I want to be a soul winner even for the “lost” righteous. Does that make sense? Yea, it does, because there are many who think they are righteous, they think they are saved. They think their salvation is in tact. But its not. They think they have a license to sin. One needs to repent.
What they don’t know, is any kind of sin, separates us from God.
BEHOLD THE LORDS HAND IS NOT SHORTENED, THAT IT CANNOT SAVE: NEITHER HIS EAR HEAVY, THAT IT CANNOT HEAR: BUT YOUR INIQUITIES HAVE SEPARATED BETWEEN YOU AND YOUR GOD, AND YOUR SINS HAVE HID HIS FACE FROM YOU, THAT HE WILL NOT HEAR. ISAIAH 59:1-2. KJV.
Lets look at this scripture in more detail. You pray, but you do not get answers. Why? We need to all ask ourselves that.
Look at that second sentence. It states; But your iniquities have separated between you and your God. Wow! That tells me, you gave your heart to Christ, believing you were saved. But your iniquities have separated you between you and your God. Your God! Look at it! So that tells me, you have sin, on your record. In the book of life.
Here, in Exodus 32:33 it tells us:
AND THE LORD SAID UNTO MOSES, WHOSOEVER HATH SINNED AGAINST ME, HIM WILL I BLOT OUT OF MY BOOK.
WOW, double Wow! That book the Lambs book of life, always determines if your name is written in blood, by the blood of Jesus. If you neglect it, abuse it, treat your salvation shabbily, then yea, your name can be removed. Blotted out. Look up that key word, in a King James. (another reason to promote the King James to find truth)
The thing is, and lately, I seem to be in a few of these battles with so called brothers and sisters in Christ, they debate it. They argue it, they bring up other scriptures, that try to contradict the truth, but it can be lost folks. Salvation can be taken away…..
There is no fear of God. To many. We are to work out our salvation, with fear and trembling. Fear of who? God Almighty, who holds the keys to heaven and earth.
WHEREFORE, MY BELOVED, AS YE HAVE ALWAYS OBEYED, NOT IN MY PRESENCE ONLY, BUT NOW MUCH MORE IN MY ABSENCE, WORK OUT YOUR OWN SALVATION WITH FEAR AND TREMBLING. Phillipians 2:12 KJV.
Many, have the misconception, that works don’t cut it. But it does. Work it out! Faith without works is dead.
FOR AS THE BODY WITHOUT THE SPIRIT IS DEAD, SO FAITH WITHOUT WORKS IS DEAD ALSO. JAMES 2:26.
A few days ago, I had an interesting conversation or battle with a man, who did not believe he could lose salvation. He went back and forth, in the conversation. But what I noticed was that he always made it about him. Or “I” of this, or that.
And I was trying to get him to see that, yes, salvation could be lost. But, I believed he was saved now, but he just could not grasp that, the conversation was also about others. He made it all about him, and thats what the devil did. Self, I, me, me, me….Thats dangerous, when we cannot see beyond me.
You see, those scriptures above talks about works. We are to work out our salvation with fear and trembling of God. But we are also commanded, to warn others. Works, is just telling someone, don’t take your salvation for granted.
Anyway, after much patience, because this guy was getting on my nerves, he realized, what I was trying to tell him. That it was not just about him, but about others, who may think their salvation is in tact, but they are lost, they are “Backsliders” and they are in spiritual jeopardy if they die, because they would have unrepented sin.
He finally admitted, and I am paraphrasing his words. “I was lost, then I was saved, then I was lost, and saved again. But now I know I am saved.”
Many, have the misconception, that because they were saved, that it guarantees salvation, even if they sin. And that is wrong, that is dangerous, and that is really a deception from the devil.
Look, I can say this as a testimony. I was saved at an early age. But I had no sense or value, of how precious my salvation was. So I sinned. If I had died, before I repented, I truly believe, I would have lost my salvation. Once saved is not always saved.
And its dangerous to believe that, or to influence others that it is safe.
We are called to warn one another. Ezekiel 33, and I ask please look at it from a King James. It tells us, about the righteous. And if he commits iniquity, all his righteousness, will be forgotten, and he will die.
Die! We are to have life eternally with Christ. Christ, died and abolished only the law of sin, and death.
So many have this misconception, that grace will cover it. That keeping the “law” of God is not necessary. That is so wrong, if God commands it, or even says it. It is LAW! Don’t question it, don’t reason it, don’t ponder on it. OBEY GODS LAW!
No. It only covers it, if you repent. If you have sinned. Do not misinterpret grace, or Gods goodness. He is not mocked.
When I was young, I was a soul winner. I have always tried to be a soul winner, but I believe God is directing me to try and save the righteous, who think they are saved, but are lost, because they do not know King James truth. They have no fear of God. They do not repent.
Its so sad, we have a battle, a big challenge, because so many are misled, misunderstanding, misinterpreting scripture, because they don’t use the truth, and the holiness of a King James bible.
It makes me sad.
In Ezekiel 33, that chapter I ask that you read, it tells us to warn people.
If we do we set ourselves free. I see it myself, the boldness, God gives me.
And though, my brothers and sisters think I am judging them, that is just a lie from the devil.
I tell them this truth, because I love them because Jesus loves them. Its not judging. Its warning. And warning is love. Just like Ezekiel 33 tells us to do.
Just my thoughts, but I want to be a soul winner, for the righteous, who are lost.
All I know, is if we clear the slate, by even daily repenting, we can ensure our salvation.
HOW TO HAVE FAITH IN YOUR PATIENCE
Have you ever met people, and they are inconsistent, and very apt to be impatient? They almost seem like a time bomb, ready to explode. To be honest, I stay away from people like that. I have watched a few people who cause me to take notice. They are not patient. They are not trustworthy.
They fly off the handle, they fume, they fuss, they have temper tantrums, and they slam doors, or whatever. But, your thinking gee, that person, is very impatient, to say the least. But it is a matter of patience. It is a matter of respect. Yes respect yourself, enough, not to lose control. Its a matter of self-control. But how can you gain that?
The greatest sense of self-control, one can have, is learning who Christ is. Taking on His attributes. Taking on the mind of Christ. Believe me, I know. You see, I had to learn who Christ was, so I could change. Before I knew Christ, I was a mess, to say the least.
And many times, we don’t know how to change. We don’t know how to let go and let God. To gain a better sense of self-control. To gain, a self confidence, and control to do things differently.
There are so many wrong examples, that we can learn from. But it takes real discipline, real commitment to God, to find out who you can be in Christ. To grow, to change. By seeking God. By learning, who Christ is, by taking His attributes. By praying, and yes reading holy word. I always recommend a KJV. You want the purity of holy word, not corrupted word.
Christ is the vine, we are the branches, you can get strength being on the vine with Christ. To change. If not you will become a broken branch that is tossed to the fire, that metaphor, is not only spiritually but physically. Broken people, are not healthy, spiritually or physically. Looking for crutches, in drugs, or people, or anything of substance to take away the pain. The frustration comes out by being impatient.
When it really could be a matter of self control, that comes from Christ. Christ does not want us to be dependent on anything but Him. This is why He is jealous. He is God almighty, and there is nothing like Him. Because He and only He can fulfill us. He knows this, in His own wisdom, that He longs to pass on to us. And…Give us a reason to live. Give us a sense of understanding, to live life more fully.
The fruit we receive being on that vine with Christ, shows to ourselves, and others, that with Christ, we gain so much more then eternal life, we get a sense of how to live that life. Patiently. Trusting Him.
Its not easy, but one can gain patience. One can gain a sense of peace, in any situation, because if you make Christ the ruler of your heart. You are making a decision, to surrender even your impatience to God, who wants to change you.
Trust God, friend. He knows the picture, He knows the beginning from the end. He can make that difference. No matter what your situation is, don’t give up, but patiently wait on the Lord. So you can learn patience.
Theres only one thing we take with us when we leave this world. Thats our soul, and Christ, will only receive a soul, that made the commitment, to accept Him as Lord and savior.
Does your soul reflect, you have made Him, Lord, and savior? In patience?
IN YOUR PATIENCE POSSESS YE YOUR SOUL. LUKE 21:19. KJV.
Just food for thought today. Blessings, and love, Elena Ramirez
I probably, could write a book on this. Rebuking. I have done enough fighting in my lifetime, physical and spiritual to know the tactics of the enemy.
And the many ways, we should learn to rebuke.
But, I will for now, just reserve that thought, until I get a prompting from God, or even my readers. Because I will not move until God gives me direction. I will not cast my pearls to swine, and I will not do something this great, without the anointing. I need to see the favor. I need to see, the plan of God, directing me, or even someone to give me a book deal. I need to see the anointing.
So I rebuke, the obstacles that get in the way of that, even here.
And I guess that leads me to write this, because so many of us as Christians, do not realize the authority, we have in rebuking. And I see it so clear lately.
We need to learn…But we need to teach ourselves, through the prompting of the Holy Spirit.
We can get lost, in our own battles, in our own way of thinking. If we do not utilize Christ as the way, the truth, and life.
Jesus did it. He rebuked.
AND JESUS REBUKED THE DEVIL: AND HE DEPARTED OUT OF HIM: AND THE CHILD WAS CURED FROM THAT VERY HOUR. Matthew 17:18 King James
And he taught us, that we have an authority in Jesus name. We have power from heaven above to speak things, into the natural atmosphere, but also into the supernatural atmosphere.
We can rebuke people, thoughts, and it just reminds me, that we do not always battle against flesh, and blood, but authorities in high places. But the enemy uses people. So rebuke someone, when it does not line up with the Holy word of God. I do more then ever! Courage….
But I briefly, want to touch on rebuking in our minds. You see the battle is in the mind. What you think is usually the outcome. And there is some negative thinking out there. Again, I remind you from a few previous posts, I wrote even here, beware of subliminal messages. They are all over. That try to inundate you, to make you feel powerless. People get some junk out there, and they think its true.
But does it line up with the Holy word, of a King James bible?
When you have battles in the mind, doubt creeps in. Fear comes in, IF you let it. Do you see that key word… “IF”?
Aren’t you tired of being sick and tired? Not seeing any progress. I am no longer going to be tired, I am going to do something about it, even if it is just in my mind. I am not going to give into defeat. I am not going to NOT believe, so I can make progress.
I am not going to believe reports. If my Bible says otherwise. I am not. My bible says, I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me, and I believe it.
I KNOW THAT I KNOW WHO GOD IS, AND I REBUKE THE DEVIL IN THE NAME OF JESUS, AND BY THE BLOOD OF JESUS I PLEAD!
You have to take captive these thoughts, whatever they may be. You must bring them to the obedience of Christ. You must if you want a victory…..
Get the mind of Christ….Not the worlds. Not another Christian leader, not some pawn of the enemy. Get the mind of Christ. But you have to go for it, discipline yourself, and stop being lazy.
I have faith, in God, truth is, I have not always have had faith in me. But the beginning is knowing who He is. Knowing He is not mocked. How just a little doubt can make you go without. So I rebuke, doubt.
I rebuke anything that tries to overwhelm me in my thinking. I rebuke it. I kick it away, like a tin can, and say, with the power of God, that tells me I can remove mountains be gone! This gives me confidence, because greater is He that is in me, then he that is in the world.
I am not going to give you a books worth of thought, but a seed here. Which again, may grow into a book. We will see…
But be mindful of your thoughts. Be mindful to claim holy King James word. Be mindful of your words, that stop the progress. Be mindful of how you treat people. Or even God….He is not mocked. He hates pride, but lifts up the humble. So be careful how you rebuke. Be careful love is in it….Love of God first!
Be mindful, to obey God, in your prayer, by knowing how to rebuke, remember, Christ told us, whatsoever we bind on earth, will be bound. Whatsoever we release in his name, will be released. When you are in that state of sadness, depression, defeat, whatever, rebuke it!
In the name of Jesus.
Start taking your authority. Be bold, be courageous, don’t wimp out! Don’t have a pity party! Pick yourself up by your boot straps, put on your armor of God, and rebuke in the name of Jesus! LEARN!
I humbly admit, I don’t know it all…but I know who God is. And I know, He can teach me, He has. But you have to want to learn. Stop walking around like a zombie. Stop, just accepting defeat, as the way. Its not the way of Christ…..
You have an assignment, look up King James scriptures on the word REBUKE. And then meditate on them, memorize them, gain strength, hide them in your heart for the time you need them…..
AND THE LORD SAID UNTO SATAN, THE LORD REBUKE THEE, O SATAN, EVEN THE LORD THAT HATH CHOSEN JERUSALEM REBUKE THEE; IS NOT THIS A BRAND PLUCKED OUT OF THE FIRE? ZECHARIAH 3:2 KING JAMES.
PREACH THE WORD; BE INSTANT IN SEASON, OUT OF SEASON, REPROVE, REBUKE, EXHORT WITH ALL LONGSUFFERING AND DOCTRINE. II TIMOTHY 4:2 KING JAMES.
AND DAVID WENT OUT TO MEET THEM, AND ANSWERED AND SAID UNTO THEM, IF YE BE COME PEACEABLY UNTO ME TO HELP ME, MINE HEART SHALL BE KNIT UNTO YOU: BUT IF YE BE COME TO BETRAY ME TO MINE ENEMIES, SEEING THERE IS NO WRONG IN MINE HANDS, THE GOD OF OUR FATHERS LOOK THEREON, AND REBUKE IT. I CHRONICLES 12:17. KING JAMES
Blessings, and love, Elena Ramirez
Playing the race card, makes you a racist. And if you play that card, don’t be surprised, if the door swings back and hits you.
Sadly, we look at someone who is a racist, and we hate, the injustice of it. Usually, it is because someone, who is mean spirited, and hateful, that does terrible things to others. Because of their race. Do you see the full circle of it? It causes hate. Which is not good.
Well, the sad thing, is when you start demanding your rights, because of your race. And you pull out that race card. Whether good, or bad, for your race, it is the same principle. It makes you a racist. I don’t care, what color you are. That makes you a racist.
Hollywood, right now, is having a boycott. During the Academy Awards. By two famous, married actors. And other high profile personalities. Because of their race. Because they did not get recognized. Did you notice I am not mentioning them by their race?
I am not in hollywood. I don’t play by those politics. Or rules of engagement. But, my goodness, what a gifted actor he is, and what a beautiful woman she is. And they have had more opportunities, then me, or even the average person.
I have always fought discrimination. But in a different way. By trying to make myself a better person. By being a Christian. By learning the characteristics and ways of my God, and His Son, our Lord Jesus.
I am Hispanic. The stereo types of my nationality, of my race, have always put me at a disadvantage, when it comes to ignorant people. From looking at you, to see if you only speak Spanish. Or stereo type you by wearing a sombrero, or whatever. When people even address, you by your name, and tell you, if you are “legal” you should vote for a certain person.
This just happened to me yesterday. Where I was in a discussion, on a political post. For Ted Cruz. And I called that person out, and I gave them a piece of my mind. I write out conversations often to record my quotes, and thoughts, and this is what I said in this one.:
“Go somewhere else, another country! With that discrimination, that is just like “the candidate you support running for office.” But how dare you tell me this by my name! Let me inform you, educate you. You moron. I am an American. Fourth generation. That means my ancestors were Americans by birth. It also means I am probably more American because of my indigenous roots. This is what is wrong with your candidates agenda and fools that follow that kind of agenda. You are prejudiced, and it shows. I have nothing further to say to your lack of class and intelligence. Have a nice day.”
My response, and I can say it myself. Sounds harsh. Maybe not even the Christian way. I am a Christian but I am not perfect. And I understand the injustice of racism. My parents, told me at an early age, what racism did to them being in the Eisenhower era, and he rounded up Hispanics. And shipped them back to Mexico.
I have seen myself, being denied, respect, by my race, even in the Corporate business world. And yes, it makes me angry. But even though I may get angry, and I may give you a piece of my mind, I still want to take a higher road. And sadly, yes, there are many ignorant, prejudiced people. Who hate. They hate by the race, by the package someone comes in.
Martin Luther King, had a beautiful thought, when he said, and I am paraphrasing, “I want to be judged by the integrity, and character of who I am”. He was a man of God. And I know with compassion, because history tells us, of so many atrocities, that have been done because of race. My heart breaks when I see, how it destroys someones confidence, because of mean people who are racists. It is ugly.
So many, have actually used genocide, to wipe away a people, a culture, a race. Jews, suffered greatly because of this. But they don’t hate. Now, what they do, is defend themselves as they should, but they don’t put people down. They are a good example of what to do as well. They fight back now.
And if you have to fight, then fight right, by doing what is right in the sight of God. God is love. And we are to have the characteristics of Christ in love.
But scripture also tells us, He is not a respecter of persons. Maybe, if I did not have my American upbringing, knowing the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights, and my Christian upbringing, I may have just not said anything. I may have let that lady mock me, and insult me. But something rose in me, because I know God is not a respecter of persons.
Acts 10:34 King James. THEN PETER OPED HIS MOUTH, AND SAID, OF A TRUTH I PERCEIVE THAT GOD IS NO RESPECTER OF PERSONS:
That means, He loves us all the same. He looks at what we do, if we have accepted Christ as Lord and savior. He looks, to see, if we repent. For we ALL sin, we all come short of the glory of God. He looks at our souls. What do we have in our souls? And if you are a racist, maybe you should see, by His example, that you should repent.
So why should we be racists? Why should any of us, take that kind of vision, that does not come from God? Especially even now, I see it in this political campaigns of some.
For even our King James bibles, and history tell us of wars, between people, and cultures.
Do I want to engage in battle, over racial issues? No.
And I think we have a choice. But we better look at who we like, why we like them, and are we someone, who wants to demand and play the racist card, because of race?
I will defend you, if I see someone discriminated by their race. Thats just my nature. The big sister, who did not have a big sister to defend her. But I like that same kind of defense. We need to look out for one another. We need to speak up. We need to say, thats wrong. Especially if we are Christians.
I hope Hollywood, finds some kind of peace in this, but, again, I can only speak for myself. I am a writer, I am a Christian writer. I am an American. Born and raised.
But none of that means anything, unless I can write. And prove it to God and others, that I write to serve my God. But its not by the race card, I am playing to get recognition, or to even get a job. Or getting a book deal.
Its by knowing what God says by my King James bible. A true and holy word, that is not corrupted by men, or publishers. It is…Applying it to my life, and to others. Anything else is vanity. Its being puffed up, and it is not worthy of recognition.
For, it is taking, a gift of words, a knowledge that I have strived to learn, and commanding them to good use, for the Kingdom of God.
With love, for myself, for you, for others….
Just as I am now, with….
Just my thoughts.
Blessings, and love, Elena Ramirez
Before I go further, I want to answer you, and tell you don’t play hard to get with God. And I will elaborate.
But, I want you to look at this like a fine stone, that has been carved out by the master potter Himself, God almighty. There are many facets to our life, one part, may show a dinginess, in the stone. And one part, may be so clear, it glows. But as a whole, the beauty of the stone it reflects who God is.
I ask if you play hard to get with God. Because some of us, when growing up, learned to master that quality. Holding out, till something good came along, then we have given it our all.
Some did not. And with regret, there were times, in friendships, and love, I did not play hard to get. I wanted what I wanted then, and well, sometimes, the results were not worth it.
When you are growing up, you play hard to get with a perspective mate. Or you should anyway. My mother taught me that. Yet do we always listen to our mothers? No. Sadly.
Anyway, you hold out, and play hard to get, because you want to see how much, this person is interested in you. And you test the ground they stand on.
What is it worth to get your attention? Have you ever noticed, a guy, will not give you too much interest, if you are interested in him? Men like a challenge, they like to chase the girl. They like the idea of the hunt. A woman, or girl, who makes herself so available to him, is not a challenge. There is no fun in that.
And I will be more explicit here, but a woman, who gives herself to a man, totally, sexually, not only has stopped the challenge, but all is not fair in love and war. Once a man disarms a woman, there is no more of a challenge, and he got what he wanted, and is looking for another challenge. Even if he says he loves you. He may wonder who else beat him to the challenge. Something is missing now. The sin, has entered into the equation.
A woman, in Christ, will know how precious her soul, body, and spirit is, and will make a man wait for that love, by not giving herself away. She sees the value of playing hard to get. She holds out for Holy matrimony. Where God can be the foundation, and yes cornerstone for that marriage. And if the man is smart, he will see her value, and marry her. In honor. Sound old fashioned?
Well maybe it is, but Gods ways, are old but true.
I have tried it, and tested the logic and I know what works. You see, I saw my value about 28 years ago, when I met my husband, and I honored myself, and God. I played hard to get, by doing it Gods way. And with success, I have a foundation in marriage, that has stood time. I thank God.
Now lets talk about playing hard to get with God. Many of us, have or had that mentality, or thought, that we can do it on our own. We don’t need God. Sadly, I once thought that too. And those were the darkest days of my life. And with shame, yes shame, I admit, I made so many mistakes, in being misguided, that it also turned into great sin.
If only, I did not play hard to get with God. I would not have hit the bottom of the barrel. I would not have had low self-esteem.
Do you notice people who are people pleasers, sometimes, forget their own worth, and they give themselves away. And I am not just talking about sexually. But I am talking about always saying “yes” or going above and beyond, for someone or some, who could care less. Doing something for someone over and over again, that they take you for granted. And do not appreciate the kindness, or the gesture even in love.
Sometimes, you have to remember the rule of playing hard to get with people, and in love, because you want good results. But you must never play hard to get with God. Never.
You have to remember, who He is. He is the King of Kings, and Lord of Lords. He is mighty in power and strength. He is the creator of heaven and earth. Of heaven and hell. And yes, He does have the ability to take your name and put it in the lambs book of life, for eternal salvation. But if your name is tainted with sin, He can remove it, and the destination would be hell. Why people play with their salvation, and play hard to get in obedience is beyond me.
But I would not chance on playing with His love. He is love. And without His love, our love, is in vain. Our attempts are in vain. Unless He builds the house, yes, we labor in vain like the scripture says. And I am paraphrasing. But we only have this lifetime, to make the difference. So repentance even on a daily basis, keeps you shining.
I suppose, the whole point I am trying to make, is you are that beautiful stone. And if you let the master, the potterer, take your life, and mold it and shape it, and teach you His ways, you will have something to be excellent, and worthy at. But you have to see your worth. You have to see yourself, through Gods eyes. He looks at the heart, while people, they look at the outside. But what does God see? Does He see just lip service? But the heart is away from Him even in truth.
BUT NOW, O LORD, THOU ART OUR FATHER; WE ARE THE CLAY, AND THOU OUR POTTER; AND WE ALL ARE THE WORK OF THY HAND. Isaiah 64:8.
THIS PEOPLE DRAWETH NIGH UNTO ME WITH THEIR MOUTH, AND HONOURETH ME WITH THEIR LIPS: BUT THEIR HEART IS FAR FROM ME. Matthew 15:8.
More then anything, you have to see who HE is. How excellent His ways are. How powerful, and yes even mysterious He can be. There is no greater force, or love, then His. No wonder, at His miracles. Or limit.
But you cannot, my dear friend, play hard to get with God. You have to give it your all for Him. In this life. For if you do not, there will be regrets. There will be a sense, of failure. Sin does separate us from God. You can even lose your way, but you must always remember, He is the way, the truth, and life. Finding God, means you find the way.
I just have the sense, that we must do every thing, in the time, we are given. To give Him glory, to give Him thanks, to acknowledge Him to others. To be love. To try and be a reflection of Christ. Yes we fail. I know I do, every day. But then I have moments, where I see, because I do not play hard to get, with God, I am able to be molded into something beautiful, for His glory, even in my words, with truth. And He is not done with me. But I will not limit God, by playing hard to get! Do you understand how deep this thought is?
Please my friends, do not play hard to get with God. With some people yes, they do not deserve you. They will treat you like dirt. They will ignore you. They will be playing hard to get themselves. And it goes deeper, because it is the enemies intention to have you fail. To deceive you.
But with those, who love, truly as Christ does, they will also see your worth. Those are those, who God has brought to remind you, that you are worth NOT playing hard to get for. I have learned this even in a day. How loyal some can be. But then there are those, who only want what you can give, and even if it is through God. They play hard to get.
But remember, Christ did not play hard to get. He went on that cross, and gave His life, the ultimate sacrifice, so you could live. And live abundantly. Never play hard to get with that. It cost too much.
He said, be Holy, because He is holy. Play hard to get with others to get that holiness. But let God in…..
You see, time could run out. We are not promised tomorrow. Dont take chances that make you look like you are playing hard to get with God.
I Peter 1:16 BECAUSE IT IS WRITTEN, BE YE HOLY, FOR I AM HOLY.
Another reminder, use a King James Bible, because it is Holy. Now you know I would tell you that, because you do not want something that has been corrupted. Have a blessed one.
Blessings, and love, Elena Ramirez
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