Sunday, October 27, 2013

ARE YOU CHRIST LIKE?

ARE YOU CHRIST LIKE?



NOT every Church will leave in "The Rapture" when "The Trumpet" sounds... NOT everyone who calls themselves "A Christian" will meet The Lord Jesus in the air---- When HE returns back for His Church.

You may ask, how do you know that?  Answer: Because Jesus said, that it would be so..."NOT EVERYONE WHO SAYS TO ME, 'LORD, LORD,' WILL ENTER THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN, But Only The One Who Does The Will Of My Father Who Is In Heaven. Many Will Say To Me On That Day, 'Lord, Lord, Did We Not Prophesy In Your Name And In Your Name Drive Out Demons And In Your Name Perform Many Miracles?' THEN I WILL TELL THEM PLAINLY, 'I NEVER KNEW YOU. AWAY FROM ME, YOU EVILDOERS!'-(Matthew 7:21-23)

Note: Who are the ones that will meet the LORD in the air?  PEOPLE who are FULL of the "HOLY SPIRIT", those who have "GODLY FRUITS" in their lives, HOLY, BLAMELESS, RIGHTEOUS people, people who "LIVE AS JESUS DID", those who have the "LOVE OF GOD" in them...THESE WILL BE THE ONES THAT WILL MEET THE LORD JESUS IN THE AIR WHEN "THE TRUMPET" SOUNDS.  (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17, Ephesians 5:27, Philippians 2:15, 1 Thessalonians 3:13, 4:7-8, 16, 1 Corinthians 1:8, 2 Peter 3:11-14, Titus 2:12-13, Hebrews 12:14, John 13:34-35, 1 John 4:7-8, Matthew 24:31, Mark 13:27)

This is what "THE HOLY SCRIPTURES" SAY: "WHOEVER CLAIMS TO LIVE IN HIM MUST LIVE AS JESUS DID." (1 John 2:3-6)

Note: If you're NOT living like Jesus Christ lived... Then, NOW is great time for "A Fresh Start"-A NEW BEGINNING. Walk daily like Jesus did- Live for HIM each and every day. TIME IS SHORT, FRIENDS...And Jesus wants us to be prepared/ready when HE returns. DON'T GET LEFT BEHIND...DO NOT BE LIKE "THE UNWISE VIRGINS" of Matthew 25:11-12. BE READY!  KEEP WATCHING AND PRAYING, FRIENDS!

The Apostle Peter tells us this: : "For this very reason, "MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO ADD" to your faith GOODNESS; and to GOODNESS, KNOWLEDGE; and to KNOWLEDGE, SELF-CONTROL; and to SELF-CONTROL, PERSEVERANCE and to PERSEVERANCE, GODLINESS; and to GODLINESS, MUTUAL AFFECTION; and to MUTUAL AFFECTION, LOVE.  For if you POSSESS these "QUALITIES" in INCREASING MEASURE, they will keep you from being "Ineffective and Unproductive" in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But whoever DOES NOT have them is nearsighted and blind, Forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins.   (WATCH THIS... DON'T MISS IT!)... "FOR IF YOU DO THESE THINGS, YOU WILL NEVER STUMBLE, AND YOU WILL RECEIVE A RICH WELCOME INTO THE ETERNAL KINGDOM OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST." (2 Peter 1:5-11)

Put On The Whole Armor Of GOD daily, Fight the good fight of faith in every area of your life daily...Stay close to the Lord Jesus in daily prayers and in Bible studies because apart from our loving Savior we can do NOTHING. (Ephesians 6:12-18, 1 Timothy 6:11-12, John 15:4-6)

SAINTS..."CONTINUE TO WORK OUT YOUR SALVATION WITH "FEAR AND TREMBLING," (Philippians 2:12)
JESUS IS RETURNING SOON! BE READY AT ALL TIME... Jesus Says: "SO YOU ALSO MUST BE READY, because the Son of Man will come at an hour WHEN YOU DO NOT EXPECT HIM." (Matthew 24:44, Luke 12:40)

 

GOD BLESS YOU ALL NOW AND ALWAYS,
YOUR FRIEND,
VICKY RIVERA

Thursday, October 24, 2013

THE COMING OF THE FOUR BLOOD MOONS

THE COMING OF THE FOUR BLOOD MOONS


The prophet Joel told us that  one of  "The Signs" that will indicate the great and terrible day of the Lord is near, would be the "Blood Moon." This is what Joel said: "And I will cause wonders in the heavens and on the earth—blood and fire and columns of smoke. The sun will become dark, and the moon will turn blood red before that great and terrible day of the LORD arrives." (Joel 2:30-31)

Friends, I know, I keep saying to be ready at ALL times for our Lord's return... But all "The SIGNS" are pointing to the soon return of our Lord and Savior. We need to BE READY ... Because soon we will meet Jesus Christ in the air, as the Holy Scriptures has already foretold (1 Thessalonians 4:17);
This is NOT something that I'm making up! "The Signs" that Jesus told us to look out for are happening right before our eyes each and everyday. (Matthew 24, Mark 13, Luke 21) "THE SIGNS" ARE CLEAR...AND WE MUST BE AS WISE AS "THE VIRGINS" OF MATTHEW 25:10 WERE.

Note: Paul tell us this: "And to present her to himself as a "RADIANT CHURCH", without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless." (Ephesians 5:27, 2 Peter 3:11, Titus 2:12-13) Jesus Christ is coming back for a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle, no blemishes... But a "holy and blameless church...

The Bible says: (Watch This...Don't Miss It!)... "Whoever abides in Him (Jesus Christ) DOES NOT SIN. Whoever sins has neither seen Him nor known Him." (1 John 3:6)  A person who has had a true encounter with the living Christ...According to the Holy Scriptures, that person WILL NOT continue to (Willfully/Purposefully) sin... "Whosoever is born of God DOTH NOT COMMIT SIN; for his seed remaineth in Him: AND HE CANNOT SIN, BECAUSE HE IS BORN OF GOD." (1 John 3:9- See also Hebrews 10:26-27)

Jesus tells us this: "NOT EVERYONE" who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ WILL ENTER the kingdom of heaven, BUT ONLY THE ONE WHO DOES THE WILL OF MY FATHER WHO IS IN HEAVEN." (Matthew 7:21)

Friends, We MUST be doers of the word of God... If we want to inherit the kingdom of God. (James 1:22, Matthew 13:40-42, John 14:15, 21, 23-24, 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, Galatians 5:19-21, Ephesians 5:1-21 Colossians 3:1-10, 2 Timothy 2:19, 2 Peter 1:5-11, 1 John 2:3-6, Revelation 21:27, 22:15) ..."Without holiness NO ONE will see the Lord." (Hebrews 12:14) "KEEP LOOKING UP" Because our redemption is drawing near. (Luke 21:28)

 
I have attached a YouTube video, that I believe it will be a tremendous blessing to you. It will be a great witnessing tool to warn your unsaved family and friends to come to the living Christ before its too late.  This is a great study on the signs in the Heavens and of the coming of  "The Four Blood Moons" (that were reported by NASA), and so much more. Here is the video link: http://youtu.be/HXUqfNQ3J0o.  Remember, what Jesus said: "In the same way, "WHEN YOU SEE ALL THESE THINGS TAKING PLACE", you can know that his return is very near, right at the door." (Luke 21:31)

We are truly living in "The End Times" friends. ALWAYS BE READY... AND WATCH AND PRAY! The King of Glory is very near... Jesus also told us this: “Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near."..."BE ON GUARD! BE ALERT! You do not know when that time will come."... "Therefore keep watch because you do not know when the owner of the house will come back—whether in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or at dawn. (Watch This...Don't Miss It!)-"If he comes suddenly, DO NOT let him find you SLEEPING." (Mark 13:28, 33, 35-36) MARANATHA...


GOD BLESS YOU ALL NOW AND ALWAYS
YOUR FRIEND,
VICKY RIVERA

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

ARE YOU SURE, YOU’RE READY???

                              ARE YOU SURE, YOU’RE READY???
 

Jesus Says: “For I tell you that “UNLESS” your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, YOU WILL CERTAINLY NOT ENTER THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN.” (Matthew 5:20)

 
Let’s Study “The Sermon” That Jesus Gave At The Mount…


“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.  Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.  Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.  Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.  Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.  Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.  “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.  Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. (Matthew 5:3-12)

Note: What Jesus spoke on the “Sermon of the Mount” is to be obeyed and applied to ALL of us who call on His name! (1 John 2:6) Remember, what God the Father says, about His Son… This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. LISTEN TO HIM!” (Matthew 17:5, Mark 9:7, Luke 9:35)

Friends, we are the light of the world as Jesus has said, (Matthew 5:13-14) and His representatives here on Earth. If we want inherit the kingdom of God…We MUST be doers of God’s word and be obedient to ALL Of Christ Teachings. For I tell you that “UNLESS” your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, YOU WILL CERTAINLY NOT ENTER THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN.” (Matthew 5:20, James 1:22)

 
Jesus speaks on “Murder” and this is what He says:

You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘You shall not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to a brother or sister, ‘Raca,’is answerable to the court. And anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell.  Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift."  (Matthew 5:21:26)

Note: We who call on the name of the Lord should NEVER hold a grudge against another fellow human being…We should be willing to reconciled and forgive those who have offended us; “Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. “FORGIVE AS THE LORD FORGAVE YOU.” (Colossians 3:13)

Jesus says: “For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father WILL ALSO forgive you. But if  YOU DO NOT forgive others their sins, your Father WILL NOT forgive your sins.” (Matthew 6:14-15)

We MUST forgive, if we want to be FORGIVEN!

“Forgiveness”-This is NOT always easy to do…When the pain they have cost is too great!  Jesus can help us, ask Him heal you from the inside out from the pain, so that you can forgive them and move on.  Jesus knows exactly what you’re feeling…He had to also forgive all of those who mocked Him and eventually crucified Him.  (Hebrews 2:18)

 
Jesus also addresses the topic of  “Adultery” and this is what He says:

You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery. But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” (Matthew 5:27-30)

Note: We have to be careful NOT to let the world or ANYONE lead us astray from what Jesus has command us to be like and act like in this world! 

Jesus says: “If your right eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. And if your right hand causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell.” (Matthew 5:29-30)

Note: The LORD Says: “REPENT! Turn away from ALL your offenses; then sin will not be your downfall.” (Ezekiel 18:30, 18:32) “…So turn from your evil ways, each one of you, and reform your ways and your actions.' (Jeremiah 18:11)

“FRIENDS, NO SIN IS WORTH BURNING IN HELL FOR…IF THIS SIN OR ANY OTHER SIN HAS YOU CAPTIVE “REPENT” FROM IT, TURN FROM IT QUICKLY AND STOP SINNING!”  (Matthew 13:40-42, John 5:14, John 8:11, 1 Corinthians 15:34, Revelation 21:8)

On the topic of  “Divorce” Jesus says this:

It has been said, 'Anyone who divorces his wife must give her a certificate of divorce. But I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, makes her the victim of adultery, and anyone who marries a divorced woman commits adultery.” (Matthew 5:31-32, Matthew 19:9, Mark 10:11, Luke 16:18)

Paul tells us this “on marriage”: To the married I give this command (not I, but the Lord): A wife must not separate from her husband. But if she does, she must remain unmarried or else be reconciled to her husband. And a husband must not divorce his wife.” (1 Corinthians 7:10-11, 39)

Note: We are a “Holy People” unto the Lord and we are not allowed to marry a “Divorced” person. This is the command, which Jesus gave to all His followers to obey. To go against what GOD has commanded…Means we will have to be judged for all our sins and our disobedience against Him. “…Without holiness NO ONE will see the Lord.” (Hebrews 12:14, Ephesians 1:4, 1 Peter 1:15-16, 2 Peter 3:11)

The Bible Says:  “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether GOOD OR BAD.” (2 Corinthians 5:10)

King Salomon tells us this: “Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: FEAR GOD AND KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS, for this is the duty of all mankind. For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil.” (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14)

 
On giving our word (“Oaths”) Jesus says this:

“Let your “YES’ be “YES” and your “NO be NO; anything beyond this comes from the evil one.” (Matthew 5:33-37)

 
On the topic of  “An Eye For An Eye” Jesus says:

You have heard that it was said, 'Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.' But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well. If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles. Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.” (Matthew 5:38-42)

 Jesus tells us to “Love Our Enemies”

"You have heard that it was said, 'Love your neighbor  and hate your enemy.' But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” (Matthew 5:43-48)

 
Note:  We are told by our Lord Jesus “To LOVE Our Enemies”…It’s NOT up to us to take “Revenge” on anyone nor take matters into our own hands…DO NOT TAKE REVENGE, my dear friends, but leave room for God's wrath, for it is written: "It is mine to avenge; I WILL REPAY," says the Lord.”… “On the contrary: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.” (Romans 12:19-21, John 13:34-35, 1 John 4:7, 4:11-12)

 Jesus teaches us NOT announce our “Acts of righteousness” to impress or to get praises from others:

BE CAREFUL NOT to practice your righteousness in front of others to be SEEN by them.  If you do, you will have NO reward from your Father in heaven. "So when you give to the needy, DO NOT ANNOUNCE it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” (Matthew 6:1-4)

The Bible says: 

“If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, HOW CAN THE LOVE OF GOD be that person?” (1 John 3:17)


Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the LORD, and He will REWARD THEM for what they have done.” (Proverbs 19:17)

Note: The ONLY one we need to impress when we help others is God himself. We should keep our giving between us and God.

Jesus teaches on prayer, “The wrong way and the right way to pray”:

“And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

“This, then, is how you should pray: " 'Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.” (Matthew 6:5-13) Amen!

 Jesus teaches on the proper way to “Fasting”

“When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show others they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that it will not be obvious to others that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” (Matthew 6:16-18) The more we fast the stronger our walk with the Lord will be.

Jesus tell us NOT to be storing earthly treasures…The world runs after those things (Material things) BUT we are suppose to be storing our treasures in Heaven. Where it really counts:

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. (Watch This…Don’t Miss It!!!) “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” … “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You CANNOT serve both God and money. (Matthew 6:19-24)

The Bible tells us: “DO NOT love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is NOT in them.” (1 John 2:15)

James tells us this: “When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures. You adulterous people, DON’T YOU KNOW that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God. (James 4:3-4)

Note: The number one priority in any Christian person’s life should be to “Seek the kingdom of God FIRST”, and NOT last or when we get around to it. If Jesus is the real LORD of our lives we will show it by obeying His commands.  (John 14:15, 21, 23-24)

Jesus also tells us NOT to worry about our daily needs...Because God the father knows what we need ahead of time and He will take care of us. When we PUT God FIRST, then ALL our needs will be met! (Matthew 6:33)

Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? "And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (Matthew 6:25-34)

Note:  We MUST have the child like “Faith” that God will completely meet all our needs, when we do what He commands FIRST. (Matthew 6:33, Mark 10:15, Luke 18:17, Philippians 4:19)

This next “Topic” is one we probably don’t hear much teachings on in our churches…But the Lord tells us, that we will be “Judge” in the same way we “Judge” others…

Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. "Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, 'Let me take the speck out of your eye,' when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye.” (Matthew 7:1-5)

Paul says this, on this topic of judging others: “You, therefore, HAVE NO EXCUSE, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge another, you are CONDEMNING YOURSELF,  because you who pass judgment DO THE SAME THINGS. Now we know that God's judgment against those who do such things is based on truth. So when you, a mere human being, pass judgment on them and yet do the same things, do you think you will ESCAPE God's judgment?” (Romans 2:1-3)

Note: We’re always quick to see and point out the faults we find in others… But we NEVER see our own faults and shortcomings. Ask the “Holy Spirit” to remove anything in your life that hinders your walk with the Lord. No sin is worth losing your place in Heaven. (Revelation 2:5)

Jesus just wants us to “Love One Another” and to treat everyone in the same way we ourselves want to be treated… So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 7:12)

 Jesus teaches us to NEVER give up in coming to Him in prayer for the things that we need:
Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. "Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! (Matthew 7:7-11)

In conclusion, if we DO NOT heed Jesus Teachings and we DO NOT apply or obey them…Then we CANNOT be surprised when on judgment day, He tells us,I NEVER KNEW YOU, AWAY FROM ME YOU EVIL DOERS” (Matthew 7:23)

Study Christ teachings always and obey them…Because our Lord says:Anyone who loves me WILL OBEY MY TEACHINGS. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. Anyone who DOES NOT LOVE ME WILL NOT obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.” (John 14:23-24, John 14:15, 21)  Our actions will ALWAYS speak louder than our words!

Note: Obeying Christ teachings is going down “the narrow road”… It is building our house on “The Rock” (Which is Christ Jesus our Lord!) (Matthew 7:13-27) THE CHOICE IS ALWAYS OURS TO MAKE BUT NO CHOICE GOES WITHOUT ITS CONCEQUENCES.

The BIBLE Says:

Anyone who DOES NOT LISTEN to him (Jesus Christ) will be completely cut off from their people.” (Acts 3:23) Anyone who obeys the Lord teachings will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. (2 Peter 1:5-11)
 
 
Watch And Pray, Friends! Jesus is returning soon!

 
GOD BLESS YOU ALL NOW & ALWAYS,
YOUR FRIEND,
VICKY RIVERA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday, August 17, 2013

JESUS NEVER SAID IT WAS GOING TO BE EASY!

JESUS NEVER SAID IT WAS GOING TO BE EASY!

Jesus Says: "Very truly I tell you, NO SERVANT IS GREATER THAN HIS MASTER, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent Him." (John 13:16)

The Christian life is NOT an easy one to live. The world, your family, your friends, will NOT always like or accept that you have chosen to live your life for Christ (Galatians 2:20).  As a matter of fact, Jesus said that the world will hate you (Us) for following Him. Jesus said: "If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, YOU DO NOT BELONG TO THE WORLD, but I have CHOSEN YOU out of the world. That is WHY the world HATES YOU." (John 15:18-19)

The closer we get to Jesus, the more we spend time with Him in prayer and Bible studies, the more we will act and be like Jesus. Being like Him means we are going to gain many enemies in the world because we will be acting and speaking like He did. (1 John 2:6) Being like Jesus means a lot of people are going to feel convicted around us as they did when Jesus was here on earth. This is what Jesus told his brothers for the reasons the world hated Him... "The world cannot hate you, but it hates me because I testify that its works are evil." (John 7:7) Friends, there's no way around this one...People are going to hate us because we testify as Jesus did that how they live and what they do is evil.

The real Christ like person is a surprise to many people, in that we don't join the world in living "for self", but it's because the Bible teaches us to live differently from the world. The "Holy Scriptures" tells us, to live and conduct ourselves as Christ did while we wait for His to return back to the earth. This is what it says:

Peter tells us:

"Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because whoever suffers in the body is done with sin. (WATCH THIS...DON'T MISS IT!) As a result, they do not live the rest of their earthly lives for evil human desires, but rather for the will of God.For you have spent enough time in the past doing what pagans choose to do—living in debauchery, lust, drunkenness, orgies, carousing and detestable idolatry. "They are SURPRISED that you do not join them in their reckless, wild living, and they HEAP ABUSE ON YOU. But they will have to give account to him WHO IS READY TO JUDGE the living and the dead." (1 Peter 4:1-5)

Paul tells us this:

"For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. (WATCH THIS...DON'T MISS IT!) IT TEACHES US TO SAY "NO" to ungodliness and worldly passions, and TO LIVE self-controlled, upright and GODLY lives in this present age, WHILE WE WAIT FOR THE BLESSED HOPE—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good." (Titus 2:11-14)

Peter tells us again in 2 Peter:

"So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO BE FOUND SPOTLESS, BLAMELESS AND AT PEACE WITH HIM (Jesus Christ). (2 Peter 3:14) This life that we live for Christ is a 24/7- 365 days commitment and devotion to our Savior and Jesus is completely worth it, my friends! The Bible says: "GOD IS NOT UNJUST; HE WILL NOT FORGET YOUR WORK AND THE LOVE YOU HAVE SHOWN HIM..." (Hebrews 6:10

John tells us this:

"And now, dear children, continue in Him, (WATCH THIS... DON'T MISS IT!) SO THAT WHEN HE APPEARS we may be CONFIDENT and UNASHAMED before Him AT HIS COMING. If you know that he is righteous, you know that everyone who does what is right has been born of him." (1 John 2:28-29)

Note: People may think we're strange for not living like them in this world but we are commanded in the "Holy Scriptures" to live holy, spotless, righteous and blameless lives in this world. Jesus already told us "If we "LOVE HIM" we will OBEY what He commands. (John 14:15, 21, 23-24, John 15:14, Luke 6:46)

The BIBLE Says:

"We know that we have come to know him if we keep his commands. WHOEVER says, "I know him," BUT DOES NOT DO what he commands is a LIAR, and the truth is NOT in that person. But if anyone obeys his word, love for God is truly made complete in them. This is how we know we are in him: WHOEVER CLAIMS TO LIVE IN HIM MUST LIVE AS JESUS DID." (1 John 2:3-6)

Note: WE ARE LIVING FOR CHRIST AND NOT FOR OURSELVES..."FOR YOU DIED, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. WHEN CHRIST, WHO IS YOUR LIFE, APPEARS, then you also will appear with Him in glory." (Colossians 3:3-4)  Another scripture that shows we are "Living4Christ!" and NOT for Ourselves...."I HAVE BEEN CRUCIFIED WITH CHRIST AND I NO LONGER LIVE, BUT CHRIST LIVES IN ME. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me." (Galatians 2:20) Amen!!!

Those that DO NOT heed the Bible's warning to live a holy, spotless, blameless, righteous life in this world will be the ones that will hear from Jesus on judgment day "I NEVER KNEW YOU. AWAY FROM ME, YOU EVIL DOERS!" (Matthew 7:23)

Friends, TIME IS SHORT!!!  Be faithful...Be an overcomer in Jesus name! DO NOT let ANYTHING or ANYONE stray you from the righteous path... Soon we will see "THE KING OF GLORY COMING IN THE CLOUDS" (Revelation 1:7, Acts 1:11, 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18)  Amen! 

"THE END OF ALL THINGS IS NEAR. Therefore be ALERT and of  SOBER MIND so that you may PRAY." (1 Peter 4:7)






THE WORLD MAY HATE YOU BUT JESUS LOVES YOU AND I LOVE YOU...."WATCH & PRAY", MY FRIENDS!

GOD BLESS YOU ALL NOW & ALWAYS!
YOUR FRIEND,
VICKY RIVERA


Saturday, July 27, 2013

WHO ARE YOU BEHAVING LIKE?

                                          WHO ARE YOU BEHAVING LIKE?



As born again believers/followers of Christ, We CANNOT conform to the way the world lives and acts. We are shown through "The Holy Scriptures" That We MUST UNLEARN The bad behavior that we picked up while living in this world WITHOUT Christ in our lives. WE MUST be like Christ in ALL that we do and NOT be overcome with evil but overcome evil with good, As GOD tells us to do! (Romans 12:1-21, 1 Peter 1:14, Isaiah 1:16-17, John 5:14, John 8:11, 1 Peter 3:9, Colossians 3:7-17, 23-25, 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, 1 Corinthians 15:34, Galatians 5:14-26)
 

Note: As followers of Christ it MUST BE DEEPLY EMBEDDED in our being that "TWO WRONGS WILL NEVER MAKE A RIGHT TO A HOLY GOD!"...We're living for Christ and NOT for ourselves. (Ephesians 1:4, Hebrews 12:14, 1 Peter 1:15-16)

"DO YOU NOT KNOW that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? YOU ARE NOT YOUR OWN; you were BOUGHT at a price. Therefore HONOR God with your bodies." (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)

BE DOERS OF THE WORD OF GOD AND ALWAYS WALK IN LOVE! DO THINGS GOD'S WAY BECAUSE REAL LOVE... DOES CHANGE PEOPLE! (James 1:22, 1 John 4:7-12, John 8:31, 13:35)

The BIBLE Says: "If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I GAIN NOTHING.  LOVE is patient, love is kind. It DOES NOT envy, it DOES NOT boast, it is NOT proud.  It DOES NOT dishonor others, it is NOT self-seeking, it is NOT EASILY angered, it keeps NO RECORD of wrongs.  Love DOES NOT DELIGHT in evil BUT REJOICES with the truth.  It ALWAYS protects, ALWAYS trusts, ALWAYS hopes, ALWAYS perseveres. LOVE NEVER  FAILS." (1 Corinthians 13:3-8)

The Bible also teaches us to: "Bless those who persecute you; BLESS and DO NOT CURSE..."(Romans 12:14) "DO NOT REPAY EVIL WITH EVIL OR INSULT FOR INSULT..." (1 Peter 3:9)


Friends, spend time with God daily, the closer we get to Jesus, the more we WILL BE and ACT like Him. (1 John 2:6) Jesus is returning soon and we must be His faithful "stuarts"/ A ready bride at ALL times... Jesus says: "So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.... "It will be GOOD for that servant whose master finds him doing so when he returns." (Matthew 24:44, 46, Luke 12:40, 43)

"FOLLOW MY EXAMPLE, AS I FOLLOW THE EXAMPLE OF CHRIST." (1 Corinthians 11:1)


GOD BLESS YOU ALL NOW AND ALWAYS,
YOUR FRIEND,
VICKY RIVERA









 
 

Monday, June 17, 2013

RUN!!!


                                                                     RUN!


TIME IS RUNNING OUT, FRIENDS!!! LIVE FOR JESUS WHILE THERE'S STILL TIME TO DO SO- DO WHAT'S RIGHT IN GOD'S EYES BEFORE ITS TOO LATE! JESUS WILL RETURN FOR THOSE THAT OBEY HIS COMMANDS, FOR THOSE WHO ARE WATCHING & PRAYING! JESUS WILL RETURN... FOR HIS FAITHFUL SERVANTS-WHO ARE SPOTLESS AND BLAMELESS IN HIM. (1 John 2:6, Isaiah 1:16-17, John 14:1-3, Matthew 25:10, 2 Peter 3:14, Matthew 26:41, Mark 14:38, Luke 21:36, John 14:15, 21, 23-24)~READY OR NOT.."THE KING OF GLORY IS RETURNING SOON" ~RUN FROM THOSE WHO ARE NOT TEACHING U TO LIVE FOR CHRIST, WHO DO NOT TEACH U TO LIVE THE HOLY & RIGHTEOUS LIFE. RUN!!!!!!!!
 


Jesus Says: "NOT EVERYONE WHO SAYS TO ME, LORD, LORD, WILL ENTER THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN, BUT ONLY THE ONE WHO DOES THE WILL OF MY FATHER WHO IS IN HEAVEN. MANY WILL SAY TO ME ON THAT DAY, 'LORD, LORD, DID WE NOT PROPHESY IN YOUR NAME AND IN YOUR NAME DRIVE OUT DEMONS AND IN YOUR NAME PERFORM MANY MIRACLES?" THEN I WILL TELL THEM PLAINLY, ' I NEVER KNEW YOU. AWAY FROM ME, YOU EVILDOERS!" (Matthew 7:21-23) LIVE The Holy & Righteous Life! WATCH & PRAY, MY FRIENDS!

 

GOD BLESS U ALL NOW & ALWAYS
YOUR FRIEND,
VICKY RIVERA

Monday, June 10, 2013

BE A BLESSING TO SOMEONE IN NEED!

                                     BE A BLESSING TO SOMEONE IN NEED!


The BIBLE Says: "SUPPOSE a brother or a sister is WITHOUT clothes and DAILY food. If one of you says to them, "GO in peace; KEEP warm and WELL fed," but does NOTHING about their physical needs, WHAT GOOD IS IT? In the same way, FAITH BY ITSELF, IF IT IS NOT ACCOMPANIED BY ACTION IS DEAD."~"AS THE BODY WITHOUT THE SPIRIT IS DEAD, SO FAITH WITHOUT DEEDS IS DEAD."~(James 2:15-17, 26)

Note: When the opportunity presents itself for us to be a blessing to someone in need-We should not let it go by, without us doing something about their need. This is when ACTIONS will speak LOUDER than our words...Our Opportunity to display the love, mercy and compassion of Christ..."Therefore, AS WE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY, LET US DO GOOD TO ALL PEOPLE, ESPECIALLY to those who belong to the family of believers." (Galatians 6:10)

BE A BLESSING TO SOMEONE TODAY...LOVING GOD AND LOVING PEOPLE, IT IS WHAT PLEASES OUR LORD! (Matthew 22:37-40, Mark 12:29-31, Luke 10:27, Romans 13:9, Galatians 5:14, James 2:8)

Jesus Says: "By this EVERYONE will know that YOU ARE my disciples, IF YOU LOVE ONE ANOTHER." (John 13:35)





GOD BLESS YOU ALL NOW & ALWAYS
YOUR FRIEND,
VICKY RIVERA

Thursday, June 6, 2013

WHAT DO WE DO WHILE WE WAIT FOR THE RETURN OF CHRIST?!


   WHAT DO WE DO WHILE WE WAIT FOR THE RETURN OF CHRIST?!

 
As we look and see ALL the things that are happening in the world today…It’s evident that we’re living in the last days and that we are the generation that will see the soon return of Christ. Jesus has already told us in the Holy Scriptures what to look out for (“The Signs” that He would give to us-See Matthew Ch. 24, Luke 21:5-36) that would indicate His return back to the earth. As soon as we see all those things that Jesus spoke about happening in the world…We are told by Christ to “Look up, because our redemption is drawing near.” (Matthew 24:33, Luke 21:28-31)  Friends, we MUST always be READY because we NEVER KNOW when the Trumpet call of GOD will sound. (Matthew 24:31, 42, Luke 21:36, 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17)

 

"WHAT DO WE DO WHILE WE WAIT FOR THE RETURN OF CHRIST?!"


Let’s see what the BIBLE says on what we should be doing as followers of Christ while we wait for “OUR BLESSED HOPE” …

 
Paul tells us: “…TO SAY "NO" to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to LIVE self-controlled, upright and GODLY LIVES in this present age, WHILE WE WAIT FOR THE BLESSED HOPE—THE APPEARING of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, EAGER TO DO WHAT IS GOOD.” (Titus 2:12-14)

 
Peter says this to us: “But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare. Since everything will be destroyed in this way, “WHAT KIND OF PEOPLE OUGHT YOU TO BE? You ought to LIVE HOLY AND GODLY LIVES as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to A NEW HEAVEN AND THE NEW EARTH, where righteousness dwells. So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him… “Therefore, dear friends, SINCE YOU HAVE BEEN FOREWARNED, be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the error of the lawless and FALL from your secure position. BUT GROW in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.”~ (2 Peter 3:10-14, 17-18)

 
Note: We who have been saved by His GRACE MUST turn away from wickedness and “LIVE self-controlled, upright and GODLY LIVES in this present age…” (Titus 2:12), while we wait for the Lord’s return. We are NOT to be enticed by worldly passions or have anything to do with things that are sinful. The BIBLE says: "Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord MUST turn away from wickedness."~ (2 Timothy 2:19)

 
If we DO NOT heed the Bible warnings to stay away from sinful desires and we continue in our sins even though the Bible teaches us to stay away from them…Then we cannot be too surprised when the Lord tells us “Depart from me you evil doers” instead of hearing “Welcome to my Fathers kingdom.” (Matthew 7:21-23, Matthew 25:34, 41) Obedience to the Lord’s commands is a MUST for ALL of us who call on the name of the Lord. Jesus says: "If you love me, keep my commands. (John 14:15, 21, 23-24, Ch. 15:10, 14)  

There’s no half stepping when it comes to obeying the Lord and His commandments...We have to continue, to daily strive for godly and holy living, it must be a constant devotion and commitment on our part…If Heaven is the place where we want to spend eternity.

 
The Apostle John tells us this:

This is how we know that we love the children of God: BY LOVING GOD AND CARRYING OUT HIS COMMANDS. In fact, this is love for God: TO KEEP his commands. And his commands ARE NOT burdensome…” (1 John 5:2-4)

 
Note: We are told over and over again through out The Holy Scriptures to obey the Lord and to carry out His commands. Jesus has to take supremacy in our everyday life in order for us to have success in living the “Christ-like” life. (1 John 2:6) Jesus tells us that “Apart from Him we can do NOTHING.” (John 15:5) Spend time with Him daily in prayer and Bible studies/reading…Jesus will empower you to live the godly and holy life, if you just seek Him daily. Ask the Lord to help you and to teach you to live for Him. (Matthew 6:33, Matthew 7:7-11, James 4:2)

DO NOT put yourself in any situation where you know you’re going to fail God…  Do not be misled: "BAD company CORRUPTS good character." (1 Corinthians 15:33) Take an inventory in your life and get rid of everything that hinders your walk with the Lord… “LET US THROW OFF EVERYTHING THAT HINDERS AND THE SIN THAT SO EASILY ENTANGLES. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, FIXING OUR EYES ON JESUS, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. (Hebrews 12:1-2, James 1:21-22, 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, Colossians 3:8-10, Matthew 13:41-42, Ephesians 4:31-32, Ephesians 5:1-10, Galatians 5:13-26,)  Remember friends… Without holiness NO ONE will see the Lord.” (Hebrews 12:14)

 
The Bible Says:We know that ANYONE BORN OF GOD DOES NOT CONTINUE TO SIN; the One who was born of God keeps them safe, and the evil one cannot harm them.” (1 John 5:18) If we truly have been born again- According to the Bible we would NOT be (Purposefully and willfully) sinning… “NO ONE WHO LIVES IN HIM (Jesus Christ) KEEPS ON SINNING. NO ONE WHO CONTINUES TO SIN HAS EITHER SEEN HIM OR KNOWN HIM.” (1 John 3:6)

 
Note: If you have been unfaithful to the Lord…Now is the time to repent of your sins and confess them to HimIf we confess our sins, HE is faithful and just and will FORGIVE us our sins and purify us from ALL unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9) Jesus is returning soon…NOTHING in this world is worth losing your salvation!  

 
As we wait for the soon return of Christ we must also be watching and praying  24/7, just as the “wise virgins” in Matthew 25:10 were- “…Make every effort to be FOUND SPOTLESS, BLAMELESS and at peace with Him.” (2 Peter 3:14) Jesus says: “SO YOU ALSO MUST BE READY, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when YOU DO NOT EXPECT HIM (Matthew 24:44, Luke 12:40) Friends, keep on "Watching & Praying"Because the King of Glory will soon appear.

 

Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—CONTINUE TO WORK OUT YOUR SALVATION WITH FEAR AND TREMBLING, for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.” (Philippians 2:12-13)

 

GOD BLESS YOU ALL NOW & ALWAYS
YOUR FRIEND,
VICKY RIVERA

Sunday, May 5, 2013

WE ARE TRULY LIVING IN THE LAST DAYS!

                                    WE ARE TRULY LIVING IN THE LAST DAYS!


Jesus Says: "Nation will go to war against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. THERE WILL BE GREAT EARTHQUAKES, and there will be FAMINES and PLAGUES in many lands, and there will be TERRIFYING THINGS and GREAT miraculous SIGNS from Heaven..."And there will be STRANGE SIGNS in the sun, moon, and stars. And here on earth the nations will be in turmoil, perplexed by the roaring seas and strange tides. PEOPLE WILL BE TERRIFIED AT WHAT THEY SEE COMING UPON THE EARTH, for the powers in the Heavens will be shaken. THEN EVERYONE will see the Son of Man (Jesus Christ) coming on a cloud with power and great glory."~(Luke 21:10-11, 25-28)~"So when ALL these things begin to happen, stand and look up, for your salvation is NEAR!"

My Friends, we are truly living in the last days...Everything that Jesus told us to look out for (The signs) is happening right before our eyes daily. Please take a moment and watch this prophecy news video: "EARTHQUAKE MINDSHAKE", end time bible prophecy update 2013.

Jesus is NOT a man that He should lie and He's returning for His bride very soon. Always be ready friends-Keep watch...Because our King can appear at ANYTIME..."LOOK! He (Jesus Christ) comes with the clouds of heaven. And EVERYONE will see HIM— even those who pierced him. And all the nations of the world will mourn for him. Yes! Amen!"~(Revelation 1:7, Numbers 23:19, 1 Samuel 15:29, Matthew 24:35, Mark 13:31, Luke 21:33, Titus 1:2, 1 Thessalonians 4:17)~...PEOPLE GET READY-SOON WE'LL BE GOING HOME!!! WATCH & PRAY, MY FRIENDS...

GOD BLESS YOU ALL NOW AND ALWAYS
YOUR FRIEND,
VICKY RIVERA




Wednesday, April 24, 2013

DISPLAY THE LOVE OF CHRIST DAILY!

                                DISPLAY THE LOVE OF CHRIST DAILY!
 
 
Jesus says: “If you love me, you will obey what I command.” The Lord tells us if we truly love Him like we say we do, we will NOT be judging others! (Matthew 7:1), we would treat people the way that we would like to be treated! (Matthew 7:12), we would love and pray for our enemies and we would pray for those who persecute us! (Matthew 5:43-44), we would spend time in talking with Jesus (Quality Time) in prayer! (Matthew 6:6) And we definitely wouldn't be purposefully and willfully be sinning either (John 8:11, Galatians 6:7-8, 1 John 3:9-10). We would be loving and caring for our fellow man as Christ Jesus has commanded us to do. (Matthew 5:42, John 13:34) There are many more Scriptures in the Bible that teaches us, that if we truly love the Lord, we would show it by our actions! The Bible Says: "Whoever says, "I know Him (Jesus Christ)," BUT DOES NOT DO what HE commands is a liar, and the truth is NOT in that person..."Whoever claims to live in him MUST LIVE AS JESUS DID."~(1 John 2:4,6)

Display the LOVE of Christ In ALL That You Do And..."By this EVERYONE will know that you are MY DISCIPLES (Jesus Disciples), if you love one another."~(John 13:35)


GOD BLESS YOU ALL NOW AND ALWAYS
YOUR FRIEND,
VICKY RIVERA
 
 
 
 
 

Sunday, March 17, 2013

STUDY THE WORD OF GOD DAILY!

STUDY THE WORD OF GOD DAILY!


Friends, It's Imperative For All Who Claim To Know And Love Jesus---To Have A Daily Lifestyle Of Obedience To Our Lord---If We Want To Inherit Eternal Life (Heaven)! (2 Timothy 2:19, Hebrews 10:26-27, 1 Peter 2:16, 2 Peter 3:11-14, 1 John 2:4, 6, 1 John 3:4-10,  31, Jude 1:4)


Note: God Has Given Us, Through His Holy Word "The Instructions" That We Need To Live A Holy, Godly And Righteous Life Here On Earth...And We MUST Commit And Devote Ourselves To Studying The Word Of God Daily. Living Our Lives According To The Word Of God... Jesus Said: "Blessed rather are those WHO HEAR the word of God AND OBEY IT." (Luke 11:28, John 14:15, 21, 23-24, 1 Corinthians 7:19, James 1:22, 1 John 5:2-3)


The Bible Says:

"Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is the duty of all mankind. FOR GOD WILL BRING EVERY DEED INTO JUDGMENT, INCLUDING EVERY HIDDEN THING, WHETHER IT IS GOOD OR EVIL."~(Ecclesiastes 12:13-14)

Jesus says: "It will be GOOD FOR THOSE SERVANTS whose master FINDS THEM READY, even if he comes in the middle of the night or toward daybreak... "YOU ALSO MUST BE READY, because the Son of Man will come at an hour WHEN YOU DO NOT expect Him." (Luke 12:38, 40)

STAY ALERT, BE READY AND ALWAYS BE ON THE WATCH AND PRAY...OUR SAVIOR CAN SHOW UP AT ANYTIME...



GOD BLESS YOU ALL NOW AND ALWAYS
YOUR FRIEND,
VICKY RIVERA

Saturday, March 16, 2013

STAY ON THE NARROW ROAD

                                                      STAY ON THE NARROW ROAD


The Bible Says:

"WHOEVER claims to live in him MUST LIVE as Jesus did." (1 John 2:6, Hebrews 12:14)→If We Keep Ignoring The Bible Exhortations In Living A Lifestyle Of Holiness & Righteous Living...Then We CAN'T Seriously Be Surprised When The Lord Tells Us..."I NEVER KNEW YOU. AWAY FROM ME, YOU EVIL DOERS!"~(Matthew 7:23)...


 
"All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness..." (2 Timothy 3:16)
 
GOD BLESS YOU ALL NOW AND ALWAYS
YOUR FRIEND,
VICKY RIVERA
 

Monday, January 7, 2013

YOU’RE FORGIVEN!


                                                  YOU’RE FORGIVEN!

 
I have had this question asked before: “How do I know God has forgiven me?”  “How do I know I’m saved?  I don’t feel forgiven or saved?” So, I’ve decided to write this teaching just in case there’s someone out there who’s wondering the same things and are asking these same questions.

 
Friends, we have to go to the TRUTH of the Word of God to get these questions and ALL fears and doubts removed. Our feelings and emotions come and go, they change constantly, today we feel and say this and that and tomorrow is another thing. So we’re NOT going to go on our feelings today…We are going to turn to the “Word Of God” for our answers.

 
1-How Do I Know I’m Forgiven?

In Ezekiel, The LORD says, this….

"But if a wicked man (Watch This… Don’t Miss It!) TURNS AWAY FROM ALL THE SINS he has committed and keeps all my decrees AND DOES what is just and right, he will surely live; he will not die. "NONE OF THE OFFENSES” he has committed will be REMEMBERED AGAINST HIM. Because of the righteous things he has done, he will live.”~ (Ezekiel 18:21-22)

 
Note: WOW!!! I believe this is GREAT NEWS, don’t you? Now that you know what the word of GOD says, say GOOD-BYE once and for ALL to those false feelings and dismiss those fears, that God will bring up all your sins on judgment day. The LORD says, if we turn from our sins and do what is just and right and we follow Him and His teachings…We are completely forgiven and we are made NEW! (2 Corinthians 5:17) NONE, I Repeat NONE, of our sins and offenses will be remembered by GOD, EVER! "For I will FORGIVE their wickedness and WILL REMEMBER THEIR SINS NO MORE.” (Jeremiah 31:34, Hebrews 8:12, 10:17)

 

2- How Do I Know I’m Saved? I Don’t Feel Forgiven Or Saved?

 
In The book of Romans it tells us this, concerning this question….

“That if you “CONFESS” with your mouth, "JESUS IS LORD," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, YOU WILL BE SAVED. For it is with YOUR heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with YOUR mouth that you CONFESS AND ARE SAVED. As the Scripture says, "ANYONE” who trusts in him will NEVER be put to shame."… FOR, "Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved."~(Romans 10:9-11, 13)

 
Note: God makes it very simple for anyone who wants to be saved…The Holy Scriptures says “If we confess with our mouth, JESUS IS LORD," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, YOU WILL BE SAVED.”(Romans 10:9) It is the Word of GOD that we have to believe and stand on and NOT on our emotions or feelings. Believe in the word of the Lord, my friends. If God said it, then, that’s the way is going to be and you are saved according to Romans 10:9-11, 13. FOR, "Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord WILL BE SAVED.”


BUT let me give you all a warning… If we turn to the old way of living and go back to living a sinful lifestyle…This is what THE LORD says:

 
“BUT IF A RIGHTEOUS MAN TURNS FROM his righteousness and commits sin and does the same detestable things the wicked man does, WILL HE LIVE? NONE of the righteous things he has done WILL BE REMEMBERED. (Watch This…Don’t Miss It!!) Because of "THE UNFAITHFULNESS" HE IS GUILTY of and because of the SINS HE HAS COMMITTED, HE WILL DIE.”… If a righteous man turns from his righteousness and “COMMITS SIN”, HE WILL DIE FOR IT; because of the sin he has committed he will die.” (Ezekiel 18:24, 26)~HEAVEN won’t be the place of eternity for ANYONE who lives a sinful life!

 
Watch Jesus REPEAT this same exhortation and warnings to ALL of us:

 
“The Son of Man (Jesus Christ) will send out HIS ANGELS, (Watch This…Don’t Miss It!) AND THEY WILL WEED OUT of His kingdom “EVERYTHING THAT CAUSES SIN AND ALL WHO DO EVIL.” They will THROW THEM INTO THE FIERY FURNACE, where there WILL BE weeping and gnashing of teeth.”~(Matthew 13:41-42)~ Remember, Jesus is NOT a man that HE should LIE! (Numbers 23:19, 1 Samuel 15:29, Titus 1:2)  If Jesus gives us these warnings and we still continue to sin then the “Fiery Furnace” awaits us and NOT Heaven!

 
Jesus says:

“IF YOUR RIGHT EYE CAUSES YOU TO SIN, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be “THROWN INTO HELL.” AND IF YOUR RIGHT HAND CAUSES YOU TO SIN, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your WHOLE BODY TO GO INTO HELL.”~(Matthew 5:29-30)

 
Note: This means GETTING RID OF/ PUTTING TO DEATH, “EVERYTHING” that causes us to sin against our GOD…NOTHING in this world is worth losing your salvation, NOTHING! The choice is “ALWAYS” ours to make. (Colossians 3:1-10) “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23) Please read the whole chapter of Romans 6… “FOR SIN SHALL NOT be your master, because you are not under law, BUT under GRACE.” (Romans 6:14, Ezekiel 18:30-32)

 
Jesus means what HE says… We are commanded to live “Holy and Godly lives” in this present age and we better heed the warnings, if we want to enter Heaven. Peter tells us this: “Since everything will be destroyed in this way, WHAT KIND OF PEOPLE OUGHT YOU TO BE? You ought to “LIVE HOLY AND GODLY LIVES…” (2 Peter 3:11, Titus 2:12, Romans 12:1)

 

Let me show you what Paul tells the Church Of Ephesus:

 
“BE IMITATORS OF GOD, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. (Watch This… Don’t Miss It!) BUT AMONG YOU there MUST NOT be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, BECAUSE THESE ARE IMPROPER FOR GOD’S HOLY PEOPLE. NOR should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving. (Here it Comes Now… Don’t Miss It!) FOR OF THIS YOU CAN BE SURE: NO immoral, impure or greedy person--such a man is an idolater—"HAS ANY INHERITANCE" in the kingdom of Christ and of God."~(Ephesians 5:5)
 
Note: With this statement Paul is GUARANTEEING US; that anyone who lives this kind of life (the sinful life) “WILL NOT INHERIT THE KINGDOM OF GOD”For of this you can be sure: NO immoral, impure or greedy person--such a man is an idolater--has ANY inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.” (Ephesians 5:5)  See Also: (Matthew 13:40-42, Galatians 5:19-21, Colossians 3:1-17, 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, Revelation 21:27, 22:15)


Friends, when JESUS says: “YOU’RE FORGIVEN!”  You’re truly and completely forgiven BUT we “MUST ALSO BE” diligent and faithful in “OBEYING” the Lord, and following His commandments to enter Heaven. (John 14:15, 21, 23-24) NEVER tire of doing good…“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” (Galatians 6:9)

 

 
GOD BLESS YOU ALL NOW AND ALWAYS
YOUR FRIEND,
VICKY RIVERA