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The Enemy Knows His Time is Short

The Power of Darkness

True Love

Standing for God

The Righteous and the Wicked

Beware of False Prophets!

It is Time to Wake Up!

We Have an Enemy

Is Your Name Written in Heaven?

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March 30, 2018

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15-21 Nisan 5778 / 30 March -6 April 2018

Posted: 14 Nisan 5778 / 30 March 2018

Tonight is the commemoration of the Feast of Passover, which is also the first night of the Feast of Unleavened Bread. It is a very important Holy Day for Jewish people, and also for Christians who remember this time.

It was on the evening of Passover, after Jesus had shared that very special meal with His disciples, that He was handed over to the enemy by one of His chosen disciples, Judas Iscariot, in fulfillment of prophecy.
 
Luke 22:14-22 "And when the hour was come, He sat down, and the twelve apostles with Him. And He said unto them, With desire I have desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer: For I say unto you, I will not any more eat thereof, until it be fulfilled in the kingdom of God. 

And He took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, Take this, and divide it among yourselves: For I say unto you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine, until the kingdom of God shall come. 

And He took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is My body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of Me. Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in My blood, which is shed for you.

But, behold, the hand of him that betrayeth Me is with Me on the table. And truly the Son of man goeth, as it was determined: but woe unto that man by whom He is betrayed!"

Jesus' great sacrifice, when He gave His precious life in order to redeem mankind from sin, death, and the power of Darkness, is something I will always remember. There are those who like to continually portray the horrible way in which Jesus was murdered, but our primary focus should be that Jesus is no longer on the cross (metaphorically), nor in the grave, but He is Alive! And as true Christians we should live our lives for Him!

But God's people have gotten so far away from God and His Holy Word. Sadly, so many churches are no longer representing the true Jesus Christ, but God always has the appropriate answers for any occasion.
 
Matthew 13:25 "But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way."

I see so many ways where God's people are being led into the Darkness, and for those who refuse to come to the Light, and be honest with God, they will not be able to see where Satan has an influence in their life.

For those who have "eyes to see," they know we are living in the final days right before the return of Jesus Christ, and I must proclaim, Woe, woe be unto those who call themselves Christian, yet do not follow Christ!
 
Romans 13:11-12 "And that, knowing the Time, that now it is high Time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. The Night is far spent, the Day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of Darkness, and let us put on the armour of Light."

Most people don't like to think that they could be listening to the lies of the Devil, but if you are a Christian, and reject the Truth, you will remain in the Darkness of sin, all the while dying inside and not knowing why.
 
I Corinthians 11:27-32 "Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the LORD, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the LORD.

But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup. For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the LORD'S body. For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep.

For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged. But when we are judged, we are chastened of the LORD, that we should not be condemned with the world."

The LORD Shall Judge His People, and He is the only One who will determine the eternal destiny of men, but God has directed His people to "watch and pray," and not to forsake "the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching." 

I would like to share a revealing quote from a popular "Christian" author that I have always had great reservations about. The words of this man, as stated here, proves to me exactly why I stand in doubt of him.

"It is not for us to say who, in the deepest sense, is or is not close to the spirit of Christ. We do not see into men's hearts. We cannot judge... It would be wicked arrogance for us to say that any man is, or is not, a Christian." C. S. Lewis

Those are certainly not the words of a man that is "close to the spirit of Christ." And for C. S. Lewis to claim that it is "wicked arrogance for us to say that any man is, or is not, a Christian," is totally against God's word.

God has given all power and authority to His beloved son, Jesus Christ, and Jesus' words clearly refute the words of C. S. Lewis. Prayerfully consider the Words of the true Christ.
 
Matthew 12:37 "For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned."

Luke 6:45 "A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh."

Consider what God said through the Apostle John, one of the disciples that was closest to the LORD Jesus Christ while He walked this earth.
 
1 John 4:1-6 "Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.

Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:

And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.

Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world.

They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them.

We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error."

The Word of God, is under attack like never before, and some of the most deliberate attempts to pervert the Gospel of Christ, is "The Message" of Eugene Peterson, and "The Purpose Driven Life" of Rick Warren. And what's so appalling, is that these false teachers have the support of so many Christian ministries and individual Christians!

It is Time for God's people to renounce the hidden works of Darkness! It is Time to expose all the ways in which the Wicked One has wormed his way into the Church of the LORD Jesus Christ!

It is Time to defend the true Gospel. But will you leave it for someone else to do? Or worse, will you just pretend that there is not a problem, and let the Devil, and his evil workers, continue to have their way?

God is searching for those who are willing to stand up for Him and His beloved Son, but the question remains: Who is going to Heed the Call?
 
Isaiah 6:8 “Also I heard the Voice of the LORD, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us? Then said I, Here Am I; send me."

God has allowed me to write poems over the years, and they are always related to something that has happened to me in this world, but they have a much higher meaning behind it. I would like to share this poem that I wrote many years ago, entitled “The Gift.”

"The Gift

When I gave you the Gift, due to the birth of the King,

I truly felt that It would bring you great joy and delight.

I also imagined that you would display It in a place for all to see,

But obviously that was not to be Its plight.

And when you kept It hid away and out of plain sight,

I was greatly disappointed that It was not as important to you,

as It was to Me.

Maybe It wasn’t’ for you what you thought It would be?


The things of the world will indeed fade away and be diminished,

And only what God has given will matter when all is finished.

So it’s best to keep in mind that only the things of heaven

will last and be forever,

And what you do for the LORD Jesus Christ will be applied to that treasure.

God most certainly takes into account all that we do in this present life,

And depending on what we do with His Word

Will either bring us joy or brings us strife.


And as the LORD reveals the true condition of our hearts,

We must totally submit to Almighty God if we are smart.

So that He can cleanse, and purify, and remove all that is evil,

But should we refuse we will be guilty of serving the Devil!


Never forget that what The Father has given

is much more important to procure,

And could be taken away from those who do not keep It secure.

The Gift of God’s Spirit should be protected

With our very own life, and cherished, and honored, and adored,

As a man should be toward his wife.


And if we ever willfully ignore God’s Voice and speak evil of Him,

We will most certainly be in danger of blasphemy the sin,

That could cause us to be eternally separated from Them,

Who have prepared the Way for all men

To be a part of God’s Family."

C. Read 1/24/1995


One last passage I hope you will prayerfully consider:
 
1 Corinthians 2:7-9 “But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory: 

Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the LORD of glory. 

But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him.”

Who would think that the crucifixion of our LORD would bring us The Gift of eternal life? Satan and his ministers didn’t understand it. But, for those of us who are "Real Christians," we do, don’t we?

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March 9, 2018

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9 March 2018 / 23 Adar 5778

Who is this Enemy?

Do you know him?

He knows who YOU are.

But he does NOT want you to know who he is!


I would like to clarify who this adversary is:

He is that old serpent, the devil, and Satan who hates my God and His saints.

He is a very powerful foe!

He is the second-highest power!

He has much authority here on earth.

He can kill!

He can steal!

And he can destroy people’s lives!

And THAT is his primary objective.

His target is God’s people! 

You may not be able to see him, 

but he works in the children of disobedience.

So don’t underestimate his abilities. 

And don’t think for a minute

that he won’t try any way he can to get to you. 

He is very sly, wily, crafty, and cunning. 

And he uses underhanded and calculated methods 

to secretly introduce his lies and deceptions.

And he can only operate in darkness! 


For the most part people do not give Satan credit 

For many of the things that he does.

And he prefers it that way.

He masquerades as a Christian.

He pretends that he loves the Lord Jesus.

He pretends that he serves the Lord Jesus.

He claims that he would die for the Lord Jesus.

And he uses unholy wicked men to make these proclamations

through the spirit of the anti-Christ!

He has deceived many people!

And he is working very hard these days.

Because he KNOWS his time is coming to a close very soon!

You will know that is true 

Because the world will get more and more wicked

As you see the Day approaching.


Most people do not acknowledge God

And give Him credit for what He does either.

You may not be able to see Him,

But He works in the children of obedience.

So don’t underestimate His power and abilities either.

And don’t think for a minute that He won’t save those

Who truly love and belong to Him.

He is very loving,

Kind, 

Gentle,

Compassionate,

Merciful,

And so forgiving.

He is truly an awesome God!

He uses honesty,

Sincerity,

And truth to present Himself to us.

And there is only One Way that He can come into your life.

That doorway is Jesus Christ!

And He can only operate in the Light!


It has been twenty-five years since God delivered from the Power of Darkness. Praise God! For three years, I had been in a Bible Study group that turned out to be a cult. But on 28 February 1993, God opened my eyes to who they were.

Two years later, on 2 March 1995, I published my testimony of “Walking With the Enemy.” And I will forever be indebted to my Lord and Saviour for releasing the chains that bound me, and for giving me “eyes to see” the truth.

For four years, the leaders of the group tried to get me back, until they finally gave up. They were hoping that I would allow the sin of pride and self-righteousness to blind my eyes again, so I would not be able to recognize who they served.

They were ACTUAL ministers of Satan. Wolves in sheep’s clothing!

They used the Holy Bible, even the King James Version, to teach their perversion of the “truth.”

I grew to love them.

I fully trusted them.

But I was DECEIVED by them.

Had I remained with them after the truth was revealed I would have forfeited my relationship with the one, true, and living God. And I pray that will never happen!

In closing, I would like to share with you this story about one of my little girls and a stranger. This lady had come to my home to deliver some vegetables that I had bought from her. As we were standing in my kitchen, my three-year-old little daughter looked up to this woman and asked her very innocently,
“Are you going to Heaven?”

It was so unexpected by both of us! But I loved it! I could tell by the expression on the lady's face that those words cut right to her heart! All she could say, with much uncertainty in her voice. “I hope so.”

THE ENEMY KNOWS HIS TIME IS SHORT! And he will try to lead more and more people to follow him. Please seriously ponder this question in your hearts: “Are YOU going to Heaven?”

I truly hope so!

You all are in my prayers! 

With the love of Christ,
C. Read

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February 26, 2018

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Devotional for 26 February 2018 / 11 Adar 5778

Satan is alive and well, and he is very active in the world today. He knows that his time is short, and he will use whosoever is available, whether they be good or evil, to carry out his evil deeds. I have included an excerpt from my book “Walking With the Enemy: A Testimony,” to help shine a little “light” on how the Devil is able to use unsuspecting people who are unaware of his evil ways to do his bidding.

The following excerpt is taken from the Fifth edition of my book, published in June 2015, but was also included in the First Edition that was published in March 1995. For those who have not read my testimony, Ira was one of the leaders of the Bible Study group I had been involved with for three years, and I wrote this letter to her after God revealed that they were not Real Christians, as the leaders of this group had professed to be.

Excerpt “Walking With the Enemy: A Testimony,” by C. Read
 
“The following letter will further prove that the Lord God Almighty will use whatever the devil intends for evil and turn it around for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purposes.

8 March 1994

Dear Ira,

I was a little presumptuous about that being my final letter to you, and after receiving the article entitled, “The Holy Spirit Versus Demon Spirit Guides,” in the mail, I feel led to respond. Since you didn’t include your own comments (but highlighted certain sections), I can only assume you are still contending that I am the one who’s being controlled by demonic spirits.

I must say that, in a way, I am delighted that you would think that of me, especially since they also used to wrongfully accuse my Lord and Master of the same thing. But I am equally disappointed because it shows me that you are still walking with the enemy, and completely under his control.

Ira, you have to know it would be so much easier if I’d just put all of you out of my mind, and not be concerned about anything in connection with you or Bill’s ministry, but the Lord has not allowed me to do that.

My ultimate desire in all of this is for the truth to be made known in regard to the tactics of the enemy, so as to free God’s people from the bondage of sin and Satan. And then, “we the people” of God, can truly serve and worship Him in the manner in which He so deserves.

You probably will never openly admit that Bill’s Bible study group is a cult, but I am very certain of it, especially since I was personally involved with all of you for three years. I just praise God that He didn’t allow me to gain knowledge of the very depths of Satan, but just enough to know and understand many of his deceptive ways.

Even though you were secretive about many things, I was always very open and honest with you about everything. Of course, you tried to lead me to believe that I was your trusted friend, so as to obtain information from me, but now it’s quite apparent that you had ulterior motives.

After I joined the group, I was led to the following passage of scripture. But Satan was always one step ahead of me in order to dissuade me from seeing the truth of the word of God. I praise God that His truth has prevailed in my life!

2 Corinthians 11:3–4 “But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.

For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or [if] ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with [him].”

Because of my misunderstanding and lack of knowledge, I didn’t realize that just because a man claims that Jesus Christ is his Lord and Savior, and he would lay down his life for Him, doesn’t mean he’s referring to the only begotten Son of the most high God.

Because of my misunderstanding and lack of knowledge, I didn’t realize or even understand what it meant to receive another spirit. But due to my affiliation with Bill’s ministry, I was exposed to many other spirits that were quite contrary to the Spirit of the most high God.

Because of my misunderstanding and lack of knowledge, I didn’t realize that a man could claim to be anointed by God, sent to preach and proclaim the truth, yet preach another gospel while using the holy Bible to distort and pervert the word of the most high God.

Since we did not serve the same Jesus, our relationship could not remain the same after the truth was revealed during our meeting on 2 March 1993. Had I stayed with the Bible study group after that, I would have forfeited my relationship with the one, true, and living God.

The shroud of secrecy and deception has been removed, and I now understand why many things occurred as they did. Since I’ve been away from Bill’s ministry the Lord has been revealing to me the many ways that Satan has control of people without them even being aware of it.

The Lord has brought to my attention the various ways that Satan is able to introduce his demonic spirits through the medium of television and motion pictures. Some seemingly innocent and wholesome programs are tainted with evil so as to acquaint children and adults alike with demonic spirits.

Just to give you an example: this past weekend I watched a movie with my children called “Free Willy.” By all outward appearances, it was a nice little movie about a whale called Willy, certainly nothing to be alarmed about, or so I thought. But I should have known something was wrong due to the unusual fascination my children had for this movie; but I just dismissed it.

When I found out that one of my girls was willing to lie so as to encourage me to buy the movie in the first place, I really should have known something was wrong, but I dismissed that too.

When I discovered that a music video with (ungodly music) was at the beginning of the movie, I assumed that’s why I had a problem with it, so I just had them fast-forward that part. But not until I watched the entire movie did I finally understand why I had the nagging doubts.

The scene that I was most concerned about is where the little orphan boy has learned how to repeat an incantation that he hopes will give Willy the power to jump over the wall to freedom. Of course, it worked, and Willy was free! And everybody was happy!

But the movie didn’t explain, or even lead you to believe, that this occult practice of chanting can teach unsuspecting viewers how to conjure up evil spirits, and prepares them to be very accepting of these demon spirit guides.

Most people don’t even recognize this as something to be concerned about, because their minds have been so conditioned to be accepting of this kind of evil, thus they unwisely regard it as harmless.

But because the Lord has been giving me insight into this sort of thing, I know this subtle tactic of the enemy will enable Satan to control people’s thoughts and actions by the use of these demonic spirits. Which is why this is very important to understand and to be extremely cautious of.

Because this practice is so prevalent in every aspect of our society, we have been reaping the effects of this sin in our land. It’s very evident that something is terribly wrong, and it can no longer be ignored! If it is not acknowledged, the people of this nation, and the world, will continue to be distressed by this evil and wickedness.

When you hear of someone, whether a child or an adult, committing a despicable act of violence, you can be certain demonic spirits were involved. And part of the problem is that the perpetrator may have no recollection of it, nor understand how they could have committed such a terrible thing. And in many cases, the demonic spirits that they are controlled by will lead them to take their own lives after they have carried out the horrible deeds of the devil.

[This was in the first edition of my book in March 1995, and many of the concerns I addressed then are even more prevalent today.]

(Almost two and half years after I first published my book, the horrifying school shooting took place in Pearl, Mississippi by a demonically possessed man on 1 October 1997. And more recently, the horrific murderous attack on innocent children in Florida on 14 February 2018, was also inspired by the devil.)

God’s people need to wake up before it’s too late! The scripture that says, “My people perish for lack of knowledge” is so true, but the wonderful thing about it, is that God is exposing the many evils of Satan in order to give His people the opportunity to stand apart from the wickedness of sin.

In fact, the main purpose behind this letter or any other letter that I’ve written since the Lord God Almighty delivered me from the power of darkness is to share the truth of what God has revealed to me concerning my walk with the enemy, so as to warn others.”

End of excerpt of “Walking With the Enemy: A Testimony,” by C. Read.

I have been trying to warn others for almost twenty-five years by sharing my testimony with whosoever would like to read it. The anniversary of when God delivered me from the Power of Darkness is coming up, and it is a Day that I will never forget! I will forever be indebted to my Lord God Almighty for saving me from those who sought to destroy me and my family; and I am so thankful to God for giving me eyes that can truly see!

In closing, I would like to share an article I recently came across entitled: “The First and Final Deception,” that validates my great concerns about the prevalence of demonic spirit guides—even in churches! This article, dated 9 September 2017, was written by Lighthouse Trails author Berit Kjos. (lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/)

Excerpt from “The First and Final Deception:”

“Unfortunately, what we are experiencing today is a synthesis of the “I am God” ideology and accelerating occult activity. In fact, the two are inextricably linked together in that they have the same source—the demonic realm. Aleister Crowley, who promoted the ancient occult maxim “as above, so below” (i.e., man and creation are equal to God and the heavenly realms), also mobilized the youth of the hippie era with his own maxim, “Do what thou wilt” as being the whole of the law.

This maxim was then propagated to the mass youth of the sixties with the expression, “Do your own thing.” Today, we have a similar onslaught from Hell that is destined to be even more devastating to children and teens as they attempt to incorporate their notion of divinity within by practicing “divine powers,” all the while being caught in the web of self, pride, deceit, and occult manifestations.

You may remember December 14th, 2012 when a horrific event took place in America. A young tormented demonized man walked into an elementary school in Connecticut and shot and killed twenty children, six adults, then himself. It shocked and shook the nation. Less than twenty-four hours after the event, then President Barak Obama, and others in government, raised the gun control issue, believing that if there is enough gun control, such atrocities wouldn’t happen.

Tragically, what most do not realize is that we have turned this country into an esoteric New Age society, and the “fruit” of it is rearing its ugly grotesque face more now than ever. And these violent crimes committed by young people are only going to increase, especially if most people don’t realize what the true source of such incredible violence is.

What should Christian families do? Should we hide ourselves and our loved ones from the world’s charms and ills, or should we shine our light, work while it is day, and speak the truth in love and in boldness?

Of course, even if we wanted to, we really couldn’t hide. And though we heed God’s call to pray, study His Word, love one another in Christ, and reach out to the lost, we still can’t stop today’s rapid spread of evil. Yet Christian families can make a huge difference in the lives of untold numbers of seekers, if we let God use us to spread His light in a world growing darker by the minute. We need to show our children how to be in the world but not of the world.

We can be God’s ambassadors in an increasingly corrupt land, but we cannot allow its darkness to quench His light in us. We can demonstrate God’s concern for the poor, but we can’t compromise with a counterfeit social gospel and New Age solutions.

Let us pray that He fill us with His wisdom, compassion, patience, and love. And may God bless you as you work to accomplish His will at home with your own children and grandchildren.

“As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving. (Colossians 2:6-7)”


End of excerpt from “The First and Final Deception.”

In “The Message” of Eugene H. Peterson (Matthew 6:9-13), he uses the New Age term “as above, so below,” and for those who have read my views, they know I am absolutely opposed to his blasphemous book! To my great dismay, the whole “Christian world” has accepted his "message" as the Word of God!

Satan has been systematically taking over the churches, and I see that he has gained access to most Christian denominations. Only through the power of God working among those who are truly submitted to Him can the churches be cleansed of the evil that is so prevalent in these final days. And it is my sincere prayer that the “sleeping giants” will wake up before it is too late!

You all at this Real Christian community are in my prayers!

With the love of Christ,
C. Read

 

 

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February 9, 2018

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Devotional for Friday 9 February 2018 / 25 Shevat 5778

All of us have an inner desire to love and to be loved. And only true love that lasts forever comes from God. He purposefully meant it to be that way, so that if we ever left Him out of our lives we would realize that something was missing, and hopefully we would go searching for Him.

I am so sorry to say that most people are looking for the love and joy that only God can give in all the wrong places. Some try to fill that void with alcohol, drugs, wrong relationships, a thirst for power, and a love for money, and the things that money can buy.

But God has said in 1 John 2:15-17: 

“Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 

For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. 

And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.”

There is a place in our hearts that only God can fill, but many times, we can let the blessings that God has given to us take His place. God has given us so many things to love, some of which includes, family, friends, our pets, our children, and even chocolate, but our love for God must be first. That way our love for others, and even strangers, will be genuine.
 
Matthew 22:37-40 “Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 

This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”
That passage is recorded in the New Testament, but Jesus was quoting from the Old in Deuteronomy chapter six. Later on in that same passage, God was warning His people that after He saved them from their enemies, and blessed them with houses and lands, and vineyards, and plenty of food and clothing, to be careful not to forget Him. But as we see from history, they did.

Thankfully, God continues to give men the opportunity to receive His love, through His Son, the LORD Jesus Christ. But even now, sadly, people still forget God, and refuse to allow Him to be a part of their daily lives.

Here’s a very familiar Scripture passage that is so beautiful to me.
 
John 3:16-17 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved.”
As God has allowed me to understand more fully, what took place as He watched His Son, Jesus live out His time here on this earth, the hardest thing for me to deal with is the pain and anguish that I am sure our Father went through as He stood by and watched as they made a mockery of His dear Son.

Can you imagine what it must have been like? Who would even consider giving up their only son with the knowledge that he was going to be ridiculed and laughed at by the entire world, beaten almost to the point of death, and nailed to a cross as a criminal, even though He was perfectly innocent?

But God knew it all! In fact, He planned it all! He knew that Jesus’ sacrifice was the only way to win the ultimate victory over sin, and death, and Satan. That’s what God’s love is all about. To love someone so much that you are willing to give up everything that you are, everything that you own, and even your very life, so as to prove your love. What an awesome God He is!

There is a passage in Revelation chapter 3 where Jesus is addressing His displeasure with the Laodicean church.

They thought they were doing just fine, but they weren’t. Pride had set in and they were not able to see their condition. God said that they were “wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked.” They did not defend the truth, nor did they stand against the lies. And God said because they were lukewarm He would spew them out of His mouth!

But he loved them! And that’s why God was willing to show them the things that He disapproved of. And I am just so thankful that God is long-suffering and patient with His people.

Jesus said to this church in Laodicea:
 

Revelation 3:20-22 “As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear My voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with Me. 

To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with Me in My throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with My Father in His throne. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.”

May all of us continually examine ourselves to see if we are truly pleasing to God according to His holy word. And it is my sincere prayer that God will abundantly bless you with His true love as you live your life for Him !

With the love of Christ,
C. Read

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February 4, 2018

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Standing for God

Devotional for Friday

I have noted a few passages that I hope will be an encouragement to those who are standing for God. Our adversary, the Devil, is very active these days, and we need to be diligent, keep our eyes open, and our swords sharpened.

2 Timothy 3:12 "Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.

2 Timothy 3:13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.

2 Timothy 3:14 But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them;

2 Timothy 3:15 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.

2 Timothy 3:16 All scripture [is] given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

2 Timothy 3:17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works."

The Word of God is our hope, our strength, and our true defense, and we must never forget that Jesus Christ, the living word, is the only Savior! This next passage will help us keep a check on our heart...

1 Corinthians 13:1 "Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.

1 Corinthians 13:2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.

1 Corinthians 13:3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.

1 Corinthians 13:4 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,

1 Corinthians 13:5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;

1 Corinthians 13:6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;

1 Corinthians 13:7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.

1 Corinthians 13:8 Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.

1 Corinthians 13:9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.

1 Corinthians 13:10 But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.

1 Corinthians 13:11 When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.

1 Corinthians 13:12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.

1 Corinthians 13:13 And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity. "

Only last passage that I hope will encourage you to keep standing for God.

Ephesians 6:10 "Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might.

Ephesians 6:11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

Ephesians 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

Ephesians 6:13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

Ephesians 6:14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

Ephesians 6:15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

Ephesians 6:16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

Ephesians 6:17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

Ephesians 6:18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

Ephesians 6:19 And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,

Ephesians 6:20 For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak...

Ephesians 6:23 Peace be to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Ephesians 6:24 Grace be with all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen."

God bless and keep you my dear brothers and sisters in the LORD! May God be with you and your loved ones!

P.S. And I am so thankful to see that Pastor Arnie visited with us. Even though I haven't heard from you, my dearest, friend in such awhile, it is such a blessing to know you are still with us!

You ALL are in my prayers--always!

With the love of Christ,
C. Read

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January 27, 2018

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The Righteous and the Wicked

Devotional for Friday (Posted 28 January 2018 / 12 Shevat 5778)

When you look at the wickedness and perversions taking place all around us it can be extremely disheartening. It’s as if the dragon has been unbound from his chains, and has been released from the bottomless pit! It is especially unsettling when the perpetrators and enablers of such evil acts claim to be Christians! For those of us who know the truth, we know they are imposters and certainly are not followers of the LORD Jesus Christ!

As Real Christians, it is imperative that we must “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.

But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you. To Him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.” 1 Peter 5:9-11

I am absolutely convinced that we are living in the final days just before the return of the LORD, “when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with His mighty angels, In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: 

Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of His power; When He shall come to be glorified in His saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day.” 2 Thessalonians 1:7b-10

It saddens me to think about all the people, especially my fellow Christians, that are deceived by the Wicked One. It is my sincere hope that God’s people will come to the “Light” so they can see the truth and get out from under Satan’s control and dominion. Please prayerfully consider this excerpt from my book “Walking With the Enemy.”

“So many professing Christians today are conformed to the ways of the world, rather than the ways of God. Sin is the doorway into the darkness, and if you walk in sin long enough, it will lead to a place you really don’t want to be!

Remember, good and evil are rooted from the same tree, but godliness comes only from the tree of life. And unless men delight completely in the word of God, and are “born again” by His Spirit, they will never be able to put forth their hand, “and take of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever.” 

False teachers, corrupt Bibles, and disorderly churches are abounding, just like God said it would be like in the final days. And only those who have “eyes to see” and “ears to hear” will truly understand the times we are living in.

God’s people have wandered off the intended path because their faith is in the word of men, and not the word of God. And I must say, woe, woe, woe be unto those who call themselves Christian, yet do not follow Christ!

There is still time to come to the Lord, and only those who are walking in the True Light, with their candles brightly shining, will Jesus welcome into His kingdom when He comes for His glorious bride. [Matthew 25:1–13.]”
End of excerpt.

Just as a banker will study the actual currency to recognize a counterfeit, for those who desire to walk in the truth (and not error), it is so important that we remain diligent to read and study the Holy Scriptures, with a sincere heart and a prayerful attitude towards God and His dear Son, the LORD Jesus Christ.

If something doesn’t seem right, question it. If what someone tells you about God appears to contradict His word, don’t blindly accept it. As God's people, we must be like the men and women of Berea, “in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.” Acts 17:11b

Satan must be subtle in order to deceive God’s people. Even the slightest error, if it continues, will get you further and further away from where God wants you to be, and into the Darkness where Satan wants to lead you. Please consider this important passage from the book of Malachi.
 

Malachi 3:15 “And now we call the proud happy; yea, they that work wickedness are set up; yea, they that tempt God are even delivered. 

Malachi 3:16 Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before Him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon His name. 

Malachi 3:17 And they shall be Mine, saith the LORD of hosts, in that day when I make up My jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him. 

Malachi 3:18 Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth Him not.”
Only God can give us “eyes to see” the truth of who truly belongs to God and who does not. I pray that you will be among the righteous on that day when Jesus comes to destroy this earth and take His people home to that wonderful place that He has prepared for all who love and worship only Him!
 

Malachi 4:1 “For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch. 

Malachi 4:2 But unto you that fear My name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in His wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall. 

Malachi 4:3 And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, saith the LORD of hosts. 

Malachi 4:4 Remember ye the law of Moses My servant, which I commanded unto him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments. 

Malachi 4:5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD: 

Malachi 4:6 And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.”

May God have mercy on the innocent children until their fathers wake up to how Satan has weakened the churches, and the nations! (See Isaiah 14:12-17.) And until men repent, and turn their hearts back to God, will they be able to “discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth Him not!”

You all are in my prayers—always!

With the love of Christ,
C. Read

 

 

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January 5, 2018

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Beware of False Prophets!

Devotional for Friday ~ 5-6 January 2018 / 19-20 Tevet 5778

1 Timothy 4:1 "Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;"

Matthew 24:24 "For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect."

I don’t think there is any doubt among those who are watching that we are living in the “latter times.” Jesus even warned His disciples in His day, "Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in My name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many." Matthew 24:4b-5

I used to believe, in my youthful ignorance, that if someone claimed to be a Christian, I would not even question their profession, but according to God’s word, as Real Christians, we must test all things by the word of God, as we are led by the Spirit of God.

1 John 4:1 "Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world."

I was once deceived in a major way many years ago, and the only reason why I am still standing is because I truly loved God back then, and I still do today! I know that I am not beyond being deceived should I allow the sin of pride and self-righteousness to creep back into my life, and I earnestly pray that I won’t ever allow that to happen again!

1 Corinthians 10:12 "Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall."

The Scriptures reveal that the "final days" will be marked by great deception, even among the "elect" or chosen of God. This is why we, as Christians, must remain vigilant and keep a check on our hearts and our true intentions. And realize that only the incorruptible Word of God can expose "the thoughts and intents of the heart."

Hebrews 4:12 “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”

Sadly, there are those who hate God, and love their sin and unrighteousness; and for those who have totally rejected God and His truth, He will allow them to believe the lies and live out their wickedness unto their own damnation.

2 Thessalonians 2:10 “And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.

And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.”

For those who truly love God, and desire to walk in His truth, God will do whatever it takes to get through to us if we are innocently believing the lies and deceptions of the Devil. I am just so thankful for God’s grace, mercy, forgiveness, and long-suffering until we get there!

Soon before Jesus was crucified, Peter begged Him not to go to Jerusalem because he knew it would be the death of Him. But had Peter known, and understood the TRUTH, that he was actually listening to the Devil at that moment, he would not have tried to stop Jesus from fulfilling prophecy.

Mark 8:31-33 “And He [Jesus] began to teach them, that the Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders, and of the chief priests, and scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. And He spake that saying openly.

And Peter took Him, and began to rebuke Him. But when He had turned about and looked on His disciples, He rebuked Peter, saying, Get thee behind Me, Satan: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but the things that be of men.”

Peter was no match against the Devil, and neither are we! But Peter was still trusting in himself, rather than fully trusting His Saviour, and because Peter did not understand how weak he was without Christ, he was able to deny the LORD, just like Jesus said he would. Undoubtedly, Peter was very deceived in his thinking, but there is no denying his great love for Jesus!

If you are of the opinion that a person can't be deceived unless they want to be, as some people claim, then I say YOU are deceived. But I won’t say your love for God is not true, as a man once said to me. To be deceived is not the sin, but it is if you hold onto the lie after you know the truth in your heart.

For those of us who truly love God, and His Truth, God WILL expose the lies and deceptions that Satan and his evil workers try to lead God’s people into believing. And for those who are in Satan's web of deception, please realize that only the truth of God's Word, not men's opinions, will set them free!

Only those men and women who have God’s Holy Spirit residing within them will know God’s wisdom, and have accurate judgement. And true faith in Jesus Christ is vital in order to be able to “discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth Him not.”

Christians can be susceptible to an evil influence, if they have a divided heart, or if they value the words of men over the word of God. And what is even worse is if a Christian falls under the evil influence of those who serve the Devil, but claim to be of God. That is a very dangerous place indeed, but I see that many well meaning Christians are in the very place that I used to be!

2 Corinthians 11:13-15 "For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.

Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works."

I was a target of the Devil, mainly because of my genuine love for the LORD, and my desire to worship God in Spirit and in Truth. And because I fully trusted those who falsely claimed to be "Christians," I was adversely affected and greatly misled by their false teachings. That is, until God rescued me!

Even when I was walking with the Enemy, my love for God was growing stronger every day because my love for Him was true from the very beginning. And when I look back on that time, and see what God did for me, in spite of what the Devil intended, I have such an overwhelming love and gratitude in my heart for God. And I believe I always will!

The more I know God through His word, by prayer, and by His Spirit, the more I love Him. The more I love God, the more I want to please Him. And as I continue to experience God's love and grace in my life, my love for God, His dear Son, and His people grows stronger. I pray that is your testimony too!

1 John 4:19 "We love Him, because He first loved us."

One last passage that I hope you will ponder:

1 Peter 1:17-25 "And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man's work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear:

Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;

But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:

Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,

Who by Him do believe in God, that raised Him up from the dead, and gave Him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.

Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently:

Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.

For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away:

But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you."

I pray that you will earnestly seek God and ask Him to show you any area in your life that is contrary to God's word and is not pleasing to Him. And may you be willing to repent of any sin that He brings to your attention, and forsake anything that is not of Him! God bless and keep you and your loved ones as you walk with the LORD God in the True Light of His word!

With the love of Christ,
C. Read

 

 

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December 30, 2017

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It Is Time to Wake Up!

Devotional for Friday ~ 29-31 December 2017 / 12-13 Tevet 5778

I believe that the reason why the “Light” of Christ is absent in so many of the churches of our day is due to ineffectual apathetic prayers, or lack thereof, of sinful men who claim to be right with God. I wonder how many Christians earnestly and faithfully pray to the God of Heaven for themselves and their loved ones, especially for their children for those who have them? Moreover, I wonder how many even bother to read and study the Holy Scriptures so they can truly know God, and worship Him in Spirit and in Truth as He so deserves and desires of His people?

I am greatly concerned about God’s people and the state of the churches, and the following letter I wrote to an Editor of a local newspaper over twenty-three years ago will illuminate some of my concerns. I truly hope these words will sound a major warning and cause those who hear them, and those who have a genuine love for God, to examine themselves, in the Light of God's word, and seriously think about their relationship with Almighty God and His beloved Son, the LORD Jesus Christ.

 “To The Editor…,

I just couldn’t stop thinking about the man who had lost his three children because he had fallen asleep. I can almost imagine the horror he must have experienced when he found their lifeless little bodies in that old refrigerator. It must have been his darkest hour!

My heart goes out to him and his family, and I just pray that they will turn all this over to the Lord, if they haven’t already. The unbearable shame, guilt, anger, and resentment will just destroy their lives completely if it’s allowed to continue.

It may be extremely hard to understand how God could even possibly use this tragic situation and turn it around [“for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose” Romans 8:28], but He can and He will if we would only look at it from His perspective. [God does not turn bad into good, but He uses all things, even mistakes and heartaches, to bring about good for those who love Him.]

As I read the front-page article...describing what happened, the Lord brought to my attention that the condition of most fathers in this country is that they are spiritually asleep, thus they are unable to see the imminent danger their children are in.

If they don’t wake up while there’s still time they will ultimately be responsible for the eternal death of their families; and if they find themselves and their children in outer Darkness separated from God forever, there will be no turning back then.

My hope and prayer is that the pain and sorrow of this family can be eased if they know their situation has sounded an alarm to all of us for the need to humbly submit our whole heart, soul, and body to Almighty God and His Word before it’s too late.

It’s so important for the men and fathers of this country to stand up and be the spiritual leaders that God has ordained that they must be! Should they refuse, they will be held accountable for that decision! And in so doing they will ultimately help contribute to the demise of the United States of America as a Nation that stands for Truth, Justice, and Freedom for All.

Sincerely,
A servant of the Most High God,
C. Read”

It is interesting to note that even though Eve is the one who initially ate from “the tree of knowledge of good and evil,” the tree God had forbidden Adam to eat from, God ultimately held the man accountable for their disobedience, because it was his responsibility to make sure God's commands were obeyed . Thus, sin and death came through the man, and not the woman.

Romans 5:12 “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:”

Romans 5:17 “For if by one man's offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)”

1 Corinthians 15:22 “For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.”

God says in His word that only those who are truly born again of His Spirit, will enter into the Kingdom of heaven. “But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.” (2 Corinthians 11:3) Please prayerfully consider these words of the LORD Jesus Christ.

John 3:5 “Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

John 3:6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

John 3:7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.

John 3:8 The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.”

You cannot love the world and its ways, and love God with all your heart, at the same time. You cannot mix the holy with the profane and be acceptable with Almighty God. Light and darkness do NOT go together! Please consider this foundational passage from one of Jesus’ closest disciples.

John 1:1 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

John 1:2 The same was in the beginning with God.

John 1:3 All things were made by Him; and without Him was not any thing made that was made.

John 1:4 In Him was life; and the life was the light of men.

John 1:5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

John 1:6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.

John 1:7 The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe.

John 1:8 He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.

John 1:9 That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.

John 1:10 He was in the world, and the world was made by Him, and the world knew Him not.

John 1:11 He came unto His own, and His own received Him not.

John 1:12 But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name:

John 1:13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

John 1:14 “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.”

God's truth is really all that matters. If you are believing lies, and you love your sin and unrighteousness more than you love God, that is a very dangerous place to be. If you chose to go the way of sin, God will let you go, but that is not His desire for you.

In fact, God would love for all men to be saved, that’s why He sent His dearly beloved Son to be the Saviour of the world. But the very sad reality is that not all men will be saved from eternal death. Moreover, contrary to popular belief, there will be more souls that go to Hell, than those who go to Heaven!

 Matthew 7:13 “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:

Matthew 7:14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

Matthew 7:15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

Matthew 7:16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?

Matthew 7:17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.

Matthew 7:18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.

Matthew 7:19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.

Matthew 7:20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

Matthew 7:21 Not every one that saith unto Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of My Father which is in heaven.

Matthew 7:22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Thy name? and in Thy name have cast out devils? and in Thy name done many wonderful works?

Matthew 7:23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from Me, ye that work iniquity.”

Evil men and seducers are proliferating in these final days, just as God has warned us about in the Holy Scriptures. But if you are one who believes that “all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation” (2 Peter 3:4), then I say to you, IT IS TIME TO WAKE UP! Your life and the lives of those you are able to influence "for good or evil" are at stake! And realize, that only through Christ working in us can we truly be the godly, holy people that God requires. “Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Consider your ways.” (Haggai 1:7) [I encourage you to read the whole book of Haggai. It only has two chapters, and it is extremely relevant for God's people today.]

Another Scripture passage that I hope you will prayerfully consider:

 Matthew 13:24 "Another parable put He forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field:

Matthew 13:25 But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.

Matthew 13:26 But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also.

Matthew 13:27 So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares?

Matthew 13:28 He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up?

Matthew 13:29 But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them.

Matthew 13:30 Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into My barn."

God is going to gather Satan and his evil workers together and cast them into the lake of fire one day, along with all those who follow him unto death. As I have told my children all their lives, "There will not be another rebellion in heaven! Only those who delight completely in the word of God, and are born again by God's Spirit, will have access to the tree of life and the Holy City."

Satan has been very busy these days because he knows his time is short! He has led men to be lenient toward sin, but the longer a man walks in sin, the darker it gets. And only Christ can set us free from the bondage of sin and Satan! And remember, God WILL forgive any sin, no matter how wicked, except blaspheme against His Holy Spirit.

Hebrews 9:27 “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:"

Matthew 12:31 "Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men.

Matthew 12:32 And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come."

May all Real Christians be ready for that glorious day! God be with you and your loved ones in the New Year of 2018, and beyond! And God's love, grace, and mercy be with you as you walk with Him in the True Light!

With the love of Christ,
C. Read

 

 

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December 22, 2017

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We Have an Enemy!

Please prayerfully consider this passage, that has so many important lessons, and may God give you the understanding...

Matthew 13:1 “The same day went Jesus out of the house, and sat by the sea side.

Matthew 13:2 And great multitudes were gathered together unto Him, so that He went into a ship, and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore.

Matthew 13:3 And He spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow;

Matthew 13:4 And when He sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up:

Matthew 13:5 Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth:

Matthew 13:6 And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away.

Matthew 13:7 And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them:

Matthew 13:8 But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold.

Matthew 13:9 Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.

Matthew 13:10 And the disciples came, and said unto Him, Why speakest Thou unto them in parables?

Matthew 13:11 He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.

Matthew 13:12 For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath.

Matthew 13:13 Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.

Matthew 13:14 And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive:

Matthew 13:15 For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.

Matthew 13:16 But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear.

Matthew 13:17 For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.

Matthew 13:18 Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower.

Matthew 13:19 When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side.

Matthew 13:20 But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it;

Matthew 13:21 Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended.

Matthew 13:22 He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful.

Matthew 13:23 But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.

Matthew 13:24 Another parable put He forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field:

Matthew 13:25 But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.

Matthew 13:26 But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also.

Matthew 13:27 So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares?

Matthew 13:28 He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up?

Matthew 13:29 But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them.

Matthew 13:30 Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.”

Another important word to think about:

James 1:27 “Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.”

May God be with you as you love and serve Him in truth by His Holy Spirit!

With the love of Christ,
C. Read

 

 

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December 16, 2017

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Is Your Name Written in Heaven?

Devotional for Friday ~ 15-16 December 2017 / 28 Kislev 5778
Feast of Dedication ~ Festival of Lights

[It was late when I posted this devotional last night, and I have polished it up a bit. May God bless, C. Read]

Just as Pastor Arnie said, for those who are walking with God, by the power of His Holy Spirit, we are definitely a target of the Enemy--the great dragon who “was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world:” (Revelation 12:9). And it is my sincere prayer that this message will be an encouragement to God’s people who truly love Him!

Luke 10:17 “And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through Thy name.

Luke 10:18 And He said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.

Luke 10:19 Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.

Luke 10:20 Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.”

For Christians, Jesus Christ is our strength, our hope, our comfort, our protection, our help, our wisdom and so much more! Most important of all, Jesus the Messiah of Israel, is the giver of eternal life for those whom God has chosen...

Satan has no power over those who are led by God's Spirit, and are fully trusting in Him. Not that the enemy of our soul won’t try to trip us up, or lead us astray, and away from where God wants us to be, which is why as Real Christians, we must remain diligent, watchful, and prayerful!

We must remain diligent to read and study God's Holy word so that we can grow in our love and knowledge of the LORD God Almighty. The more you know God, the more you love Him! The more you love God, the more you will want to please Him. And the more you please God, the more you bring pleasure to Him, and displeasure to the devil!

We must remain watchful in order to see where God wants to lead us by His Holy Spirit, so that we can be true and faithful in our service to Almighty God, and to others.

We must remain prayerful, so that we can have an attentive ear, ready to hear what God is saying to us through the Holy Bible, circumstances, believers in the church, and the “still small voice” of His Holy Spirit. (1 Kings 19:12-13)

Moreover, we must always keep in mind that Satan despises Almighty God, and the devil hates it when we love and worship our Creator and His beloved Son, the LORD Jesus Christ, in Spirit and in Truth!

Sadly, as I look at the condition of the churches in the world today, there are so many people who are not walking in the truth. However, for those who are deceived, but truly love God, He will show them the truth. Then they will have a major decision to make. For those who have chosen to believe the truth and reject the lies, they will be set free from the deceptions of the Devil, and will be able to freely worship God as He deserves and greatly desires of His people!

 3 John 1:2 "Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.

3 John 1:3 For I rejoiced greatly, when the brethren came and testified of the truth that is in thee, even as thou walkest in the truth.

3 John 1:4 I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth."

By the Spirit of the living God, who resides within me, I truly believe that my name is written in heaven, not because of anything I have done, but because of Jesus Christ and everything He has done! I hope that you, too, have that blessed assurance! And if you don’t, I pray that you will call upon the name of the LORD God from a sincere and repentant heart, and may He grant you the great privilege of becoming one of His sons or daughters.

To my dear family in Christ, may God strength our hearts through our trials and tribulations in this life, and protect us from those who would love to lead us astray in an evil way, and who actually hate our LORD Jesus Christ! And this is my sincere prayer...

1 Corinthians 16:22-24 “If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be Anathema Maranatha.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. My love be with you all in Christ Jesus. Amen.”

Sincerely,
C. Read

 

 

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December 12, 2017

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Feast of Dedication

12 December 2017 / 25 Kislev 5778 / Festival of Lights

Tonight is the first day of the Feast of Dedication, also known as Hanukkah, and was once called the "Feast of the Maccabees." This Jewish festival is observed for eight nights and days, starting on the 25th day of Kislev according to the Hebrew calendar, which can occur from late November to late December in the Gregorian calendar.

This holy day, also known as the Festival of Lights / Feast of Dedication, was instituted in the year 165 BC by Judas Maccabeus, his brothers, and the elders of the congregation of Israel in commemoration of the rededication of the Holy Temple (the Second Temple) in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt against the Seleucid Empire under Antiochus Epiphanes (168 BC).


The book of Maccabees is from the Apocrypha, which was once included in the King James Version, but was not consider to be “inspired” writings. However, some of the books included in the apocryphal writings have great historical value, and have been deemed to be “useful and good to read.”

Here’s an excerpt from 1 Maccabees 4:36-61 (Note, the spelling is a bit different.)
[36] Then said Judas and his brethren, Behold, our enemies are discomfited: let us go up to cleanse and dedicate the sanctuary.

[37] Upon this all the host assembled themselves together, and went up into mount Sion.

[38] And when they saw the sanctuary desolate, and the altar profaned, and the gates burned up, and shrubs growing in the courts as in a forest, or in one of the mountains, yea, and the priests' chambers pulled down;

[39] They rent their clothes, and made great lamentation, and cast ashes upon their heads,

[40] And fell down flat to the ground upon their faces, and blew an alarm with the trumpets, and cried toward heaven.

[41] Then Judas appointed certain men to fight against those that were in the fortress, until he had cleansed the sanctuary.

[42] So he chose priests of blameless conversation, such as had pleasure in the law:

[43] Who cleansed the sanctuary, and bare out the defiled stones into an unclean place.

[44] And when as they consulted what to do with the altar of burnt offerings, which was profaned;

[45] They thought it best to pull it down, lest it should be a reproach to them, because the heathen had defiled it: wherefore they pulled it down,

[46] And laid up the stones in the mountain of the temple in a convenient place, until there should come a prophet to shew what should be done with them.

[47] Then they took whole stones according to the law, and built a new altar according to the former;

[48] And made up the sanctuary, and the things that were within the temple, and hallowed the courts.

[49] They made also new holy vessels, and into the temple they brought the candlestick, and the altar of burnt offerings, and of incense, and the table.

[50] And upon the altar they burned incense, and the lamps that were upon the candlestick they lighted, that they might give light in the temple.

[51] Furthermore they set the loaves upon the table, and spread out the veils, and finished all the works which they had begun to make.

[52] Now on the five and twentieth day of the ninth month, which is called the month Casleu, in the hundred forty and eighth year, they rose up betimes in the morning,

[53] And offered sacrifice according to the law upon the new altar of burnt offerings, which they had made.

[54] Look, at what time and what day the heathen had profaned it, even in that was it dedicated with songs, and citherns, and harps, and cymbals.

[55] Then all the people fell upon their faces, worshipping and praising the God of heaven, who had given them good success.

[56] And so they kept the dedication of the altar eight days and offered burnt offerings with gladness, and sacrificed the sacrifice of deliverance and praise.

[57] They decked also the forefront of the temple with crowns of gold, and with shields; and the gates and the chambers they renewed, and hanged doors upon them.

[58] Thus was there very great gladness among the people, for that the reproach of the heathen was put away.

[59] Moreover Judas and his brethren with the whole congregation of Israel ordained, that the days of the dedication of the altar should be kept in their season from year to year by the space of eight days, from the five and twentieth day of the month Casleu, with mirth and gladness.

[60] At that time also they builded up the mount Sion with high walls and strong towers round about, lest the Gentiles should come and tread it down as they had done before.

[61] And they set there a garrison to keep it, and fortified Bethsura to preserve it; that the people might have a defence against Idumea.

The Feast of Dedication is also mentioned in the book of John, and according to the Scriptures, Jesus commemorated this special season. Today it is typically consider a Jewish holiday, but given that Jesus was the Jewish Messiah of Israel, it is understandable that His followers would also remember this holy season.

John 10:22 “And it was at Jerusalem the feast of the dedication, and it was winter.

John 10:23 And Jesus walked in the temple in Solomon's porch.

John 10:24 Then came the Jews round about Him, and said unto Him, How long dost Thou make us to doubt? If Thou be the Christ, tell us plainly.

John 10:25 Jesus answered them, I told you, and ye believed not: the works that I do in My Father's name, they bear witness of Me.

John 10:26 But ye believe not, because ye are not of My sheep, as I said unto you.

John 10:27 My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me:

John 10:28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.

John 10:29 My Father, which gave them Me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of My Father's hand.

John 10:30 I and My Father are one.”

I believe it is so important for Christians to know about and understand the history of God’s chosen people. I hope to share more of what I have learned about this holy season in the future!

And may God be with you and your loved ones in these very difficult and trying times in which we live!

With the love of Christ,
C. Read

 

 

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December 8, 2017

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For the Love of God

Devotional for Friday ~ 8 December 2017 / 21 Kislev 5778

Jesus had just finished the Passover meal with His disciples, and Judas had already left to join up with the religious leaders who had been consulting with one another as to “how they might take Jesus by subtilty, and kill Him.”

May these beautiful words that Christ Jesus prayed soon before our LORD was to be crucified, encourage you to faithfully keep the word of God!

John 17:1 “These words spake Jesus, and lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that Thy Son also may glorify Thee:

John 17:2 As Thou hast given Him power over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as Thou hast given Him.

John 17:3 And this is life eternal, that they might know Thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom Thou hast sent.

John 17:4 I have glorified Thee on the earth: I have finished the work which Thou gavest Me to do.

John 17:5 And now, O Father, glorify Thou Me with Thine own self with the glory which I had with Thee before the world was.

John 17:6 I have manifested Thy name unto the men which Thou gavest Me out of the world: thine they were, and Thou gavest them Me; and they have kept Thy word.

John 17:7 Now they have known that all things whatsoever Thou hast given Me are of Thee.

John 17:8 For I have given unto them the words which Thou gavest Me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from Thee, and they have believed that Thou didst send Me.

John 17:9 I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which Thou hast given Me; for they are Thine.

John 17:10 And all mine are Thine, and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them.

John 17:11 And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to Thee. Holy Father, keep through Thine own name those whom Thou hast given Me, that they may be one, as we are.

John 17:12 While I was with them in the world, I kept them in Thy name: those that Thou gavest Me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the Scripture might be fulfilled.

John 17:13 And now come I to Thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have My joy fulfilled in themselves.

John 17:14 I have given them Thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.

John 17:15 I pray not that Thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that Thou shouldest keep them from the evil.

John 17:16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.

John 17:17 Sanctify them through Thy truth: Thy word is truth.

John 17:18 As Thou hast sent Me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world.

John 17:19 And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.

John 17:20 Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on Me through their word;

John 17:21 That they all may be one; as Thou, Father, art in Me, and I in Thee, that they also may be one in Us: that the world may believe that Thou hast sent Me.

John 17:22 And the glory which Thou gavest Me I have given them; that they may be one, even as We are one:

John 17:23 I in them, and Thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that Thou hast sent Me, and hast loved them, as Thou hast loved Me.

John 17:24 Father, I will that they also, whom Thou hast given Me, be with Me where I am; that they may behold My glory, which Thou hast given Me: for Thou lovedst Me before the foundation of the world.

John 17:25 O righteous Father, the world hath not known Thee: but I have known Thee, and these have known that Thou hast sent Me.

John 17:26 And I have declared unto them Thy name, and will declare it: that the love wherewith Thou hast loved Me may be in them, and I in them.”

2 Corinthians 13:14 “The grace of the LORD Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen.”

And may God be with you and those you love, and those who love Him!

With the love of Christ,
C. Read

 

 

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December 3, 2017

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Jesus Christ is the Son of God!

Devotional for Friday ~ 1 December 2017 / 13 Kislev 5778
(Posted 4 December 2017 / 16 Kislev 5778)

The Acts of the Apostles and the amazing demonstrations of God’s love and power as recorded in that great book of the Bible are so fascinating to read and study. There are many wonderful truths to glean from the writings of the Disciples of Christ, and I hope others will be blessed by this testimony.

Acts 8:26 “And the angel of the Lord spake unto Philip, saying, Arise, and go toward the south unto the way that goeth down from Jerusalem unto Gaza, which is desert.

Acts 8:27 And he arose and went: and, behold, a man of Ethiopia, an eunuch of great authority under Candace queen of the Ethiopians, who had the charge of all her treasure, and had come to Jerusalem for to worship,

Acts 8:28 Was returning, and sitting in his chariot read Esaias the prophet.

Acts 8:29 Then the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself to this chariot.

Acts 8:30 And Philip ran thither to him, and heard him read the prophet Esaias, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest?

Acts 8:31 And he said, How can I, except some man should guide me? And he desired Philip that he would come up and sit with him.

Acts 8:32 The place of the scripture which he read was this, He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; and like a lamb dumb before his shearer, so opened he not his mouth:

Acts 8:33 In his humiliation his judgment was taken away: and who shall declare his generation? for his life is taken from the earth.

Acts 8:34 And the eunuch answered Philip, and said, I pray thee, of whom speaketh the prophet this? of himself, or of some other man?

Acts 8:35 Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus.

Acts 8:36 And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized?

Acts 8:37 And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.

Acts 8:38 And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him.

Acts 8:39 And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing.”

The Ethiopian was reading from Isaiah 53, and he did not understand who the prophet was referring to, but God's Spirit sent Philip to be there at just the right time to explain this passage to him. Not only did the Ethiopian man readily received the truth, but he greatly desired to be baptized.

Please consider this important passage that many Jewish Rabbi’s discourage their students from reading, as it describes Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who fulfilled all that is written about the Messiah of Israel.

Isaiah 53:1 “Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?

Isaiah 53:2 For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.

Isaiah 53:3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

Isaiah 53:4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.

Isaiah 53:5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

Isaiah 53:6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.

Isaiah 53:7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.

Isaiah 53:8 He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.

Isaiah 53:9 And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.

Isaiah 53:10 Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.

Isaiah 53:11 He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.

Isaiah 53:12 Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.”

Consider what God revealed is the prerequisite or precondition to being baptized into the body of Christ, when this man from Ethiopia asked the apostle, “What doth hinder me to be baptized?”

Acts 8:37 “And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God."

Just as Jewish Rabbis would like to diminish the importance of Isaiah 53, because it proves that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, many translators of the modern versions of the Bible have either added a footnote to Acts 8:37 or they just delete it altogether without any explanation. And it’s all because the Devil wants to remove, or try to hide, the “condition” to becoming a Real Christian.

May God rise up faithful men and women of God who will proclaim the Truth, without compromise, to a lost and dying world that desperately needs the Messiah of Israel! And then, I believe, that’s when God’s people who truly love Him will “be endued with power from on high (Luke 24:49), just as when the Holy Spirit was given to the church some 2000 years ago!

Ephesians 6:24 “Grace be with all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen.”

With the love of Christ,
C. Read

 

 

 

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November 26, 2017

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Be Ye Thankful

Friday Devotional ~ 24 November 2017 / 6 Kislev 5778
(Posted Sunday 26 November 2017 / 9 Kislev 5778)

With the disappointments, difficulties, and trials of this life, it can be hard to have the proper attitude, but it is so important to keep our eyes on the LORD and His word, especially when we think about what Christ has done for us. Please consider this wonderful passage that puts things in perspective.

Colossians 3:1 “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.

Colossians 3:2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.

Colossians 3:3 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.

Colossians 3:4 When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with Him in glory.

Colossians 3:5 Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:

Colossians 3:6 For which things' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience:

Colossians 3:7 In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them.

Colossians 3:8 But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.

Colossians 3:9 Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;

Colossians 3:10 And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:

Colossians 3:11 Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all.

Colossians 3:12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;

Colossians 3:13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.

Colossians 3:14 And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.

Colossians 3:15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful."

It is my sincere desire to keep my focus on the LORD Jesus Christ, and do what He requires of me. There is much to distract us in this world, but Jesus is our life, and without Him, we are nothing! May God be with you and your loved ones. And may all of us seek to have a grateful heart before God.

With the love of Christ,
C. Read

 

 

 

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November 17, 2017

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GOD’S HOLY WORD

Devotional for Friday ~ 17 November 2017 / 28 Cheshvan 5778

I have posted this message before, but it goes well with our topic of the importance of God’s Holy Word! This wonderful testimonial is normally placed at the beginning of most Gideon Bibles, and I loved it so much that I made a bookmark out of it years ago.

May God bless and keep you all! And may you and your families, and loved ones have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

With the love of Christ,
C. Read

“THE BIBLE contains the mind of God, the state of man, the way of salvation, the doom of sinners, and the happiness of believers.

Its doctrines are holy, its precepts are binding, its histories are true, and its decisions are immutable.

Read it to be wise, believe it to be safe, and practice it to be holy.

It contains Light to direct you, food to support you, and comfort to cheer you.

It is the traveler’s map, the pilgrim’s staff, the pilot’s compass, the soldier’s sword, and the Christian’s charter.

Here paradise is restored, heaven opened, and the gates of hell disclosed.

CHRIST is its grand subject, our good the design, and the glory of God its end.

It should fill the memory, rule the heart, and guide the feet.

Read it slowly, frequently, and prayerfully.

It is a mine of wealth, a paradise of glory, and a river of pleasure.

It is given you in life, will be opened at the Judgment, and be remembered forever.

It involves the highest responsibility, will reward the greatest labor, and will condemn all who trifle with its sacred contents.”...


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February 11, 2017

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Proclamation of Faith

By C. Read
Dated 8 May 1993

"At this Time I would like to clarify who My LORD and My God is,

to whom I serve. He is the LORD God Almighty!

Maker of heaven and earth and everything that is made.

He is All-Powerful! He is the Most High God! He has all authority!

And He loved the world so much

that He sent His only begotten Son to die for us

so that we might live to serve

and worship Him in Spirit and in Truth.

And to prove to Satan, that only the LORD God Jehovah

is All-Powerful; He raised Jesus from the dead.

And death had no more power over Him.

To all that believe in their heart that God was able

by His Mighty Power to do that, and confess Him as LORD,

will be saved from the wrath that is to come

on all the children of disobedience.

Jesus Christ won the Victory!

And He is my Master! And He is my LORD!

And because I have been obedient to Him

and to the Testimony of Jesus Christ,

He has anointed me with His Holy Spirit.

Praise the Holy Name of Jesus!


I would also like to clarify who my God’s adversary is:

He’s that old Serpent, who is the Devil, and Satan

who hates my God and His saints.

He is a very powerful foe!

He is the second highest power!

And he has much authority here on earth.

He can kill! He can steal! He can destroy people’s lives!

And that is his primary objective. And his target is God’s people!

You may not be able to see him,

but he works in the children of disobedience.

So don’t under-estimate his abilities.

And don’t think for a minute that he won’t try any way

he can to get to you.

He is very sly, wily, crafty, and cunning.

And he uses underhanded and calculated methods

to secretly introduce his lies and deceptions.

And he can only operate in Darkness!

For the most part people do not give Satan credit

for many of the things that he does.

And he prefers it that way.

He masquerades as a Christian.

He pretends he loves the Lord Jesus.

He pretends he serves the Lord Jesus.

He claims he would die for the Lord Jesus.

And he uses unholy men to make these proclamations

through the spirit of anti-Christ!

He has deceived many people.

And he is working very hard these days

because he knows his time is coming to a close very soon.

You will know that is true

because the world will get more and more wicked

as you see the Day approaching.


Most people don’t acknowledge God or give Him credit

for what He does either.

You may not be able to see Him,

but He works in the children of obedience.

So don’t under-estimate His Power and abilities either.

And don’t think for a minute that He won’t save those

that truly love and belong to Him.

He is very loving, kind, gentle, compassionate, merciful,

and so forgiving. He is truly an awesome God!

He uses honesty, sincerity, and Truth to present Himself to us.

And there is only One Way that He can come into your life.

That Doorway is Yeshua HaMashiach! Jesus, The Christ!

And He Can Only Operate In the Light!"


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