New You

The following was what I was filled with during this past night.  I call it a vision – as it came about without any pre-thought and it kept repeating all night long.  That told me I had to write it out and send it to the WGEN list.

When you pray – WHO do you pray to?  I ask that because in my life I have met and talked to many who pray to someone or something other than God the Father.  It seems to be denominational Doctrine that causes people to pray to someone or something OTHER than to God the Father.  My understanding of scripture is that we are commanded to NOT pray to anyone other than God the Father and we are NOT to set up graven images or  anything that gets in the way of God the Father.

The second commandment, recorded in Exodus 20:4–5, reads, “You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth. You shall not worship them or serve them.” Likely, this refers back to the first commandment, “You shall have no other gods before Me,” and specifically forbids the creation of idols. But it is equally dangerous to create an image of God Himself. God has given us reminders enough of His power and glory (Romans 1:20) without man attempting to use created things to represent the Creator.

Functionally, there is no difference between a “graven” image (Deuteronomy 4:16) and a “molten” image (Exodus 34:17). Both are man’s attempt to define and confine the power of God who works over creation. Both are the result of greed and covetousness, along with the fear that God does not have the worshipers’ best interests at heart. Graven images, whether an idol, a crystal, or a charm, are attempts to limit the power of God and reduce it to a small package that we can control. As with any kind of worship, the object of adoration inevitably controls us.

Jesus instructed His disciples on HOW TO PRAY and WHO TO PRAY TO:

Matt. 6:1-4

1And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.

2And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.

3Give us day by day our daily bread.

4And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.

I can find NO mention in scripture telling us to pray to Mary or to some departed Saints  or to some denominational leaders.  In fact I find the opposite.  That is denominational Doctrine that promotes those kind of prayers.

Deut. 4:2  Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you.
Deut. 12:32   “Whatever I command you, you shall be careful to do; you shall not add to nor take away from it.
REV.. 22:19   And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

I remind all that there is only ONE way to God The Father and it isn’t via some statues, beads, crosses, head coverings, beards, or all the things that man has devised to appear to be Holy.

John 14:6   Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

I know many folks make New Years resolutions – let me suggest that this year you resolve to check all those denominational doctrines with Scripture – the HOLY BIBLE, not the denominational books.

Every year I am questioned about my failure to *celebrate* holidays.  I used to go thru the outward *celebrating* – all that buying and wrapping and pagan based practices that are supposed to be the way to *celebrate* holidays.  Then one day I decided to find where it is in Scripture that I am to put up a tree or color eggs and hide them – and all the other practices that go on with these holidays.  I looked and looked and found none to back up such practices…  so, I stopped doing it and spent my time on those designated days in prayer – in my prayer closet if you will.  I no longer go thru the faux worship of the commercial holidays.  No more Santa stuff or Easter Bunny stuff (LIES)  but my time is spent in prayer and worshipping the Reason we are told those holidays are meant for.  So many are based upon pagan celebrations and then at a point in time they were masked to please the *christian* community.

So, I ask each of you to examine all these holidays – practices –  and ask yourself WHO IT IS YOU PRAY TO.  Scripture warns us against worshipping IDOLS and to only preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ – none other –  I find NO DENOMINATIONAL DOCTRINES mentioned in Scripture.  I find, “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.”  It says preach THE GOSPEL – not the Denominational Doctrine of some certain denomination.

Do not blindly follow these denominational doctrines – go to the SOURCE – the Holy Bible – and if it isn’t there you should consider what else is not being correctly taught and preached by that denomination.  On Judgement Day  you are not going to be able to lay blame on some denominational doctrine or false teachers.

Make your New Years Resolution to study the Bible and to ask Jesus Christ into your heart and to become Born Again so that you will spend eternity with Jesus and God the Father.  You need to put the KEY into the ignition and turn the engine on.   God never steers a stopped car – He only steers it when it is moving.

Jackie Juntti

John 3:3  3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

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New You

Therefore if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. -2 CORINTHIANS 5:17

Many people embrace religious philosophy rather than a new heart.  A member of our family graduated from college and seminary, earning a Ph.D.  But after all that, in a tent revival meeting, he realized he had not truly received Christ, and was born again.  The genius of the new birth is that you become a new creation.

As in natural birth, spiritual birth launches us on a process of growth that encompasses the total heart – the spiritual and the physical.  You might have launched a new lifestyle of good diet and exercise habits last January, and maybe you achieved weight-loss and fitness goals.  Now you’re at the end of the year.

But you still must commit to continuing the process of healthy growth that doesn’t stop until you’re in Heaven.  Perhaps you failed, slipping off your diet, neglecting personal time with God, forgetting your exercise regimen.

The miracle of grace is that there is always a time and place for beginning again.  Stay on the course of renewal in Christ for your total person.  He gives new lives for old!

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