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ABC Roadmap to Heaven: The Broken Bridge

By SoulBreaths Author [ 11 months ago ]

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The Heaven-Earth expanse. How can our fractured earth-driven souls be guaranteed an eternity with God in His holy place? God made the Way. But accepting that way is up to you.

 

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BE SURE TO READ PART 2 NEXT: ABC-ROADMAP TO HEAVEN: THE ABCs OF SALVATION

 

READING TIME: 4 MINUTES.

 

Worldview insists that there are many ways to reach God and enter heaven—and that God is whatever He means to you. Don’t fall for that. There’s no “harmonizing” of various religious ways or bundling it all under global religio-culturalism.

 

One World Religion and a whatever-you-do-is-cool spirituality are LIES from the master deceiver—satan.

 

God is clear in His instruction manual—the Bible—about who He is . . . and who we are. And what He requires for worship and salvation. Understanding that is the critical first step before you’re able to walk on His one-way road to heaven.

 

So let’s start our path toward those ABCs of Salvation by setting worldview aside and getting down to some straight facts about who God is—according to what He says about Himself in His Word, the Bible.

 

HIS NAME IS HIS CHARACTER.

 

The Great I AM. El Elyon, the Most High.

Faithful. Justice. Righteous. Truth.

Ha Kadosh, the Holy One.

Perfect. Steadfast. Mercy. Grace.

A Strong Tower. El Shaddai, the Almighty God.

El Gibbor, the Powerful Warrior, Hero, Mighty Champion.

Adonai, the LORD, Master.

Adonei ha’adonim, the LORD of lords.

The Living God, King of Kings, our Judge, the Rock.

He alone is God. There is none like Him.

Haggo’el, the Redeemer. Sar Shalom, Prince of Peace.

There is no salvation apart from Him.

He knows all things and declares the end from the beginning.

His decisions stand, His rule is forever.

 

SCRIPTURE EXAMPLES

(more at end of post)
 

I AM the LORD, and there is no one else.
I have not spoken in secret, in some dark land . . .
I, the LORD, speak righteousness,
Declaring things that are right . . .
There is no other GOD besides Me,
A righteous GOD and a SAVIOR,
There is none except Me.
Turn to Me and be saved,
all the ends of the earth.
—Isaiah 45: 18b, 19, 21b, 22

 

But the LORD is the true GOD;
he is the living GOD and the everlasting King.
—Jeremiah 10:10a

 

Have you not known? Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He does not faint or grow weary;
his understanding is unsearchable.—Isaiah 40:28

 
 
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HOW DO WE STACK UP?

 

Ever since the Garden of Eden, humanity has shown its propensity for rebellion against God—choosing our selfish desires over His ways and falling for satan’s trickery.

 

Here’s the deal. You’re a soul created and breathed by Him, connected upward. His holy breath is living within you. You were created to be in relationship, fellowship, with Him. But your soul is immersed in an earthly spiritual battle with dire eternal consequences.

 

It’s a battle stirred by the master of lies, satan, and other players who use deceitful spiritual war games to entice, distract, sway your soul away from God.

 

And your connected-upward soul? It can get tangled in delusions—spiritual and otherwise—and then nose-dive. A soul interrupted, derailed from its divinely appointed journey.

 

Here are just a few (of many) scriptures revealing our soul condition. These are from both sides of the Judaic-Messianic bridge.

 

For there isn’t one righteous person on earth who does [only] good and does not sin. —Ecclesiastes 7:20

 

The Lord has looked down from heaven upon the sons of mankind to see if there are any who understand, who seek God. They have all turned aside, together they are corrupt; there is no one who does good, not even one.—Psalm 14:2-3

 

The imaginings of a person’s heart are evil from his youth.
—Genesis 8:21b.

 

True, I was born guilty, was a sinner from the moment my mother conceived me.—Psalm 51:7 (5)

 

For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of the Lord.
—Romans 3:23

 

OUR SINS SEPARATE US FROM HIM

 

Adonai’s arm is not too short to save, nor His ear too dull to hear, rather it’s your own crimes [sins] that separate you from God.
—Isaiah 59:1

 

Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil from your perspective; so that you are right in accusing me and justified in passing sentence . . . Turn away your face from my sins, and blot out all my crimes.—Psalm 51:6,11 (4,9)

 

THE HUMAN HEART LIES TO OUR SOUL

 

The heart is deceitfully wicked, who can know it? I, Adonai, search the heart. I test inner motivations in order to give to everyone what his actions and conduct deserve.—Jeremiah 17:9-10

 

If we claim not to have sin, we are deceiving ourselves, and
the truth is not in us.—1 John 1:8

 

HUMAN GOOD FALLS SHORT

 

All of our righteousness are like menstrual rags [filthy], misdeeds blown in the wind.—Isaiah 64:5(6)

 

For the person who keeps all of the laws except one is as guilty as a person who has broken all of God’s laws.—James 2:10

 

Yep, that’s us: we all break His Law every day . . . one way or another, at any given moment. In thoughts, words, actions.

 

HOPE UP AHEAD

 

With that reality check, how can any of us bridge the relationship gap with a holy God? We’re only human, right?

 

READ THE ANSWER in Part 2. ABC ROADMAP TO HEAVEN: THE ABCS OF SALVATION

 
 
 

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MORE REVEALS ABOUT GOD’S CHARACTER

 

The Bible is filled from page one to its last page with truths about God’s character and our fractured state. The scriptures below are but a few revealing His majesty and power.

 

For I am GOD, and there is no other;
I am GOD, and there is no one like Me,
declaring the end from the beginning
and from ancient times things not yet done,
saying, “My counsel shall stand,
and I will accomplish all my purpose.”
—Isaiah 46:9-10

 

There is none holy like the Lord:
for there is none besides you;
there is no rock like our God.
—2 Samuel 2:2

 

The LORD passed before him [Moses] and proclaimed,
“The LORD, the LORD, a GOD merciful and gracious,
slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness,
keeping steadfast love for thousands,
forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin,
but who will by no means clear the guilty,
visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children
and the children’s children,
to the third and the fourth generation.”
—Exodus 34:6-7

 

For I will proclaim the name of ADONAI.
Come, declare the greatness of our GOD!
The Rock, his work is perfect,
for all his ways are justice.
A GOD of faithfulness who does no wrong,
he is justice and righteous.
—Deuteronomy 32:3-4

 

For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways, declares the LORD.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are My ways higher than your ways
And My thoughts than your thoughts.
—Isaiah 55:8-9

 

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ABC Roadmap to Heaven: The ABCs of Salvation

By SoulBreaths Author [ 11 months ago ]

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The Heaven-Earth expanse. How can our fractured earth-driven souls be guaranteed an eternity with God in His holy place? One way—and only one way—exists. Here are three A-B-C steps to follow with a link to a post of recommendations for Biblical teaching and growing in the Lord.

 

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Suggest reading this first: ABC ROADMAP TO HEAVEN: THE BROKEN BRIDGE

 

READING TIME: 5 MINUTES.

 

The bottom line? Your sin debt (and everyone else’s) has to be paid. Because God is not only MERCY but also JUSTICE—and as a RIGHTEOUS JUDGE he can’t let sin (our crimes against His Law) go unpunished. He can’t go against His own character.

 

Yet God’s love is relentless. Even while humanity was neglecting Him, doing their thing, rebelling and widening that relationship gap with Him, God’s love stepped in. He maintained His righteousness and justice yet made a way to pay for our sin—through truth, mercy, and grace.

 

That’s what the three A-B-C steps for salvation are about. Accepting His plan—His substitutionary gift to pay for our sin—a perfect, holy atonement that wipes our slates clean and restores our relationship with our Creator, the lover of our soul.

 

But the decision to believe, accept, and walk in that gift is up to you.

 

Where you spend eternity—your soul is eternal and its bodily resurrection (yep, it’s real) to everlasting righteousness or everlasting contempt (punishment)—hinges on your decision.

 

Because you, me, and the next person will stand individually before the mighty judge—the one true God—for an accounting per His Law, His Book, judged in light of His holy righteousness.

 

Not your version, not my version, not the world’s loosey-goose interpretation and all of its gods—not any smorgasbord approach of picking the best bits that we like.

 

BUT HERE’S THE GOOD NEWS! You can have an ADVOCATE standing before the Father, proclaiming that your sin debt has been paid.

 

Enter the ABC steps of salvation . . .

 
 
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GOD’S ABCs of SALVATION: THE JESUS ROAD

 

A.

 

Admit to the Lord that you’re a sinner, falling short of His glory. Honest sorrow leads to true repentance and humility before our righteous God. And that sparks a change within your soul—a new way of thinking, God’s way, not the world’s. A soul restoration is underway.

 

For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of the Lord, being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus.—Romans 3:23-24
 

The wages of sin are death, but eternal life is the free gift from God in union with the Messiah, Jesus our Lord.—Romans 6:23

 

It’s the kindness of God that leads you to repentance.—Romans 2:4

 

B.

 

Believe that God sent His son, Jesus/Yeshua, to pay the price for your sin on the cross and raised Him from the dead to conquer the sting of eternal death.

 
 

But first, let’s get one thing straight.

 

We’re talking about the REAL Jesus—the promised Jewish Messiah
who came from the Father, is one with the Father,
who is the Great I Am,
who fulfilled over 200 messianic prophecies,
is the visible image of the invisible God,
and is the Word of God manifested in the flesh.
The Savior of the world who took on the sin of the world
as the holy, perfect Lamb sacrifice of God,
the only sacrifice required for eternal life.

 

Jesus is not what or who the cults or WOKE culture or New Age or one-world religion mentality say He is.

 

Jesus is not Michael the Archangel and didn’t resurrect “invisibly” as a spirit.

 

Jesus is not the spirit brother of satan and wasn’t “born via spiritual incest.”

 

Jesus is not a magician and wasn’t “just a man” or “just a prophet” or “just a rabbi” or “just a moral teacher” or some iChing element or astro projection or some guru.

 

Jesus is not one of nine world manifestations or reflective of some cosmic consciousness.

 

Jesus is who the Bible has shown him to be since Genesis 1:1.

 

John 1:1-4, 14 reveals it clearly,
mirroring that Genesis passage
to show that Jesus is the Word of God
manifested in the flesh:
 
“In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him nothing was made.
In him was life, and the light of men . . .
the Word became flesh and dwelt among us
and we have seen his glory,
glory as of the only Son from the Father,
full of grace and truth
.”
 

Jesus said, “I AM the Truth, the Life, the Way, no man comes to the Father except through me.”—John 14:6

 

For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time.—1 Timothy 2:5-6

 

But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners,
Christ died for us.—Romans 5:8

 

And since we have been made right in God’s sight by the blood of Christ, he will certainly save us from God’s condemnation. For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be saved
through the life of his Son.—Romans 5:9-10

 

C.

 

Call upon the name of Jesus our Messiah to the glory of God, our Father, trusting God’s miraculous love plan: His son Jesus sent as Savior, your holy access to spending eternity in heaven.

 

Believe in the name above all names—Jesus—then tell others and walk in it.

 

If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart, one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved . . . all who call upon the name of the Lord
shall be saved.—Romans 10:9-10,13

 

And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven [Jesus] that has been given among mankind by which
we must be saved.—Acts 4:10a, 11, 12

 

For this reason also God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.—Philippians 2:9-11

 

But as many as received Him [Jesus], to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name, who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of a man, but of God.—John 1:12-13

 

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?John 11:25-26

 

Once you receive God’s perfect gift, share the Good News with others and get ready to start your walk with the Lord. Check out the recommendations in part 3 to help support your biblical learning.

 

NEXT READ ABC ROADMAP TO HEAVEN: GROW IN THE LORD.

 
 

THANKS: To Pastor JD Farag for the concept of ABC Steps to Salvation—Admit, Believe, Confess—that he shares after every Prophecy Update teaching.

 

THANKS: To Christian Ministries International for their summary on The “Jesus” of the Cults.
 

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Combat Zone Series: Part 3—Rules of Engagement

By SoulBreaths Author [ 2 years ago ]

Soul Combat

 

Connected upward, yet pulled downward. 

That is the battle within your soul.

But it’s for a purpose. And it’s good.

 

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[Combat Zone is the foundational post for soul basics. The original article was created/posted in 2009, but for easier reading divided into three posts in 2020. Judaic scripture number references used with Christian numbering in parentheses, when it’s different.]

 

SUGGEST READING PARTS 1 & 2 FIRST: COMBAT ZONE: PART 1—YOUR SOUL and COMBAT ZONE: PART 2—SOUL NUANCES

 

READING TIME: 8 MINUTES.

 

Symbiotic. That’s what some rabbis say about the soul-body matrix. You are a God-breathed soul with three nuances—breath, spirit/wind that rises/descends, and “rested” life force—clothed in a body that’s from the earth and tethered to this world.

 

Your soul is called upward, the body downward. And so the battle ensues, along with a host of other factors that complicate your soul story.

 

RULES OF ENGAGEMENT

 

The good news: In those firefly-like moments when the true light of God flows unhindered through your soul-breath, the entire soul-body matrix works in tandem, emanates His ways, becomes a menorah, a witness of His light to the world.

 

Actually, you, me, and the next guy are all called to be more than a menorah of light—we’re called to love and worship Him in truth and in spirit, becoming His menorah of true light, reflecting that great light of His Word to the world around us. Connecting . . . resting . . . gently listening, humbly serving, loving/honoring Him and others.

 

Proverbs 20:27 Man’s soul [nishmat, variant of Soul Nuance #1, neshama] is a lamp of ADONAI, which searches out all of the innermost parts.

 

To be honest, being a menorah of His light may sometimes—who are we kidding?—okay, may oftentimes feel like a TALL order. Depending on what’s going on in my world, that can feel more like a massively how-can-I-possibly-do-that order.

 

But here’s the deal: Sin (rebellion against God’s way of living/doing things) can, in time, erode the connection between your soul-breath and God.

 

That can cause your soul to disengage from the things of God and that Soul Nuance #3, the self-driven nefesh, to negatively attach itself, saddling up to the “flesh”—your rogue, world-driven body.

 

A little compromise here. An ignoring of God there. Toying with this. Hanging around that. In time, the flesh becomes so strong in its earthbound desires that it pulls your soul away from God’s ways so even doctrines of demons—guised as light, acceptable social mores at odds with God’s standards—can seep into your soul.

 

Darkening it, hardening it, and blinding your spiritual sight. A hostile takeover, indeed.

 

That’s why it’s so critical to learn the rules of engagement for the soul battle down here.

 

RULES OF ENGAGEMENT #1: SECURE YOUR POSITION

 

God says throughout His Word that humanity is disconnected from Him. The words and concept behind His “there are none righteous” warnings occur in numerous scriptures, such as:

 

Genesis 8:21b, Ecclesiastes 7:20, Isaiah 59:1-2, Isaiah 64:6, Psalm 14: 2-3, Psalm 53: 3-4, Jeremiah 17:9-10, Romans 3:23, Romans 3:10, Romans 8:6, among others.

 

But God is love, merciful, and l-o-n-g-suffering. So He made a way to restore that relationship with Him. There were temporary measures at first—blood sacrifices that had to be repeated daily, annually.

 

But those were mere shadows of what was coming, the greatest gift . . . a one-time holy sacrifice. A doorway giving us access to the Father, to the King of Kings.

 

Fulfilling the soul’s journey begins with receiving the restoration gift from God: Jesus. From there, your soul grows and is transformed by letting your soul [neshama], its wind/spirit [ruach] rest [nafash/nefesh] within the fibers of His presence, His Word, His ways . . . being hidden in Him, where you’re surrendered. Total white-flag territory.

 

It’s where your soul-body matrix gets into sync,
working as a whole with God, bowing before Him.

 


God’s way of restoring relationship with Him:

“I am the Truth, the Life, the Way . . . no man comes to the Father except through me.”

— John 14:6. The Messiah, Jesus (Yeshua, his Hebrew name)


 

RULES OF ENGAGEMENT #2: HONOR YOUR KING, YOUR COMMANDER IN CHIEF

 

It’s our human default to lean on our own understanding and to even get caught up in the emotions and mindset of the world at large.

 

But a good soldier needs to stand under his commander.

 

This slight paraphrase of Isaiah 8: 12-14 helps draw some clear-thinking guidelines. I’ve fleshed out the meanings of “fear” and “awed” from the Hebrew for a better visual.

 

Don’t fear (be shaken, swept into conspiracies) what people fear (call conspiracies) nor give strength to it
or be awed (shaken terribly, oppressed) by what awes them.
Let G-d be the object of your awe (trembling holy fear) . . .
consecrate Him.
He alone is to be your sanctuary.

 

RULES OF ENGAGEMENT #3: FOLLOW YOUR COMMANDER’S LEAD

 

For this battle, your nefesh—that Soul Nuance known as the life force that can cling, negatively or positively—needs to obey orders. Clinging to God means He’s in front and you’re behind Him. That’s how you stay in position. This psalm leads the way, showing in the Hebrew what the nefesh is clinging to . . .

 

Psalm 63:2, 9 (1, 8) . O God, You are my God, I seek You. My soul [Soul Nuance nefesh] thirsts for You, in an arid and thirsty land, without water. My soul [nefesh] clings to your hind parts; Your righteous right hand upholds me.

 

RULES OF ENGAGEMENT #4: KEEP YOUR EYES RIGHTLY FOCUSED

 

You are battling on two main fronts—the spiritual world (your soul against the principalities and powers of the enemy) and the physical world. Like in any war, things shift, take on different patterns.

 

Do you know what you’re really seeing—or is it a delusion, a camouflage? There’s only one way to hold your position while waiting for intel about what’s really going on in a realm you can’t physically see or physically touch. Stay mindful, focused, in God’s presence.

 

“So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:18

 

What is unseen . . . is God. Yet you are called to fix your soul’s eyes on Him, the Eternal One, to see more clearly in the battles down here. To not lose heart.

 

Although the body (“outer man”) is decaying and warring, your inner essence, your soul’s nuances (breath from God/neshama, spirit/ruach, inner living substance/nefesh) is being renewed day by day in Him.

 

The next two scriptures reveal what your stance should be in battle . . . do what you He has ordered to the best of your ability, then STAND. Confidently, boldly in Him. Even (and especially) when the next order is to simply wait.

 

“Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”—Joshua 1:9.

 

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.
 

Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. Stand firm therefore . . .”—Ephesians 6:10-14a.

 

God’s not asking you or me to stand on ceremony, get caught up in religious acts or rituals (He gave the Law, but we’re not supposed to love the Law over Him—that’s idolatry), or drown our souls in legalism. He created our souls to breathe out and breathe in a genuine love for Him.

 

What God wants is a restored relationship with Him, walking in His truth, His Word, and His love.

 

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Be prepared. In season and out of season.

 

RULES OF ENGAGEMENT #5: KNOW YOUR WEAPON

 

Go through basic training and refresher trainings with your weapon (the Word of God), just like a soldier needs to qualify for live-fire drills—and the real thing. And this battle you and I are in daily is always the real deal.

 

SO STAY IN HIS WORD. It is life, it is renewing, it is Truth that will show you where to walk and help you not be derailed in your soul journey down here.

 

Check out this insightful passage from the New Testament (the Soul Nuances are inserted to help connect the dots for you) . . .

 

Hebrews 4:12. See, the Word of God is alive! It is at work and is sharper than any double-edged sword — it cuts right through to where soul meets spirit [dividing where the Soul Nuances of neshama, ruach/spirit, and nefesh intersect] and where joints meet marrow [dividing where your vessel/body’s inner parts intersect], and it is quick to judge the inner reflections and attitudes of the heart.

 

PRAYER! Full-on, distractions blocked. Prayer is warfare in the spiritual realm. It’s where the war is won, really. With that, I’d strongly add worship since worship is battle—and it is prayer. The two work together, interlocked for intense spiritual fighting, using both simultaneously.

 

James 5:16 nails it simply: The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.

 

So crank up powerful worship music, grab your Bible, humble yourself before the Lord, and get to it! Sing-pray through the attacks, valleys, and even on those mountaintops to keep a lookout and get prepared in season and out of season.

 

[Recommendation: My go-to music is Rick Pino’s worship songs—from his warfare albums to his stirring songs before the Lord. Hands down, he is an anointed worship leader and his team is amazing. I had the privilege of meeting him briefly after one of his musical events in Santa Rosa, CA when I lived in the Bay. God had used Rick’s music to get me through a deeply difficult time.]

 

RULES OF ENGAGEMENT #6: KEEP COMMUNICATION LINES OPEN

 

This is soul-to-soul communication, yours and God’s. Report what’s going on, what you see, what you’ve done, what you need—and wait for God to respond and lead. Sometimes you aren’t to speak—just still your soul and listen.

 

Psalm 42:7, a downtrodden soul [Soul Nuance nefesh per the line prior] calls out to God: Deep [tehom, תְּהוֹם, subterranean waters of the soul] is calling to deep at the thunder of Your waterfalls; all Your surging rapids and waves are sweeping over me.

 

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Deep calls to deep at the thunder of His waterfalls

 

There, in the deep part of your soul, humbled and hungry to reach His soul’s deep, is where holy communication is sparked, where you discover yet another layer of who He is, what He is, where He’s moving, how He’s guiding you, what He’s saying to you for this season of your life. It’s where you’ll swim in the glorious waterfall that flows from His throne and releases . . .

 

revelations
prophecies
words of knowledge
wisdom
discernment & understanding
provisions
love
mercy & grace
long-suffering
His consuming fire

 

RULES OF ENGAGEMENT #7: STAY ALERT, THE ENEMY IS ON THE PROWL

 

Actually, he’s always on the prowl with his wicked trickery, looking for more spiritually slumbering victims. So don’t get caught in so-called spirituality—as the term is used in the world today—that brashly proclaims there are “many ways to God.”

 

You won’t find God’s truth in rote mantras, transcendental meditation, crystals, astrology, tarot cards, or trance-like states, and the rest of the “New” Age and one-world religious system. etc. Same goes for fashioning your version of God . . . that’s called idolatry.

 

Securing your position in Him is all about connecting with Him on His terms and His Word, not the world’s, not yours, not mine. God has made His terms clear from Genesis onward, revealing His holy character, His holy desires, His holy ways.

 

READ THIS FINAL COMBAT ZONE POST WITH A FILM NOIR BENT. COMBAT ZONE: PART 4—SOUL VIA A FILM NOIR LENS

 

SCRIPTURES: BE ENCOURAGED

 

Exodus 34:6 Then the LORD passed by in front of him and proclaimed, “The LORD, the LORD God, compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in lovingkindness and truth.

 

Lamentations 3:22-23 The LORD’S lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, For His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.

 

Deuteronomy 31:6 Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.

 

Deuteronomy 6:5 & Matthew 22:37. You are to love Adonai your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.

 

Matthew 11:29. [And Jesus/Yeshua said] Come to me, all of you who are struggling and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, because I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

 

John 4:23-24. But the hour is coming—indeed, it’s here now—when the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is spirit and those who worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth.

 

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