Frequently, we will find nuggets of wisdom from Pastor Jake. A handful of those appear below:
True vs. False Religion
Many of my writings are to those who are on the “church” rolls and think of themselves as “Christians.” I strongly believe that my Lord has taught and called me to teach His truth and to warn people not to be deceived. There is a lot of false doctrine being taught today and I strongly believe there are many on the church rolls who think they are “saved” but are not. I am led to believe this because the life they live does not correspond to their claim on Christ.
These are in more danger than the unbeliever or the one who has never heard the gospel because they are deceived in their thinking. It is not my intention to cause anyone to doubt his/her salvation, but I think it is very important that one examine himself to make sure that he is being saved. It is a simple thing to test yourself—just examine yourself by the life you live—is it in obedience to God’s word? Are you led by the Spirit of God (Romans 8:14) or by your own lust? Who is Lord of your life? Is it your five senses of your body?? Or is Jesus Lord of your life?
Traditional religion requires a change in lifestyle; spirituality requires a change in heart.
- They have casual sex and go their separate ways
- Some commit adultery
- Some who are single live together outside of holy, God ordained wedlock
- They have children and rear them in immorality assuring the cycle to continue
- Many go to church and bow to pray thinking they are being heard by God
- They even act as if they are righteous.
They raise up for themselves preachers to tickle their ears while they conjure up a “Jesus” in their minds that suits their fancy. Well—this is your wake up call people!! God loves you but he hates the sin you are in. Jesus died to cleanse and deliver you from sin, not to forgive you by the shedding of His blood while you willfully continue to wallow in sin.
Who Are The “Born Again” ?
- The gifts of the Spirit
- The resurrection of the dead
- The laying on of hands
- Healing of the sick and the blind and the lame.
They believe that the same God that created the heavens and the earth is the same God that watches over them day and night. The true believers know that there is nothing impossible with God!! These are the ones who are lead of the Spirit of God, these are the sons of God (Romans 8:14 NAS).
Sanctification is being cleansed of sin and being set aside for living a life of holiness.
3 For this is the will of God, your sanctification; that is, that you abstain from 1)1 Thessalonians 4:3 Or fornicationsexual immorality; 4 that each of you know how to 2)1 Thessalonians 4:4 Or acquirepossess his own 3)1 Thessalonians 4:4 I.e. body; or wifevessel in sanctification and honor, 5 not in 4)1 Thessalonians 4:5 Lit passion of lustlustful passion, like the Gentiles who do not know God; 6 and that no man transgress and defraud his brother in the matter because the Lord is the avenger in all these things, just as we also told you before and solemnly warned you. 7 For God has not called us for the purpose of impurity, but 5)1 Thessalonians 4:7 I.e. in the state or sphere ofin sanctification. 8 So, he who rejects this is not rejecting man but the God who gives His Holy Spirit to you.
1 Thessalonians 4:3-8 [NASU]
4 That each one of you should know how to 6)1 Thessalonians 4:4 The American Standard Version and others so read.possess (control, manage) his own 7)1 Thessalonians 4:4 Some of the early versions of the Bible read “vessel” here. The reading “body” is supported by most lexicons, and by such translations as Ronald Knox, The Holy Bible: A Translation from the Latin Vulgate; J.B. Phillips, New Testament in Modern English; and Arthur S. Way, Way’s Epistles: The Letters of St. Paul to Seven Churches and Three Friends.body in consecration (purity, separated from things profane) and honor,
5 Not [to be used] in the passion of lust like the heathen, who are ignorant of the true God and have no knowledge of His will,
6 That no man transgress and overreach his brother and defraud him in this matter or defraud his brother in business. For the Lord is an avenger in all these things, as we have already warned you solemnly and 8)1 Thessalonians 4:6 G. Abbott-Smith, Manual Greek Lexicon.told you plainly.
7 For God has not called us to impurity but to consecration [to dedicate ourselves to the most thorough purity].
8 Therefore whoever disregards (sets aside and rejects this) disregards not man but God, Whose [very] Spirit [Whom] He gives to you is holy (chaste, pure).
1 Thessalonians 4:3-8 [AMPC]
They draw us away in an opposite direction.
While the Spirit of God would lead us one way, our carnal nature would lead us another.
This produces the painful controversy that exists in our minds; a warfare that can only be won by the power of the Holy Spirit.
It is, therefore, important that we “set our minds on things of the Spirit.”
Hope is a compound emotion made up of an earnest “desire” for an object, and a corresponding “expectation” of obtaining it. The hope of eternal life is made up of an earnest “desire” to possess it, and a corresponding “expectation” of it, or “reason to believe” that it is ours. The full assurance of that hope exists where there is the highest desire for eternal life and such corresponding evidence of love, faith and personal devotion to our Lord and Savior as to leave no doubt that it is ours.
The real fact of the church is in Christ, just as the man of faith is the real fact of the believer. The life that the church must live conforms to its true reality. In every manifestation there should thus be the aim, not of conformity to the world, but transformation by renewal into the likeness of Him in whom the church has its life (Romans 12:2).
“This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast and one which enters within the veil,—- (Hebrews 6:19 NASU).”
Hope is a compound emotion made up of an earnest “desire” for an object, and a corresponding “expectation” of obtaining it. The hope of eternal life is made up of an earnest “desire” to possess it, and a corresponding “confident expectation” of it, or “reason to believe” that it is ours. The full assurance of that hope exists where there is the highest desire for eternal life and such corresponding evidence of love, faith and personal devotion to our Lord and Savior as to leave no doubt that it is ours.
The Way of the Israelites
When Yahweh called Abraham He began once again to restore a way of life for man; a way of life that He intended for man from “the beginning.” He brought forth a nation from the loins of Abraham and entrusted them with His word.
Over the years the Nation Israel took God’s word and made it a man made religion. They had their way of life and they had their worthless religion.
Deep within my heart I believe that when my Lord was born into the world He never intended to establish a new religion. I believe He came to restore a way of life; a life that was intended from the beginning for man to have communion with his Creator; a life that would manifest Yahweh’s glory in all creation.
Have we gone the way of the Nation Israel and made the same mistake?
Have we so distorted God’s word that today’s Christianity is a worthless religion?
Does the message we preach and the life we live lead lost souls to a Savior or does it just make them religious?
It is to be distinguished from justification, because justification is a change in our relation to God.
Regeneration is a change in our moral and spiritual nature.
James C Sanford
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|1.||↑||1 Thessalonians 4:3 Or fornication|
|2.||↑||1 Thessalonians 4:4 Or acquire|
|3.||↑||1 Thessalonians 4:4 I.e. body; or wife|
|4.||↑||1 Thessalonians 4:5 Lit passion of lust|
|5.||↑||1 Thessalonians 4:7 I.e. in the state or sphere of|
|6.||↑||1 Thessalonians 4:4 The American Standard Version and others so read.|
|7.||↑||1 Thessalonians 4:4 Some of the early versions of the Bible read “vessel” here. The reading “body” is supported by most lexicons, and by such translations as Ronald Knox, The Holy Bible: A Translation from the Latin Vulgate; J.B. Phillips, New Testament in Modern English; and Arthur S. Way, Way’s Epistles: The Letters of St. Paul to Seven Churches and Three Friends.|
|8.||↑||1 Thessalonians 4:6 G. Abbott-Smith, Manual Greek Lexicon.|