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March 2015 Newsletter

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Sanctification

My Dear Family in Jesus,

In our justification study last month, we learned how to come to Jesus. We learned to come to Jesus in faith, looking to Him as our Sacrifice for past sins. Without the sacrifice, death of Jesus, we would have to die for our past sins and would have no eternal life. By looking to Jesus as our sacrifice, we accept Him as our Lord and Savior. Now, “as you once presented your members as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness leading to sanctification.” Romans 6:19. It is “the doers of the law who will be justified.” Romans 2:13.

That is now our job. Prior to justification, we were not justified. Even though Jesus had died on the cross, we were still sinners living in impurity and living lives of lawlessness. His death did us no good. His death cannot save one sinner. But now we are to “Sanctify yourselves therefore, and be holy, for I am the LORD your God.” Leviticus 20:7. “What should we say, then? Should we go on sinning so that grace may increase?

Of course not! How can we who died, as far as sin is concerned, go on living in it?” Romans 6:1, 2.
That is the whole point of sanctification. You see, there is nothing we can do about our past sins. We deserve death. The grace of Jesus moved Him to voluntarily present His life as the substitute for our death. But that grace can’t save us eternally. His death can only pay our penalty for sin if we are willing to live His righteous, holy, perfect and sinless life. His death, His sacrifice, will not continue to pay the penalty for our past sins if we “go on sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth.” Hebrews 10:26. Therefore, it is on us to learn how to “walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to Him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.” Colossians 1:10. As we continue walking in the Lord and learning how to bear fruit in every good work and increasing in our knowledge of God, then “we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” Colossians 1:14. “If we keep living in the light as He Himself is in the light, the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.” 1 John 1:7. Did you understand that text? We cannot be cleansed from our past sins while continuing to live in sin. We forfeit our justification when we sin. Sanctification is the work of a lifetime. That is why we are commanded to “work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.” Philippians 2:12, 13.

Do you see? If God is working in us, God who is perfect, righteous, holy and sinless will be producing the fruits of perfection: righteousness, holiness and sinlessness in our lives. Therefore, all we have to do is look at our lives to see if we have God living within us. If we are not living the fruits of Righteousness, then we do not have God living within us. Therefore, we must get on our knees, repent, turn away from sin and begin the new life. Keep in mind, Christianity is not about going to church. Christianity is about walking as Christ walked. “For at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord.” Ephesians 5:8-10.

“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me. I feel urged to say to you that you must commence to work individually for yourselves. You are looking to God and desiring Him to do the work for you which He has left for you to do. If you will do the work for yourselves which you know that you ought to do, then God will help you when you need help. You have left undone the very things which God has left for you to do. You have been calling upon God to do your work. Had you followed the light which He has given you, then He would cause more light to shine upon you; but while you neglect the counsels, warnings, and reproofs that have been given, how can you expect God to give you more light and blessings to neglect and despise? God is not as man; He will not be trifled with.” {2T 604.2}

We cannot be saved and still be walking in darkness: our past sins. There is no salvation for those who refuse to walk as Jesus walked. Jesus walked perfectly and commands us to do the same. “Whoever says he abides in Him ought to walk in the same way in which He walked.” 1 John 2:6.

Since sanctification is the work of a life time, some may understand that text to mean that we will always be living in sin until Jesus comes. That is not correct. As we have already read, how can we who have died to sin live in it any longer? We can’t. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” 2 Corinthians 5:17. We can’t be a new creation and still be in the old. “Neither is new wine put into old wineskins. If it is, the skins burst and the wine is spilled and the skins are destroyed. But new wine is put into fresh wineskins, and so both are preserved.” Matthew 9:17. We cannot put a new way of living into these old sinful church-going lives. We must die to our old sinful way of living and put new wine into a new way of thinking and living.

So what is sanctification all about? It is about living as Jesus lived every moment of every day. Jesus did not sin. He worked out His salvation every day without sinning. He worked out His sanctification every day by learning how to resist the temptations of sin. To “work out our salvation” is not to repent of our sins, that has already been done at the time of justification at the cross. “Wherefore Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people with His own blood, suffered without the gate.” Hebrews 13:12. Jesus suffered for us, so we are to suffer for Him. “Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.” 2 Timothy 3:12. Therefore, if you think you are blessed because everything is going well for you and you have a lot of worldly material goods, you might want to rethink your understanding of blessings. No, we are to be sanctified the same way Jesus was sanctified: through suffering, striving, agonizing and hard work. None of that has anything to do with going to church.

Once we have accepted Jesus as our “Saviour”, and His death as our punishment, then we must accept Jesus as our “Lord” and live as Jesus commands us: perfect. And how? By resisting the temptations of sin as Jesus did. “Therefore, submit yourselves to God. Resist the devil, and he will run away from you.” James 4:7. “To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in His steps. He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in His mouth.” 1 Peter 2:21, 22. “Be clear-minded and alert. Your opponent, the devil, is prowling around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. Resist him and be firm in the faith.” 1 Peter 5:8, 9. As Paul said, “I die daily”. 1 Corinthians 15:31.

This is not a “once saved always saved.” This is not a “join a church and be saved”. It is a daily, moment by moment process of resisting temptation. Peter sets down the 8 steps in our sanctification process. If we follow these eight steps we will never fail, never sin as Jesus never sinned. 2 Peter 1:10. We sinned much under the old birth. But now that we have been born again, and have become children of God, we do not need to sin again. Sin is a choice. If you choose to sin, you are in rebellion against God and have no eternal life. Hebrews 10:26. That is why our churches today are so dangerous. They are not teaching you how to stop sinning. They are making it sound easy to be a Christian and live in sin. Just go to church and be “saved by grace”.

We have videos on 2nd Peter’s 8 steps. Those videos go into depth on the 8 steps to our perfect walk in Christ. Please watch them for a more complete understanding of the sanctification process. This study is simply an introduction to those 8 steps to help us understand the concept of sanctification.

If people are telling you that you can’t live the perfect, sinless and righteous life, they are not of God. 2 John 1:9. That includes your pastor, your church and your denomination. It doesn’t matter what they may have taught you in the past, what matters is what they are teaching you now. Anyone can fall. Any pastor, church or denomination can fall and become Babylon. No one is beyond falling. The Bible is full of examples of those who fell. Those who once were called by God, but then turned from the living God to live their own lives.

King Saul is a perfect example of that. His heart was touched and changed by God. He prophesied and was anointed by the Spirit of God. However, he allowed his heart to become lifted up and proud by that “past” experience and forgot to keep that experience alive and living in his present day to day actions. That is the reason for the Bible. We must read it, not to conform it to our own beliefs by taking texts out of contexts and twisting them to say what our itchy ears want to hear, but to obey what it says. Paul says, “I had also written to you to see if you would stand the test and be obedient in every way.” 2 Corinthians 2:9.

“If you had made God’s word your study, with a desire to reach the Bible standard and attain to Christian perfection, you would not have needed the Testimonies. It is because you have neglected to acquaint yourselves with God’s inspired Book that He has sought to reach you by simple, direct testimonies, calling your attention to the words of inspiration which you had neglected to obey, and urging you to fashion your lives in accordance with its pure and elevated teachings.”{2T 605.1}

“Keep examining yourselves to see whether you are continuing in the faith. Test yourselves! You know, don’t you, that Jesus the Messiah lives in you? Could it be that you are failing the test?” 2 Corinthians 13:5.

“Instead, test everything. Hold on to what is good.” 1 Thessalonians 5:21. “Dear friends, stop believing every spirit. Instead, test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.” 1 John 4:1.

We could say, Stop believing your pastor, minister, church and denomination. Test them again and again and again. Never stop. As long as you are alive, continue to test and make sure that who you are listening to is continuing to teach the teachings of Jesus. “I know your works, your toil and your patient endurance, and how you cannot bear with those who are evil, but have tested those who call themselves apostles and are not, and found them to be false.” Revelation 2:2.

Get the point. It isn’t a once saved always saved, or once join a church then shut your eyes and burry your head in the Sabbath School lesson. It isn’t “I know the truth, don’t bother me with any more.” It isn’t, “My church was called by God, and therefore it cannot fall and must always be of God.” You are lost. Even the Israelites had the Gospel preached to them and yet most of them were lost because they refused to keep testing themselves and their denomination to see if they and their leaders were in the truth. Hebrews 4:2. The church of the Israelites, called by God, fell to destruction. God has revealed to me that Sabbath keeping church members are the most lost individuals on the face of the planet today. Like the Jews, they are so proud, arrogant and insulated from practical Christianity that Jesus is withdrawing His Holy Spirit from them today. That church which was called in the 1800’s to proclaim His 3 Angel’s Messages no longer know what that message is. They only know the phrase. They have totally fallen like the Jews of Christ’s day.

Remember, it was tithe paying, Sabbath keeping, church going people looking for the Messiah to come, who put Jesus on the cross. The same is happening today in our Sabbath keeping churches. We must continue, as Paul said, to test our pastors, churches and denominations since they can all go downhill. Check the latest statements and publications from your pastors, churches and denominations to make sure they are still teaching the teachings of Jesus: to be perfect, stop sinning and keep the Ten Commandments to get your eternal life. If they are not teaching these teachings, it is time to leave. 2 John 1:9-11.

In other words, let us obey the whole Bible and not just what makes us feel good. 2nd Peter lays down the 8 steps to our sanctification. Peter says, “His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through the full knowledge of the one who called us by His own glory and excellence. Through these He has given us His precious and wonderful promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, seeing that you have escaped the corruption that is in the world caused by evil desires.” 2 Peter 1:3, 4.

Over and over again I keep hearing pastors, churches and denominations tell their people that they can’t be perfect, can’t be sinless and will always be living in sin until Jesus comes. If they are telling you that you are “saved by grace”, they are of the devil. We are told that we can participate in the divine nature. We can live without sin. We can be perfect. We can resist temptation through the power of Jesus. “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13. But to do that, we must believe in Jesus and not our churches or our pastors. We must believe in Jesus so much that we are obedient to every word of Jesus. As a man thinketh, so is he. If you are not thinking or being told you can live perfectly, then you can’t. Get out of your church!

So how are we sanctified? “And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.” John 17:19. It is through His truth we are sanctified. Therefore, when Jesus tells us in Matthew 5:48 to be perfect, that is the truth that sanctifies us. When Jesus tells us in John 5:14 to live without sin, that is the truth. When Jesus tells us in Matthew 19:17 to keep the Ten Commandments for our eternal life, that is the truth. Anything else is a lie and no liar will be in heaven. No one who accepts a lie will be in heaven. Revelation 21:8.

Jesus is the only way, the only truth and He has given us that truth. It is up to use to accept it by listening to Jesus or rejecting it by listening to our churches. “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.” John 17:17. You can only be “sanctified” through that one truth. Not one pastor, church or denomination is “the truth”, only Jesus is. And only those who, like this little ministry, teach the truths of Jesus are of God. 2 John 1:9. The rest are of the devil.

Remember your history! It was the Sabbath keeping church that rejected the little, independent ministries that were sent by God to bring the church back to God. So it is today. John the Baptist was not sent to bring people back to the “church”. John the Baptist was to prepare a people for the coming Messiah. He taught them to stop sinning. But the church rejected the message.

We are now to live the perfect, righteous and holy life. It is by resisting sin and putting sin out of our lives now that we live in God. Probation will soon close and if we have sin in our lives, we will be lost. It isn’t about looking for the coming of Jesus. It is about looking to get sin out of our lives before Jesus closes probation. Soon probation will close. Then it is too late. Our characters will be sealed for all eternity. When Jesus comes only those who are sinless can go home with Him. Paul was very concerned about this concept. He wanted to make sure the people understood that they were to live now the perfect life of Christ. Paul said, “the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Thessalonians 5:23.

We are to make sure that our whole spirit, soul and body is daily being preserved blameless without sin. If you don’t believe that, you don’t believe in God. So how do we live in sanctification and keep ourselves from sinning? By living according to every word that proceeds from the mouth of God. “I keep Your law in my heart, so that I will not sin against You.” Psalms 119:11.

Here is an illustration for you. You go to the doctor and he puts you through a lot of tests and then tells you that you are in perfect health. Oh, you may have a few aches and pains and defects, but he tells you that you will live forever. You leave the doctor feeling good and loving him for his wonderful willingness to give you good news. Six months later you find out you have cancer and it is too late to do anything about it and you will be dead in a few weeks. You confront your doctor and he tells you that he was afraid that if he told you the truth he would lose your business. That he wanted to make you happy, not sad with the truth about your condition. Now what do you think about your doctor? Do you still feel good about Him?

Let us do this the right way. You go to your doctor, he runs a lot of tests and then he tells you the truth, that you have cancer and that in order to live a long and healthy life, you must have a certain procedure done to remove the cancer. It might not make you feel good to hear that news. It might not make you feel good to go through that procedure, but which would you prefer?

And yet, you go to your church, listen to your pastor, read the wonderful stories in your church paper and feel good. But they are lying to you. That is why Jesus said the children of the kingdom will be cast out where there will be weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth. Matthew 8:12. Why? Because they didn’t want to listen to Doctor Jesus and the hard truth. They wanted a feel-good, goody, goody religion. They wanted a church to tell them happy things.

Another illustration. You go to a world-renown Doctor. He is known around the world for curing people who would otherwise have died. Since you have the same condition as those people, your friends have been telling you to go and believe in this Doctor. So you go. You sit in the office and listen to the Doctor tell you what you must do in order to be cured. He gives you a list of ten items you are to follow in your life. He guarantees that in six months you will be cured.

Once a week you go to His lectures and sit and listen to Him, believing you will be saved. But at the end of six month, you are no better. You go back to the Doctor and share with him that you are not getting better. The Doctor is amazed and confounded. He checks everything He told you to do, and it is all there. Then He asks you a simple question, “Did you follow the instructions I gave you?” You look at Him and say, “No. I was told that all I had to do was believe in You and I would be cured.”

Do you see the problem in your life? If you are not overcoming every sin in your life, going to church will not get you into heaven. Reading your Bible and holding Bible studies will not get you into heaven. Listening to good stories in your church paper will not get you into heaven. Listing to wonderful Christian music will not get you into heaven. Watching 3ABN and other wonderful Christian TV programs will not get you into Heaven. Only those who are overcoming, who “Strive to enter in by the narrow door” will be saved, “for many, I say unto you, shall seek to enter in, and shall not be able.” Luke 13:24. “Keep my statutes and do them; I am the LORD who sanctifies you.” Leviticus 20:8. You see, that is how the Lord sanctifies us, by giving us study material that is sanctified and makes us holy by obeying that material. It is the same with having faith in your doctor. Belief in him to cure you will do you no good if you are not following the cure. James 2:19.

A belief in God will do you no good if you are not putting that belief to work and “working out your salvation with fear and trembling.” Philippians 2:12. God has laid out the cure. But you must accept it and work it. God can’t save one person who refuses to do his duty and obey the cure God has given us. “But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life.” Romans 6:22. “Let everyone who names the name of the Lord depart from iniquity.” 2 Timothy 2:19.

That is the knowledge you want. You want to know how to have eternal life. You want to know how to be set free from your sickness: sin, “For this is the will of God, even your sanctification.” 1 Thessalonians 4:3. If your church, pastor or denomination is simply telling you smooth, goody-goody bedtime stories that are putting you to sleep, they are not of God. You don’t want to be listening to them. You want a pastor, church and denomination that will tell you that you are sick and that you need to change your life! You want someone who will teach you how to stop sinning, how to live the perfect, righteous and holy life. If they are simply telling you that you are asleep and in a Laodicea state, it is time to get out. Those who are in that state will be spit out by God. Revelation 3:16. Only “he that overcometh, I will give to him to sit down with Me in My throne, as I also overcame, and sat down with My Father in His throne.” Revelation 3:21.

If you are not striving against sin, overcoming sin, resisting temptation and obeying Jesus, you will not be saved. You are not saved. You may look good. You may be eating all the right foods. You may even be going to church on the Sabbath day. You may be doing lots of “good” things. But “good” will not get you into heaven. All the “good” people will be burned up. The Catholics are very “good” people. The Mormons are very “good” people. The Baptists are very “good” people. The Muslims are very “good” people. And so it goes with the very “good” people of the world. But if you are not overcoming sin in your life and living the perfect, righteous and sinless life, you are lost. To be almost saved is to be eternally lost. “In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood.” Hebrews 12:4.

Now is the day to begin your sanctification walk. Now is the day to turn your eyes and ears to Jesus and away from all who are not in that struggle against sin. We are only saved “because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth.” 2 Thessalonians 2:13. Jesus and Jesus only is that Truth. Jesus has commanded us to go into all the world and to “teach them to obey everything I have commanded you.” Matthew 28:20. So let us obey Jesus and begin teaching them to obey Matthew 5:48 to be perfect and John 5:14 to stop sinning and Matthew 19:17 to keep the Ten Commandments to get our eternal life. It is God’s will “that every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honor.” 1 Thessalonians 4.4. God bless you as you live in sanctification, and not in church, each moment of your life.

 

TIME WITH JESUS

My Dear Family in Christ,

By the parable of the sower, Christ illustrates the things of the kingdom of heaven, and the work of the great Husbandman for His people. Like a sower in the field, He came to scatter the heavenly grain of truth. And His parable teaching itself was the seed with which the most precious truths of His grace were sown. Because of its simplicity the parable of the sower has not been valued as it should be. From the natural seed cast into the soil, Christ desires to lead our minds to the gospel seed, the sowing of which results in bringing man back to his loyalty to God. (Notice, not loyalty to a church.) He who gave the parable of the tiny seed is the Sovereign of heaven, and the same laws that govern earthly seed sowing govern the sowing of the seeds of truth.

By the Sea of Galilee a company had gathered to see and hear Jesus—an eager, expectant throng. The sick were there, lying on their mats, waiting to present their cases before Him. It was Christ’s God-given right to heal the woes of a sinful race, and He now rebuked disease, and diffused around Him life and health and peace.

As the crowd continued to increase, the people pressed close about Christ until there was no room to receive them. Then, speaking a word to the men in their fishing boats, He stepped into the boat that was waiting to take Him across the lake, and bidding His disciples push off a little from the land, He spoke to the multitude upon the shore.

Beside the sea lay the beautiful plain of Gennesaret, beyond rose the hills, and upon hillside and plain both sowers and reapers were busy, the one casting seed and the other harvesting the early grain. Looking upon the scene, Christ said— “Behold, the sower went forth to sow; and as he sowed, some seeds fell by the wayside, and the birds came and devoured them” (R.V.); “some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth; and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth: and when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away. And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them: but other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold.”

Christ’s mission was not understood by the people of His time. The manner of His coming was not in accordance with their expectations. The Lord Jesus was the foundation of the whole Jewish economy. Its imposing services were of divine appointment. They were designed to teach the people that at the time appointed One would come to whom those ceremonies pointed. But the Jews had exalted the forms and ceremonies and had lost sight of their object. (The Sabbath keeping churches of today have done the same.) The traditions, maxims, and enactments of men hid from them the lessons which God intended to convey. These maxims and traditions became an obstacle to their understanding and practice of true religion. And when the Reality came, in the person of Christ, they did not recognize in Him the fulfillment of all their types, the substance of all their shadows. They rejected the antitype, and clung to their types and useless ceremonies. The Son of God had come, but they continued to ask for a sign. The message, “Repent ye; for the kingdom of heaven is at hand,” they answered by demands for a miracle. Matthew 3:2. The gospel of Christ was a stumbling block to them because they demanded signs instead of a Saviour. They expected the Messiah to prove His claims by mighty deeds of conquest, to establish His empire on the ruins of earthly kingdoms. This expectation Christ answered in the parable of the sower. Not by force of arms, not by violent interpositions, was the kingdom of God to prevail, but by the implanting of a new principle in the hearts of men.

“He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man.” Matthew 13:37. Christ had come, not as a king, but as a sower; not for the overthrow of kingdoms, but for the scattering of seed; not to point His followers to earthly triumphs and national greatness, (or large churches and worldwide denominations) but to a harvest to be gathered after patient toil and through losses and disappointments.

The Pharisees perceived the meaning of Christ’s parable, but to them its lesson was unwelcome. They affected not to understand it. To the multitude it involved in still greater mystery the purpose of the new teacher, whose words had so strangely moved their hearts and so bitterly disappointed their ambitions. The disciples themselves had not understood the parable, but their interest was awakened. They came to Jesus privately and asked for an explanation.
This was the desire which Christ wished to arouse, that He might give them more definite instruction. He explained the parable to them, as He will make plain His word to all who seek Him in sincerity of heart.
(That is the mission of this ministry. God raised up this ministry to find those who are seeking God in sincerity of heart.) Those who study the word of God with hearts open to the enlightenment of the Holy Spirit, will not remain in darkness as to the meaning of the word. “If any man willeth to do His will,” Christ said, “he shall know of the teaching whether it be of God, or whether I speak from Myself.” John 7:17, R.V. All who come to Christ (not church) for a clearer knowledge of the truth will receive it. He will unfold to them the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, and these mysteries will be understood by the heart that longs to know the truth. (It will not be given to those who long for and love their churches.) A heavenly light will shine into the soul temple, and will be revealed to others as the bright shining of a lamp on a dark path.

“The sower went forth to sow” (R.V.). In the East the state of affairs was so unsettled, and there was so great danger from violence that the people dwelt chiefly in walled towns, and the husbandmen went forth daily to their labor outside the walls. So Christ, the heavenly Sower, went forth to sow. He left His home of security and peace, left the glory that He had with the Father before the world was, left His position upon the throne of the universe. He went forth, a suffering, tempted man; went forth in solitude, to sow in tears, to water with His blood, the seed of life for a world lost. (Are you ready to leave your church to go sow for Jesus?)

His servants in like manner must go forth to sow. When called to become a sower of the seed of truth, Abraham was bidden, “Get thee out of thy country, (church) and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will show thee.” Genesis 12:1. “And he went out, not knowing whither he went.” Hebrews 11:8. So to the apostle Paul, praying in the temple at Jerusalem, (His Sabbath keeping church) came the message from God, “Depart; for I will send thee far hence unto the Gentiles.” Acts 22:21. So those who are called to unite with Christ must leave all, (you must get out of your church) in order to follow Him. Old associations must be broken up, plans of life relinquished, earthly hopes surrendered. In toil and tears, in solitude, and through sacrifice, must the seed be sown.
“The sower soweth the word.” Christ came to sow the world with truth. Ever since the fall of man, Satan has been sowing the seeds of error. (His greatest success in sowing has been in the church.) It was by a lie that he first gained control over men, and thus he still works to overthrow God’s kingdom in the earth and to bring men under his power.

A sower from a higher world, Christ came to sow the seeds of truth. He who had stood in the councils of God, who had dwelt in the innermost sanctuary of the Eternal, could bring to men the pure principles of truth. (Jesus sent His Holy Spirit and dictated and directed the book, “Change Your Life Biblically” for our day today.) Ever since the fall of man, Christ had been the Revealer of truth to the world. By Him the incorruptible seed, “the word of God, which liveth and abideth forever,” is communicated to men. 1 Peter 1:23. In that first promise spoken to our fallen race in Eden, Christ was sowing the gospel seed. But it is to His personal ministry among men and to the work which He thus established that the parable of the sower especially applies.

The word of God is the seed. Every seed has in itself a germinating principle. In it the life of the plant is enfolded. So there is life in God’s word. Christ says, “The words that I speak unto you, they are Spirit, and they are life.” John 6:63. “He that heareth My word, and believeth on Him that sent Me, hath everlasting life.” John 5:24. (The words of your church, pastor and denomination are not of God but of man.) In every command and in every promise of the word of God is the power, the very life of God, by which the command may be fulfilled and the promise realized. He who by faith receives the word is receiving the very life and character of God. (If you are receiving the “word” of man, that man or church becomes “anti” Christ, “in place of” Christ and you are lost.)

Every seed brings forth fruit after its kind. Sow the seed under right conditions, and it will develop its own life in the plant. Receive into the soul by faith the incorruptible seed of the word, and it will bring forth a character and a life after the similitude of the character and the life of God. (If those in your church are not living that life of God, the perfect, sinless life, they are not of God and your church is of the devil.)

The teachers of Israel (God’s appointed Sabbath keeping church)were not sowing the seed of the word of God. Christ’s work as a teacher of truth was in marked contrast to that of the rabbis of His time. (Churches of our time are not sowing the seed of the word of God.) They dwelt upon traditions, upon human theories and speculations. Often that which man had taught and written about the word, they put in place of the word itself. Their teaching had no power to quicken the soul. The subject of Christ’s teaching and preaching was the word of God. He met questioners with a plain, “It is written.” “What saith the Scriptures?” “How readest thou?” (Not, what does the church teach or what does your pastor say.) At every opportunity, when an interest was awakened by either friend or foe, He sowed the seed of the word. He who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life, Himself the living Word, points to the Scriptures, saying, “They are they which testify of Me.” And “beginning at Moses and all the prophets,” He opened to His disciples “in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.” John 5:39; Luke 24:27.

Christ’s servants are to do the same work. In our day, as of old, the vital truths of God’s word are set aside for human (and church) theories and speculations. Many professed ministers of the gospel do not accept the whole Bible as the inspired word. One wise man rejects one portion; another questions another part. They set up their judgment as superior to the word; and the Scripture which they do teach rests upon their own authority. Its divine authenticity is destroyed. Thus the seeds of infidelity are sown broadcast; for the people become confused and know not what to believe. There are many beliefs that the mind has no right to entertain. In the days of Christ the rabbis put a forced, mystical construction upon many portions of Scripture. Because the plain teaching of God’s word (to stop sinning, be perfect and keep the Ten Commandments for our eternal life) condemned their practices, they tried to destroy its force.

The same thing is done today. The word of God is made to appear mysterious and obscure in order to excuse transgression of His law. Christ rebuked these practices in His day. He taught that the word of God was to be understood by all. He pointed to the Scriptures as of unquestionable authority, and we should do the same. The Bible is to be presented as the word of the infinite God, as the end of all controversy and the foundation of all faith.
The Bible has been robbed of its power, and the results are seen in a lowering of the tone of spiritual life. In the sermons from many pulpits of today there is not that divine manifestation which awakens the conscience and brings life to the soul. The hearers can not say, “Did not our heart burn within us, while He talked with us by the way, and while He opened to us the Scriptures?” Luke 24:32. There are many who are crying out for the living God, longing for the divine presence. Philosophical theories or literary essays, however brilliant, cannot satisfy the heart.
(The same goes for “dynamic” preaching.) The assertions and inventions of men are of no value. Let the word of God speak to the people. Let those who have heard only traditions and human theories and maxims hear the voice of Him whose word can renew the soul unto everlasting life.

Christ’s favorite theme was the paternal tenderness and abundant grace of God; He dwelt much upon the holiness of His character and His law; He presented Himself to the people as the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Let these be the themes of Christ’s ministers. Present the truth as it is in Jesus. Make plain the requirements of the law and the gospel. Tell the people of Christ’s life of self-denial and sacrifice; of His humiliation and death; of His resurrection and ascension; of His intercession for them in the courts of God; of His promise, “I will come again, and receive you unto Myself.” John 14:3.

Instead of discussing erroneous theories (saved by grace), or seeking to combat the opponents of the gospel, follow the example of Christ. Let fresh truths from God’s treasure house flash into life. “Preach the word.” “Sow beside all waters.” “Be instant in season, out of season.” “He that hath My word, let him speak My word faithfully. What is the chaff to the wheat? saith the Lord.” “Every word of God is pure.... Add thou not unto His words, lest He reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.” 2 Timothy 4:2; Isaiah 32:20; Jeremiah 23:28; Proverbs 30:5, 6.

(That is the work God set up this ministry to preform. Will you join Jesus and this ministry of His in teaching and sowing only the “Word of God”?)

“The sower soweth the word.” Here is presented the great principle which should underlie all educational work. “The seed is the word of God.” But in too many schools of our day God’s word is set aside. Other subjects occupy the mind. The study of infidel authors holds a large place in the educational system. Skeptical sentiments are interwoven in the matter placed in school books. Scientific research becomes misleading, because its discoveries are misinterpreted and perverted. The word of God is compared with the supposed teachings of science, and is made to appear uncertain and untrustworthy. Thus the seeds of doubt are planted in the minds of the youth, and in time of temptation they spring up. When faith in God’s word is lost, the soul has no guide, no safeguard. The youth are drawn into paths which lead away from God and from everlasting life.

(The church wonders why the youth are leaving the church. Because they are no longer teaching them to stop sinning, be perfect and to keep the Ten Commandments for their eternal life. They are taught foolishness, “saved by grace” and “love of church” which does not teach them how to stop sinning and live the perfect life. The church has fallen. They have substituted entertainment for God’s Word.)

To this cause may in great degree be attributed the widespread iniquity in our world today. When the word of God is set aside, its power to restrain the evil passions of the natural heart is rejected. Men sow to the flesh, and of the flesh they reap corruption.

And here, too, is the great cause of mental weakness and inefficiency. In turning from God’s word to feed on the writings of uninspired men, the mind becomes dwarfed and cheapened. It is not brought in contact with deep, broad principles of eternal truth. The understanding adapts itself to the comprehension of the things with which it is familiar, and in this devotion to finite things it is weakened, its power is contracted, and after a time it becomes unable to expand.

All this is false education. The work of every teacher should be to fasten the mind of the youth upon the grand truths of the word of Inspiration. This is the education essential for this life and for the life to come.

And let it not be thought that this will prevent the study of the sciences, or cause a lower standard in education. The knowledge of God is as high as heaven and as broad as the universe. There is nothing so ennobling and invigorating as a study of the great themes which concern our eternal life. Let the youth seek to grasp these God-given truths, and their minds will expand and grow strong in the effort. It will bring every student who is a doer of the word into a broader field of thought, and secure for him a wealth of knowledge that is imperishable.

The education to be secured by searching the Scriptures is an experimental knowledge of the plan of salvation. Such an education will restore the image of God in the soul. It will strengthen and fortify the mind against temptation, and fit the learner to become a co-worker with Christ in His mission of mercy to the world. It will make him a member of the heavenly family; and prepare him to share the inheritance of the saints in light.

But the teacher of sacred truth can impart only that which he himself knows by experience. “The sower sowed his seed.” Christ taught the truth because He was the truth. His own thought, His character, His life-experience, were embodied in His teaching. So with His servants: those who would teach the word are to make it their own by a personal experience. They must know what it is to have Christ made unto them wisdom and righteousness and sanctification and redemption. In presenting the word of God to others, they are not to make it a suppose-so or a may-be. They should declare with the apostle Peter, “We have not followed cunningly devised fables when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eye-witnesses of His majesty.” 2 Peter 1:16. Every minister of Christ and every teacher should be able to say with the beloved John, “The life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and show unto you that eternal life which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us.” 1 John 1:2.{COL 33-43}

 

PRISON MISSION REPORT

Dear Brother in Christ,
I was given a chance to briefly look at the book you wrote called, “Change Your Life Biblically” by your ministry Jesus Christ Prison Ministry. The copy was kind of worn out and the study section was completed. I am wondering if you could mail me a copy. I’m about to finish up a couple of other Bible studies yet none of them speak as plainly as you do. Nor do they cover much history or delve into the so-called science of evolution. I would love to take a slow careful look at your work. I will pass it to others when I’ve completed it. Also, I want to ask you if I can copy and photo copy your study to share in group settings? This is so I don’t have to ask you for additional copies.
John, CA

Dear JCPM,
Would you please be so kind as too write to me? I am serving a seventeen year sentence for a bank robbery I didn’t commit and I need all the help I can get. My mother who died recently studied and practiced Buddhism and Christianity. My mother meant everything to me. Now that she is gone, I am all alone in the world.
Jon, CA

Hello JCPM,
I am currently serving a life sentence in California. A friend of mine shared with me a JCPM newsletter and told me I could receive a “Change Your Life Biblically” workbook. I would really appreciate it if you can please bless me with this wonderful gift so I can continue growing in the Word of God. Thank you so much for your time and may the Lord keep you all in His loving care.
Edwin, CA

Dear JCPM,
I’m a good Christian young man that follows Father God, Lord Jesus Christ everyday of my life. I am writing to ask if you would maybe have a Christian lady pen-pal to have as a friend to talk to. It is lonely in here. Would be very thankful to have a friend to talk to. If you have any Christian Bible studies to read, please send. I have been locked up a year now and I have 11 years left.
William, IN

Dear Ronald,
I am writing you in regards to your, one-of-a-kind, spiritual handbooks for an inmate such as myself. You sent me an intro issue and your letter in which I am extremely grateful that you really are actually corresponding personally Ronald. That is awesome. And that really shows a lot about your ministry and means a lot. Much like a home-cooked meal made by your own hands from scratch with love and care, right? I turned my life and will over to our Lord in December 2013. My worst day in Christ is way better than my best day living without Christ, 30 years of my life in the prison system living without God. I’m more than ready to serve Jesus. But first, I would need, “Change Your Life Biblically” book which I cannot afford right now.
Mario, CA

Dear Prison Ministry,
I’m an inmate in the Orange County jail. Could you please send me any of your Inspirational books, or any materials you have available? I want to surround my life with any books, pamphlets and literature on Jesus. I am P/C (protective custody) here and can’t attend church. So I was hoping you could mail the church to me.
Devon, CA

Hello,
I don’t got no money at da time to pay for da book, but I will send you some as soon as I get blessed with some. Can you please, please send me your book called, “Change Your Life Biblically”? I’d highly appreciate it and it will be a blessing.
Victor, CA

To Whom It May Concern:
I have your book, “Change Your Life Biblically”. I must say, it’s amazing. I’m still working on a much longer letter to send you that I should be sending you soon. I expect to be going home soon. Do you know of any churches in the area of Los Angeles that teach what Jesus commanded? Be perfect, stop sinning and keep all the commandments? I definitely need to keep contact with you, if that is OK with you? Do you hold any Bible studies over the net on Saturdays? (I wish there were people out there who would allow me to do that. But at this time, no one has requested a “Skype” Bible study.) If you haven’t already, I hope you do soon. I’m struggling to maintain, but I need and want to live out truth.
Sean, CA

Dear Brother Ronald,
Please find enclosed 10 First-Class Postage stamps for the “480 page workbook ‘Change Your Life Biblically’” and the “8 Steps” booklet. I am a new Christian and have been looking for a road map through the maze to Jesus Christ. I believe this may be what I’m searching for. I look forward to hearing from you soon.
Bill, CA

Dear Brother in Christ,
I am writing this letter in regards to your study book, “Change Your Life Biblically”. I’m due to get out in a year and being a gang drop out has changed my living situation a lot to where I want to give my life completely to God and trust in Him. I don’t have no one really writing me to encourage me to fight the good fight. What do I do? How long will it take to do the workbook and will there be stamped envelopes sent so I could send back my work? Thank for your time reading my request.
David, CA

 

Testimony for God's People

My Dear Family in Christ.

I am beginning a new series entitled “Testimony for God’s Children”. The Lord gave these testimonies so His Children would not go to sleep. The “watchmen on the wall” were to keep God’s children awake and busy preparing their lives with sanctification. But the church has neglected its job. Let us listen anew to God’s voice through His modern-day prophet.

I was shown the state of God’s professed people. Many of them were in great darkness, yet seemed to be insensible of their true condition. The sensibilities of a large number seemed to be benumbed in regard to spiritual and eternal things, while their minds seemed all awake to their worldly interests. Many were cherishing idols in their hearts and were practicing iniquity which separated them from God and caused them to be bodies of darkness. I saw but few who stood in the light, having discernment and spirituality to discover these stumbling blocks and remove them out of the way. Men who stand in very responsible positions at the heart of the work are asleep. Satan has paralyzed them in order that his plans and devices may not be discerned, while he is active to ensnare, deceive, and destroy.
And that was written in 1868. Do you understand now why God is desperate to get His truth out and wake you up?

Your church, for over 150 years, has only gotten sleepier, sleepier and sleepier. Satan now has totally paralyzed the denomination that God had called to warn the world. It no longer warns the world. It gives a few “Jesus is coming” sighs, and then continues to rest in peace. It has not only stopped teaching truth, it has now joined with the modern day Protestant churches in teaching the Catholic doctrine of “saved by grace” and other abominable teachings that Christ never taught.

Some who occupy the position of watchmen to warn the people of danger have given up their watch and recline at ease. They are unfaithful sentinels. They remain inactive, while their wily foe enters the fort and works successfully by their side to tear down what God has commanded to be built up. They see that Satan is deceiving the inexperienced and unsuspecting; yet they take it all quietly, as though they had no special interest, as though these things did not concern them. They apprehend no special danger; they see no cause to raise an alarm. To them everything seems to be going well, and they see no necessity of raising the faithful, trumpet notes of warning which they hear borne by the plain testimonies, to show the people their transgressions and the house of Israel their sins. These reproofs and warnings disturb the quiet of these sleepy, ease-loving sentinels, and they are not pleased. They say in heart, if not in words: “This is all uncalled for. It is too severe, too harsh. These men are unnecessarily disturbed and excited, and seem unwilling to give us any rest or quietude ‘Ye take too much upon you, seeing all the congregation are holy, every one of them.’ They are not willing that we should have any comfort, peace, or happiness. It is active labor, toil, and unceasing vigilance alone which will satisfy these unreasonable, hard-to-be-suited watchmen. Why don’t they prophesy smooth things, and cry: Peace, peace? Then everything would move on smoothly.”

And so it is. God raised up this little ministry to “disturb” your “peace and safety” while there is still time for you to change your life. For most of the church, they are lost and will not be able to change a lifetime of sinful habits. The devil has done his job well. The denomination has fallen. God is dictating and directing in this little ministry to wake you up, to bring you back to His teachings and to get you out of your slumbering church and denomination.

These are the true feelings of many of our people. And Satan exults at his success in controlling the minds of so many who profess to be Christians. He has deceived them, benumbed their sensibilities, and planted his hellish banner right in their midst, and they are so completely deceived that they know not that it is he. The people have not erected graven images, yet their sin is no less in the sight of God. They worship mammon. They love worldly gain. Some will make any sacrifice of conscience to obtain their object. God’s professed people are selfish and self-caring. They love the things of this world, and have fellowship with the works of darkness. They have pleasure in unrighteousness. They have not love toward God nor love for their neighbors. They are idolaters, and are worse, far worse, in the sight of God than the heathen, graven-image worshipers who have no knowledge of a better way.

How true that is. If you people would wake up and step outside of your little box-churches and open your eyes, you would see how far you have fallen. But the sow wallowing in its mud has no understanding of the beautiful lawn outside of its mud pit. All is well. Going to church is not leaving the world. The world and all of it’s Political Correctness has infiltrated the church. God has commanded that women, after sin, were to be under the headship of man. God does not allow woman to be a ‘leader’ of men. But the church, wanting to be like the world will now make woman equal to man and fulfil the desire of the devil. This is just the tip of the iceberg of PC that the church is falling down to. It has left off following and being obedient to Jesus. The “going to church on Saturday” is nothing more than a rotten eggshell to cover a multitude of wickedness.

Christ’s followers are required to come out from the world, and be separate, and touch not the unclean, and they have the promise of being the sons and daughters of the Most High, members of the royal family. But if the conditions are not complied with on their part, they will not, cannot, realize the fulfillment of the promise. A profession of Christianity is nothing in the sight of God; but true, humble, willing obedience to His requirements designates the children of His adoption, the recipients of His grace, the partakers of His great salvation. Such will be peculiar, a spectacle unto the world, to angels, and to men. Their peculiar, holy character will be discernible, and will distinctly separate them from the world, from its affections and lust.

But the lust of the prideful heart wants to be “equal” and to put itself above the law and requirements of God. How can the church be a peculiar, holy character “discernible” to the world when the church has invited the world inside? How can the church be a peculiar, holy character “discernible” to the world when the church has bowed down to the world so as not to offend the world.

I saw that but few among us answer to this description. Their love to God is in word, not in deed and in truth. Their course of action, their works, testify of them that they are not children of the light but of darkness. Their works have not been wrought in God, but in selfishness, in unrighteousness. Their hearts are strangers to His renewing grace. They have not experienced the transforming power which leads them to walk even as Christ walked. Those who are living branches of the heavenly Vine will partake of the sap and nourishment of the Vine. They will not be withered and fruitless branches, but will show life and vigor, and will flourish and bear fruit to the glory of God. They will be careful to depart from all iniquity and to perfect holiness in the fear of God.

However, that is not what the church wants. It does not want you to depart from all iniquity and to be perfect in the holiness and fear of God. If it taught that, there would be few in the church to fleece, have power over, rape spiritually and control. If you are sitting in the church, you are in direct violation of God’s message to His people today. “Come out of her, My people, lest you take part in her sins, lest you share in her plagues; for her sins are heaped high as heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities.” Revelation 18:4, 5.

Like ancient Israel the church has dishonored her God by departing from the light, neglecting her duties, and abusing her high and exalted privilege of being peculiar and holy in character. Her members have violated their covenant to live for God and Him only. They have joined with the selfish and world-loving. Pride, the love of pleasure, and sin have been cherished, and Christ has departed. His Spirit has been quenched in the church. Satan works side by side with professed Christians; yet they are so destitute of spiritual discernment that they do not detect him. They have not the burden of the work. The solemn truths they profess to believe are not a reality to them. They have not genuine faith. Men and women will act out all the faith which they in reality possess. By their fruits ye shall know them. Not their profession, but the fruit they bear, shows the character of the tree. Many have a form of godliness, their names are upon the church records; but they have a spotted record in heaven. The recording angel has faithfully written their deeds. Every selfish act, every wrong word, every unfulfilled duty, and every secret sin, with every artful dissembling, is faithfully chronicled in the book of records kept by the recording angel.

If you are supporting that church today, you will be held responsible for supporting Lucifer and the wicked. It doesn’t matter how “nice” the people are. It doesn’t matter how “good” the people are. “Good” and “nice” people are not going to heaven. Only perfect, sinless, Commandment keeping people are going to Heaven. Those called, “Saints”. “Here is a call for the endurance of the saints, those who keep the commandments of God and their faith in Jesus.” Revelation 14:12. Going to a church on Saturday does not make you a “saint”. Living the perfect, sinless and commandment keeping life makes you a “saint”.

Very many who profess to be servants of Christ are none of His. They are deceiving their souls to their own destruction. While they profess to be servants of Christ, they are not living in obedience to His will. “Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?” Many, while professing to be servants of Christ, are obeying another master, working daily against the Master whom they profess to serve. “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.”

The very pastors, teachers, leaders and educators of your church have fallen. They do not believe in Jesus and what He taught. But will you go up and look them in the eye and test them by asking, “Do you believe that we must stop sinning, be perfect and keep the Ten Commandments to get our eternal life?” 2 John 8-11. No you won’t. You know the answer already. You do not want to “make waves” or jeopardize your “standing” in the church. You have made the church your “god” and therefore you have lost your eternal life by breaking the 1st Commandment. You are a very good Sabbath keeping Catholic.

Earthly and selfish interests engage the soul, mind, and strength of God’s professed followers. To all intents and purposes they are servants of mammon. They have not experienced a crucifixion to the world, with its affections and lusts. But few among the many who profess to be Christ’s followers can say in the language of the apostle: “God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.” “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me.” If willing obedience and true love characterize the lives of the people of God, their light will shine with a holy brightness to the world.


To be continued next month.

 

Ministry News

Since we are on this topic of Sanctification, I would like to share an observation. I began understanding this concept a whole lot better when the Lord put me in prison. I found that it was easier to convert “pagans” to the truth than to try to convert those who had “church” experience. The pagans didn’t have to be “unlearned”. They eagerly accepted the truth as truth. While the “churched” people fought and fought the truth in order to hang on to their cherished opinions.

I would like to share the following letter with you from a “pagan” who read the book and has so easily accepted the truths of Jesus. How I wish and pray that each of you would be like “pagans” or as Jesus said, like little children, in accepting the teachings of Jesus as your truth.

Dear Brother Ron,
I hope and pray that you will let me be a part of this ministry. I believe that all inmates should hear the Word of God. “2nd Peter’s 8 Steps” is really helping me change my life and open my eyes to what it truly means to be a believer in the Bible. I would love nothing more than to get the Word of God to all prisoners, letting them know that they do not have to be bound by sin and can live a life acceptable to God by doing all that He commands. I am willing to give my life to this ministry doing all that I can letting everyone know the truth. The truth that will set them free. I look forward to studying the book, “Change Your Life Biblically” and receiving a certificate of completion. And if the Lord is willing, coming to be a part of this ministry. What I have been learning and how I have been putting it into my life.

Faith: Faith is not a belief but a way of life. I have faith that if I do what God wants me to do and follow His commands that He will reward me with a life in Heaven and in His presence. I have faith that if I do what is right and follow God’s laws that I will be accepted by God and be forgiven of my sins. How I applied this to my life. I have applied this to my life by practicing obedience to the commands of God living for Jesus and giving up the ways of the world and living righteously for the praise, honor and glory of the Lord. This study on faith has given me a whole new perspective of how to live faithfully, working out my faith. I am truly learning the meaning of living a life of faith. I had never really studied the Bible until I had a cellie ask me one day if I wanted to live in jails and prisons my whole life. I told him “no” so he asked me what I could do to fix my life. That was a good question that I had no answer to. So about a week later I asked him how he was going to fix his life. He handed me a Bible and some pamphlets and said Jesus was going to help him and that Jesus would help me too. All I had to do was follow Jesus’s law. This was four months ago. I have been reading and studying God’s Word since and living for Jesus for two months now. But this new look on faith has been an eye opener.

Goodness: I used to believe that all I had to do was call on the name of Jesus and ask Him into my heart and I was saved. But I couldn’t find this statement in the Bible anywhere. No one could tell me where to find it. But now I see why. It is a misinterpretation. It is the blind leading the blind and not getting the big picture. I was once told that once forgiven I was always forgiven for future sins and past sins alike, but that never made sense to me. It was like they were telling me that I could continue in sin. But that’s not what the Bible teaches. The Bible teaches that once you put to death the old nature, you are a new creature in Christ who strengthens you to overcome the sinful nature. Everyone that calls on the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness and stop sinning, not to continue sinning because we have forgiveness of sins. How I have applied this to my life. I have applied this to my life by doing what is right in the eyes of the Lord. Living in obedience to God helping people where I can. Living and striving to be like Jesus in all that I do. Putting the misdeeds of the body to death so that I might live in Christ Jesus. Three days ago someone asked me if I had a bar of soap. So I looked and the bar of soap I was using had maybe three showers left. But I had a whole bar unopened. I gave him the unopened bar and the next day someone got an early release and gave me five bars of soap.
Knowledge: I have learned that knowledge is the Word of God saves. It saves me from continuing the life of sin that I was living before I asked for forgiveness. Without the knowledge of knowing what not to do and how to live according to the Word of the Lord I could never be saved and accepted into the family of God. How I applied this to my life. I have applied this to my life by learning the Ten Commandments and following them. I am setting aside two hours a day to study and grow in the knowledge of the Lord.

Self-Control: Self-control is learning to control the desires of the flesh. If we continue in sin then we don’t abide in grace. Christ has separated us from sin as far as the East is from the West so we do not have to live in the sinful nature any longer. Once we came to God for forgiveness of sins, we were no longer bound by Satan but dead to sin through the power of Christ. We are purified just as Christ is pure. We are no longer to live in lawlessness but in righteousness for the honor and glory of God. We are alive to Christ through our obedience. Purified by obeying the truth. How I have applied this to my life. I have applied this to my life by refraining from sin and aligning myself with the will of God. No more cussing. No mor lying. No more deceitful words. No more hustling or gambling. Obeying the Word of God, living for Christ in all that I do in word and deed. Doing all for the glory of the Lord.

Perseverance. To acknowledge the fact that we need God in our lives and all that we do. Persevering in Self-control in all that we strive to do. I have learned to do away with all my sinful habits and desires and to give them to Jesus. To offer myself to slavery in righteousness that leads to holiness and to have the knowledge to not be misled or keep bad company because righteousness and wickedness have nothing in common. They are complete opposites. They are as different as night and day. Since I have started my walk with God, I have dropped all sorts of bad habits. I used to smoke weed and still have people come to me asking if I want to smoke. I tell them that I am preserving my body for the coming of the Lord. And I ask them if they want to study the Word of God with me. They just walk away with out saying anything. The people I used to hang around with and joke and talk about life and compare sins with, no longer talk to me cuz all I want to talk about is God and the Bible. I have learned to hate evil and love Good and to talk to those in sin and try to show them the good news of the Word of God. I have also learned that when we come to God humbling ourselves in humility and meekness, He lifts us up in His likeness and in His image, taking our burdens away. That it’s not what I think or feel, it’s what Jesus says to do. I have put myself to the test of following every word out of the mouth of God. How I have applied this to my life. I apply this to my life by persevering in righteousness and doing what is right. Living for Jesus and doing what He tells me to do in His Word. Staying hard at work for His glory in all things that I do. Doing it for Him who strengthens me. Cleaning up my act and sinful ways.

Godliness. Letting the Holy Spirit take up residence in the body temple. Letting the light of the Lord shine through us. Doing all that we can to help our neighbors in need. No matter what, to never forsake the commands of my God. To do as Jesus did while He was on the earth. To help the needy and to feed the hungry and to clothe the naked. How I apply this to my life. I do not do anything that would grieve the Holy Spirit. I try to live as Christ would live. The other day I noticed this 18 year old getting punked for his lunch tray. I went and stood up for him and gave him my tray. I probably should not have intervened because it caused a few problems with the people taking his tray. But when I first got to this facility, before I was accepted into Christ’s family, while I was still living in sin, I earned my respect so I got a free pass and now I have taken the kid under my wing. No one will be taking his trays. I try talking to him about the Bible, but I can’t force him to believe. I pray he will see the light one day.

Brotherly Kindness. Brotherly kindness is about serving others and to control the temper. I used to have a short fuse, getting mad over the simplest things. Always blaming others for my shortcomings. But now I take the time to listen and to reason so I can understand. I heard a few people talking in the dayroom when I walked by and they said, “There goes that new Bible thumper.” Then the other one said, “Yea, you wasn’t reading the Bible on the streets.” So I walked up to them mad, at first. My first instinct was to punch the first one in the face, then the second one. But instead I surprised myself and said, “you are right. I wasn’t reading the Bible on the streets. But thank God I am now. I would be happy to study the Bible with you if you want.” Later that night they came to my cell and we read some of “2nd Peter’s 8 Steps”. How I have applied this to my life. I try to be the peace makers and help wherever I can. When someone is in need, I do all I can to help that person get through whatever it is they are going through. I show everyone the same kindness and love especially to the family of believers.

Love. Love is to humble one’s self like Christ humbled Himself. To love everyone as Jesus loved us. To treat everyone equally. We need to live as Jesus lived. Live by His example and to die to self and sin so we can live in God and in righteousness. I have learned to die to myself and to take up my cross and follow God with my whole heart, mind, body and soul. Living only to please the Lord in all that I think for God’s glory. Thanking and praising God for opening my eyes to His wisdom in the understanding of His Word. To fear the Lord my God, walking in His ways, following His commands. Loving Him with all my heart, doing what I can for all people. Trying to bring them to the Word of God. Loving all people alike, hoping and praying that all lost souls find God and come to repentance. Following all the commands of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. I have applied this to my life showing everyone that same love, helping where I can and trying to bring the Word of God to all lost souls around me. To the people I used to hang out with I am writing them letters letting them know that God is good and wishing they would change their ways and come to repentance following His commandments.
Sherman, TN

I pray that each of you will not let your past church experience, propaganda, brainwashing, feelings and attachments keep you from looking carefully at who your “god” really is. If you are obeying your church, your church has become your god. If you are obeying Jesus and His commands to stop sinning, be perfect and keep the Ten Commandments to get your eternal life, then Jesus has become your God.

The ministry car blew a head gasket. More trials and frustrations. Character building opportunities! I want to thank each of you for your love and kindness in supporting this little ministry of God’s. With your continued help we will be able to reach 3000 inmates this year. Your crowns will be radiant with stars. Let Heaven rejoice!

Love in Christ,


Ron