Religion will always be in Conflict with True Christianity
When I was a young Christian, I use to always strive for Gods approval for everything. As I matured in my Christian walk with Him, I slowly started losing my religion, as God wanted me to do. When I lost my religion and received great revelation understanding of Gods Word, this made me realize that I never needed Gods approval for anything ever. I learned that He already approves of me and always has, even before I was born. This was given to all of us by “Grace” and If you truly believe this then it will set you free... Bill Ricks
Remember to thank God everyday for all good things in your life in the past, the present and the future. For God is our provider for all good things. This will strengthen your faith, blessings and anointing.
James 1:16-17 Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Psalm 78:41 Don't Limit God!
In the book of James 5:13-16 below, Jesus gives Christians a command to pray for the sick in the church so that the sick will recover. It does not say in the Bible that we quit praying for the sick when all of the Apostles died out. This is what some of the major Christian denominations have been teaching for many years. Especially here in America. There is not any scriptural truth to that kind of teaching. This is the lie of the devil. You must bring down the walls of your religion before they destroy you. Read the Word of God, the Bible and allow it replace your personal theology or beliefs. This is the only way that you will grow in God’s Word. This is the only way that will make the Word of God come alive and work in your life.
Look at Matthew 10:8 below that gives us a command to heal the sick. How can you not understand these scriptures? Matthew 10:8 Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give. Remember that healing will never come to those who don’t or wont believe. Jesus had this same problem in His hometown as it says in Mark 6:5-7 and He marveled at their unbelief. Jesus also told us in Matthew 28:20 to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. We have not reached the end of the age yet and will not until Jesus returns for us. Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
James 5:13-16 Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms. Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.
Matthew 10:8 Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.
John 10:10 The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.
Jesus gave us authority over all of the enemy (the devil); and most Christians never take their God given authority and use it, thus making the devil much bigger and more powerful than he really is. Most Christians live in defeat giving the devil more power than he has. Christians have much more power than the devil has, as Jesus tells us in Luke 10:19 Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy (the devil), and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
Jesus is telling us that we have the authority (and He gave this to us) ” over all the power of the devil”, not just a little or some small amount of power. So start believing this and use this God given authority everyday and it will start to work for you. This will help you live the abundant life that God has planned for all of us. This takes time and you must be patient to achieve this abundant life, line upon line and precept upon precept. Here a little, there a little. Isaiah 28:10 & 13
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Hosea 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge.
2 Peter 1:2 Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God and our Lord Jesus Christ.
Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
Luke 10:16 He who hears you hears Me, he who rejects you rejects Me, and he who rejects Me rejects Him who sent Me.
Proverbs 10:25 When the whirlwind passes by, the wicked is no more, But the righteous has an everlasting foundation.
Jeremiah 30:23 Behold, the whirlwind of the Lord Goes forth with fury, A continuing whirlwind; It will fall violently on the head of the wicked.
Most Christians do not ever see the Word of God work very well in their lives because of their own theology, traditions and beliefs. Most never get past the cross and grow as they should. Theology (Religion) is from man that stunts your Spiritual growth because most people don't let the Word of God "The Bible" over-ride their own theology. Look at the two scriptures below that talk about this very topic. You must learn to read the Bible yourself, line upon line and precept upon precept as shown in Isaiah 28:13. Ask God for the true meaning of each scripture and God will give you His true revelations of His Word, just for the asking.
Hebrews 4:2 For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it.
Mark 7:13 Making the word of God of no effect through your tradition which you have handed down. And many such things you do.
Do you really know who you are as a Christian?
When we place our faith in Christ, then the righteousness that Jesus obtained from God by His faith becomes ours. Through faith in Jesus, we can receive the very righteousness of God as a gift. No one can ever be justified in the sight of God based on his own righteousness which comes through acts of holiness. We must have God's righteousness which only comes through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior.
Paul said in Philippians 3:8-9, Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith; "This is "the righteousness of God."
Look at some of what God did for us all when He sent Jesus The Christ to us as stated in 2 Corinthians 5:21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. As a Christian you must know and understand that “you are the righteousness of God” through Jesus Christ. When someone asks me who I am, I tell them that I am the righteousness of God through Jesus Christ. As a Christian you should do the same because this is really who you are.
God doesn't send you to Hell. You send yourself to Hell. God gave each one of us free will and we make the choice! Choose life!
2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. Hell is a real place and so is Heaven. If you don't know Jesus Christ and would love to know Him while being assured of where you will go after this life ends on this earth, then please pray this prayer like the Apostle Paul and Silas say in Acts 16:31 “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.”
Tell the Lord Jesus Christ that you believe in Him and He is welcome to come into your life-Amen. This is all that you have to do to be saved.
Romans 10:9-10 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. Look at 1 John 4:15 Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. Also look at a portion of Joel 2:32 And it shall come to pass that whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved. Jesus tells us in John 6:47 Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me has everlasting life.
Thank You Jesus!!! Wow-Salvation is this easy! God is so Awesome!
If you believe that Jesus is Lord or if you just prayed this prayer or you have already been a Christian, then I welcome you brother or sister in Christ. If you didn’t, I pray that you will in the future because I don’t think that you really want to go to Hell when you die. This life on earth is very short compared to eternity. Please don't spend eternity suffering! Choose Life! God Bless You!
Baptism of the Holy Spirit
I am so proud of each one of you that has received Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior. This is the single most important decision that you will ever make. Welcome to salvation. It’s Gods grace that provided salvation to all. It’s our responsibility to receive it. That's faith!
God’s word promises, as it says in Romans 10:9-11 That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.” Also in Romans 10:13 For “whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.”
There is nothing in this lifetime that you could have done to anyone or yourself that is so bad that would make you unable to receive salvation and forgiveness from God. All you have to do is ask Him. He provided all by grace and He loves you the same as anyone else that’s on this earth. You are worthy of His love and forgiveness through grace.
If you are a born again Christian and would like to be filled with Gods supernatural power, then I invite you to pray this prayer: Heavenly Father, I thank you for providing your power to me through grace and I ask you now to fill me with the Holy Spirit and by faith I do receive Him this very moment. I thank you dear God for baptizing me in the Holy Spirit and you are welcome in me and my life forever. Amen
Jesus says in 2 Timothy 1:7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. Jesus also says that if we live in fear, then we live in torment. 1 John 4:18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.
For everyone that asks, receives as Gods word says in Luke 11:9-13 “So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. If a son asks for bread from any father among you, will he give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent instead of a fish? Or if he asks for an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!”
After you’re baptized with the Holy Spirit, you might feel something different or start speaking in tongues. You might not feel anything different at all. When I was baptized with the Holy Spirit, I did not start speaking in tongues that day or that month. This did not start until six months later. The only thing that I felt that day was peace and that was good enough for me because I knew what I had received from God.
Please read the scriptures of 1 Corinthians 14:1-40. This will help you to understand speaking in tongues. I speak in tongues to praise God. I often speak in tongues and most of this is when I am alone. When I can’t think of a specific thing that I need to pray for or I can’t find an answer to a problem, this is when I speak in tongues. This is very effective and will help you get answers to prayers. When I am praying for someone and I start feeling, seeing, hearing or smelling demonic forces that are hindering these prayers, I then start talking in tongues just for a few seconds and this always breaks the strongholds that these dark spirits have on me or others. I didn’t learn these things over night. This is always a learning progression and this is why I am teaching you this. I pray that you learn in months what has taken me decades to learn and I am still learning as I hope you are. I am not perfect but praise God that I am not where I use to be. I have left that place.
1 Corinthians 14:39 Therefore, brethren, desire earnestly to prophesy, and do not forbid to speak with tongues.
By the decree of heaven, let every creation of God begin to work in my favor from now henceforth in the name of Jesus. Amen!
Note: Words in italic are my words. Bill Ricks