteous man, who was distressed by the depraved conduct of the lawless (for that righteous man, living among them day after day, was tormented in his righteous soul by the lawless deeds he saw and heard)— if this is so, then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials and to hold the unrighteous for punishment on the day of judgment. 10 This is especially true of those who follow the corrupt desire of the flesh[c] and despise authority.

Bold and arrogant, they are not afraid to heap abuse on celestial beings; 11 yet even angels, although they are stronger and more powerful, do not heap abuse on such beings when bringing judgment on them from[d] the Lord. 12 But these people blaspheme in Matters they do not understand. They are like unreasoning animals, creatures of instinct, born only to be caught and destroyed, and like animals they too will perish.

13 They will be paid back with harm for the harm they have done. Their idea of pleasure is to carouse in broad daylight. They are blots and blemishes, reveling in their pleasures while they feast with you.[e] 14 With eyes full of adultery, they never stop sinning; they seduce the unstable; they are experts in greed—an accursed brood! 15 They have left the straight way and wandered off to follow the way of Balaam son of Bezer,[f] who loved the wages of wickedness. 16 But he was rebuked for his wrongdoing by a donkey—an animal without speech—who spoke with a human voice and restrained the prophet’s madness.

17 These people are springs without water and mists driven by a storm. Blackest darkness is reserved for them. 18 For they mouth empty, boastful words and, by appealing to the lustful desires of the flesh, they entice people who are just escaping from those who live in error. 19 They promise them freedom, while they themselves are slaves of depravity—for “people are slaves to whatever has mastered them.” 20 If they have escaped the corruption of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and are again entangled in it and are overcome, they are worse off at the end than they were at the beginning. 21 It would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than to have known it and then to turn their backs on the sacred command that was passed on to them. 22 Of them the proverbs are true: “A dog returns to its vomit,”[g] and, “A sow that is washed returns to her wallowing in the mud.”

 

If you let the Holy Spirit Of God teach you the New Testament,

you can protect yourself from faults teaching.

Who is Chirst Jesus?

John 1:1-14

New Living Translation (NLT)

Prologue: Christ, the Eternal Word

In the beginning the Word already existed.
    The Word was with God,
    and the Word was God.
He existed in the beginning with God.
God created everything through him,
    and nothing was created except through him.
The Word gave life to everything that was created,[a]
    and his life brought light to everyone.
The light shines in the darkness,
    and the darkness can never extinguish it.[b]

God sent a man, John the Baptist,[c] to tell about the light so that everyone might believe because of his testimony. John himself was not the light; he was simply a witness to tell about the light. The one who is the true light, who gives light to everyone, was coming into the world.

10 He came into the very world he created, but the world didn’t recognize him. 11 He came to his own people, and even they rejected him. 12 But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. 13 They are reborn—not with a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan, but a birth that comes from God.

14 So the Word became human[d] and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness.[e] And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son.

 

 

Jesus makes it very clear, if you use any of your Time, any Action that you take, or one single Penny that is not directed towards enabling you to work towards the building of The Kingdom Of God, it is considered an idol to Him.

In The Mind Of Christ, There Is No Exceptions At All.

 

So you would say, how is possible to live like this.

 

Read the warnings below, compare your time on earth to your time in eternity,

  and you might try to start figuring it out.

Many Warnings,

to the results of avoiding  or not taking scripture at face value,

I am only sharing a few.

Matthew 7:21-23

New King James Version (NKJV)

I Never Knew You

21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. 22 Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’

When man reads the above verse he applies his own definition to what it means to "practice lawlessness", so he can feel ok about himself.

He does not ask God what He means by the statement.

Matthew 24:36-44

New King James Version (NKJV)

No One Knows the Day or Hour

36 “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven,[a] but My Father only. 37 But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. 38 For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, 39 and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. 40 Then two men will be in the field: one will be taken and the other left. 41 Two women will be grinding at the mill: one will be taken and the other left. 42 Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour[b] your Lord is coming. 43 But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into. 44 Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.

Matthew 25:31-46

New Living Translation (NLT)

The Final Judgment

31 “But when the Son of Man[a] comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit upon his glorious throne. 32 All the nations[b] will be gathered in his presence, and he will separate the people as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will place the sheep at his right hand and the goats at his left.

34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. 36 I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.’

37 “Then these righteous ones will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you? Or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 Or a stranger and show you hospitality? Or naked and give you clothing? 39 When did we ever see you sick or in prison and visit you?’

40 “And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters,[c] you were doing it to me!’

41 “Then the King will turn to those on the left and say, ‘Away with you, you cursed ones, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his demons.[d] 42 For I was hungry, and you didn’t feed me. I was thirsty, and you didn’t give me a drink. 43 I was a stranger, and you didn’t invite me into your home. I was naked, and you didn’t give me clothing. I was sick and in prison, and you didn’t visit me.’

44 “Then they will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and not help you?’

45 “And he will answer, ‘I tell you the truth, when you refused to help the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were refusing to help me.’

46 “And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous will go into eternal life.”

This is black and white. It is very simple to understand the difference between the actions of the sheep and goats. You put this together with the rest of the new testament which teaches these truth in many different ways, and you have the gospel of Christ. 

 

We are here to build the kingdom of God. We do this through share the Word Of God and helping others in anyway we as a group of believers possibly can. We are not here to build our own little kingdoms, yet that is the focus of the teaching for believers in the end time.  If you will take the challenge, the truths in the Word will open your eyes so that you can see this.

 

Just listen to the simple example.  What if we as a group of believes were to live only using a small percent as a group of what we as group made in income. Living each a simple life style. Some able to product 30% some 60% and some even a 100% more than he needs for his personal needs.

 

God has a plan for the use of all that He gives us. If you are building your own little kingdom, you can not be apart of the Building of God's Kingdom.

2 Corinthians 8:15

New Living Translation (NLT)

15 As the Scriptures say,

“Those who gathered a lot had nothing left over,
    and those who gathered only a little had enough.”[a]

 

 

Matthew 13:3-9 (New Living Translation)

Matthew 13:3-9

New Living Translation (NLT)

He told many stories in the form of parables, such as this one:

“Listen! A farmer went out to plant some seeds. As he scattered them across his field, some seeds fell on a footpath, and the birds came and ate them. Other seeds fell on shallow soil with underlying rock. The seeds sprouted quickly because the soil was shallow. But the plants soon wilted under the hot sun, and since they didn’t have deep roots, they died. Other seeds fell among thorns that grew up and choked out the tender plants. Still other seeds fell on fertile soil, and they produced a crop that was thirty, sixty, and even a hundred times as much as had been planted! Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand.”

 

Simple Example;  What if we as a group decided to get individuals to become auto dealers, go to the auctions and buy used yet dependable autos and trucks.  Buy doing this we could each drive paid for transportation.   If you took any, small to large current day church in the US, and added up the current amount of money that that is being spent on auto payments and insurance, take that money into our communities, our state and even to the world. What damage could we do to many of satan's strong holds.

 

It is a pride thing that rises up against this simple idea.  I have lived it and felt it.  I have driven off the lot in a $42.000 new auto and I now have spent the last five years driving an auto that I bought on the side of the road for $2700.  Both provided for me dependable and safe transportation.  I lived for years building my own kingdom and not focused on building the Kingdom Of God.

 

Is it easy to change your focus from this world, to dying to yourself, placing your flesh on the cross, and committing to the army of God? Well if you decide, I promise you do not have a clue how big of a fit that your flesh is going to pitch. You do not have a clue as to the depth of this world that is a part of your physical being. You do not have a clue how much control this world and satan has over your daily life.

 

Can you do it? Not in your own ability. That is why it is necessary to take the challenge. I personally believe it is the only way to freedom in Christ Jesus. 

 

Are you going to be supported by others? Very possibly no, not even your own family. Read the following scripture and decide which side of the balance you want to put your all on.

 

 

According to the scripture below, If you want to be apart of The Kingdom Of God, You have to place all that you are, that you have, that you want, that you say, that you dream of, all on the right side of God's balance. There is no in-between.

 

Revelation 3:15-22

New King James Version (NKJV)

15 “I know all the things you do, that you are neither hot nor cold. I wish that you were one or the other! 16 But since you are like lukewarm water, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth!

Because you say, ‘I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing’—and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked— 18 I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see. 19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent. 20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me. 21 To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.

22 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”’”

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