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Daily Bible Reading “The LORD Loves Zion” (Psalm 87:1-7)

Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from Psalm 87:1-7. Psalm 87 is a Psalm for the sons of Korah. God created the whole world; He could have picked any place He wanted as His chosen city. He chose Jerusalem. The Scripture tells us that the LORD loves the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob. Glorious things are said about the city. When Jesus comes back He will set up His throne there and He will rule the earth as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

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******Holy Violence!********

(James Smith)

In all matters of importance — zeal, effort and determination are commendable. The energetic generally succeed — the lukewarm seldom. But in nothing is determined action so necessary and commendable, as in seeking the salvation of the soul. This is variously set forth in God's holy word — but let us look at one passage, which appears to be full of fire and fervor. "The kingdom of Heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force!" Matthew 11:12

THE PRIZE. A kingdom — a heavenly kingdom. That is — to be under the paternal government of God. Not under his natural government, which all are; nor under his legal government, as the Jews were; but under his gracious government. He who is in possession of this kingdom, enjoys . . .
the pardon of all sin;
a sweet and holy peace of conscience;
sure and certain protection from all foes;
a constant and unfailing supply of all his needs;
the hallowed gratification of an enlightened mind;
the employment of all his talents, for a noble purpose;
and the bright and blessed prospect of everlasting glory!

What a prize! Surely this is worth striving for!

THE EFFORT. "The violent take it by force." The violent are the energetic — the determined. Such every sinner ought to be, in the matter of salvation. If we take this kingdom by force . . .
the eye will be directed to it;
the heart will be set upon it; and
the whole soul will be determined to possess it.

Energy, or effort will be put forth in . . .
breaking of old connections,
conquering old habits,
wrestling with God in prayer,
striving against unbelief,
resisting the attacks of Satan,
forcing the way through all difficulties,
and refusing to rest, but in the kingdom. Nothing will do for the determined soul — but the title deeds of the kingdom in the hand, and the joys of the kingdom in the heart!

There is a kingdom to be won! A great, a glorious, an everlasting kingdom. A kingdom of grace on earth — a kingdom of glory in Heaven! A kingdom . . .
whose sovereign is a Father,
whose laws are love,
whose resources are boundless, and
all whose subjects are both safe and happy!

Crowds have violently taken possession of it. They set their heart upon it, and would not be diverted from it; they energetically sought to possess it — nor would they rest until they obtained possession.

Those who would win it — must be determined. No half-hearted, half-convinced, half-converted soul will ever obtain it. We must strive — agonize to enter in at the strait gate. We must labor to enter into that rest. It is worth all the effort we can make, all the energy we can put forth. Energy, violent energy, is commendable. Commendable! Nothing is so commendable. We should . . .
strain every muscle,
use every means,
employ every moment —
until we can call the kingdom ours!

Who would lose a kingdom —
for a little ease,
for a little indulgence of the flesh, or
for the enjoyment of a few of the fleeting pleasures of the world!

Who? Alas, multitudes do!

Now is the time to win so great a prize. The race must be run now. The struggle must take place now. The violence must be put forth now. "Behold, now is the accepted time! Behold, now is the day of salvation!"

It may soon be too late.

The time is limited.

The season is short.

The day is fast passing away.

The night will soon shroud us in its darkness.

Then it will be too late — eternally too late!

Let us then seize the present hour — for death may soon be here. If we let the present opportunity slip — we shall regret it forever. Hell is filled with useless regrets. The lost soul eternally condemns its folly, and adds to its torment, by reflecting upon . . .
mercies slighted,
invitations refused,
opportunities lost, and
the kingdom of glory forfeited, and forfeited forever!

Faint hearts will surely fail. But who will be faint-hearted, when a kingdom is at stake, a kingdom which may be taken, honorably taken; nor only taken — but be held and enjoyed forever!

Reader, are you forcing your way to Jesus. Are you pressing through the crowd of sin, difficulties, and obstacles? Remember, it is for a kingdom — an everlasting kingdom. You may be a king! You may reign in splendor and glory forever!

You must either be one of the most honorable beings in Heaven — or one of the most degraded creatures in Hell. There is no alternative.

A kingdom — or a dungeon,
dignity — or damnation,
Heaven — or Hell,
which shall it be?

One, it must be.

O may you be one of those who take the kingdom of Heaven by force!

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Did Virgin Mary bear other siblings aside from Jesus, as non-Catholics claim? Why it is hard for others to accept that the Blessed Mother had only one Child when in fact the Bible has made it crystal-clear?

http://jesuschristministry.blogspot.com/2018/08/did-virgin-mary-bear-other-siblings_26.html

**TAKING UP THE CROSS, FOLLOW JESUS***


In imitating the example of Jesus, as set forth in the preceding pages, we shall continually do violence to our own carnal inclinations. This will often be difficult and painful. But self-denial, or cross-bearing, is a necessary and unavoidable condition of following Jesus. He frequently and most plainly forewarned His disciples of this. "If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me." "He that takes not his cross and follows after Me, is not worthy of Me." A condemned culprit, on his way to crucifixion, was compelled to carry the transverse beam of his own cross. This was a mark of ignominy, as it would be now for a criminal going to the scaffold to wear the rope by which he was to be suspended. Carrying it was also painful and laborious, when the condemned person was weakened and lacerated by the scourge. Thus "bearing the cross" signifies enduring difficulties, pains, and reproaches.

It is evident that we cannot be Christians without self-denial. The gospel saves us by delivering us from sinful indulgence, and therefore giving up that indulgence is a self-denial involved in the very nature of salvation. A sick man, in being cured, must take up his cross by drinking the bitter medicines, submitting to the painful operations, and confining himself to the spare diet ordered by his physician. And it is impossible that we can be saved by the Physician of souls without giving up whatever causes disease. He saves us in sickness, but it is only by delivering us out of it, and therefore we must give up whatever nourishes it. Sinful habits, however inveterate, though they cling to us as a part of ourselves, must be broken off.

Christ taught how severe yet how necessary such self-denial is, when He said, "If your right hand offend you, cut it off and cast it from you; for it is profitable for you that one of your members should perish, and not that your whole body should be cast into hell." We are to follow and obey Christ at any cost. If He requires it, we must be willing to give up property, friends, reputation, life itself. And if, by refusing to do this, we show that we love anything whatever more than Jesus, He tells us that we cannot be His disciples. His followers in former times were often called to suffer severe persecution. Many pined in prison; many were "tortured, not accepting deliverance," if a condition of that deliverance were a denial of their Lord; many died at the stake, rejoicing in Jesus while tortured by the flames. Though we are not exposed to such sufferings, yet by faithfully following Him we may incur derision and hatred, injure our worldly interests, offend those on whom we are dependent, and grieve and alienate our best friends.

The cross we have to bear may sometimes be a most heavy one; but we must not hesitate to take it up. It is most true that wisdom's ways are "ways of pleasantness"; pleasantness super-excellent, but withal, of such a kind as can only be known by those who are willing to bear the cross as they journey. Not equally at all times, not similarly in all cases, but every follower of Jesus may be quite sure that in his way to heaven he will often have to imitate a cross-bearing Savior. Try not, then, to discover some favored path in which you will not be thus burdened. "Let your eyes look right on." No bypath is safe. A road without a cross should at once make you suspect it is not the true one. Only the strait and narrow road leads to heaven, and when the cross lies in the way, we must be prepared to carry it. Let us not drag it along after us unwillingly. This will displease our Lord, and really give us more trouble in the end. Rather let us place it promptly on our shoulders, and press on with it after Jesus. He taught His disciples that they must "count the cost" of serving Him. This we have done. Our deliberate conviction is, that the honor of following Him, and the gifts He bestows, are beyond all price. They would be infinitely cheap if we had to give up the whole world and a thousand lives in order to possess them. How willingly, then, should we pay the trifling cost which fidelity sometimes entails on us.

In this "cross-bearing" we have the example of Jesus. When He went forth to be crucified, He carried His cross until He fainted beneath its weight. And this was only an emblem of His whole life, which was one constant career of self-denial. The cross we bear is inseparably connected with our own salvation. Though love to Jesus should animate us to carry it, it is our own interests which are promoted. But the cross He bore was for our benefit, not His own. He enjoyed the perfection of all blessedness before He came to dwell with men. It was not necessary for Him, as it is for us, that holiness and happiness should be obtained by a course of self-denial. It was on our account alone that He bore His heavy cross; to atone for our guilt, and animate us to overcome evil. His cross was far heavier than ours. On Him was laid the iniquity of us all, yet how cheerfully He bore it. Our cross, however heavy, is lightened and becomes endurable by His. Let us, then, keep our eye fixed on a cross-bearing Savior, and not murmur or be surprised that we also have to deny ourselves. Rather let us expect it every day. Let us feel that we cannot be right if we are strangers to it. Self-indulgence and Christianity cannot coexist, for, once more to quote the words of Jesus, "He that takes not his cross, and follows after Me, is not worthy of Me."


**FOLLOW JESUS AT ALL TIMES**


Some people follow Jesus only now and then. They are religious at intervals, but not habitually. They sometimes seem to run in haste after Jesus, and then stand still. In their eagerness, they appear to condemn the slower pace of others; yet it is evident that the patient plodders make much more progress, and soon leave them far behind. For those who follow by fits and starts do not renew their journey from the place they had reached before, but from a point much farther off. While they thought they were only standing still, they were really slipping backwards. Our religion should be a steady flame, always burning and giving light, and not a fitful meteor, startling beholders for a moment, but going out in darkness. We should every day of our lives be making some progress, quietly following Jesus without any pause; and never think we can stand still because we went a long distance some time ago, or because we intend hereafter to make up for lost time. It is not a few extraordinary feats, a few very long days' journeys, that Christ requires; but that every day we should be making some advance, every day be drawing nearer to Him, and becoming more like unto Him.

Some people are very religious when affliction comes. Disappointments, losses, vexations, drive them to devotion. From a sickbed they send up many earnest petitions. At the side of the grave where they have deposited a dear friend, they are conscious of deep religious feeling. This, however, passes away with the sorrow that awakened it. But the true Christian follows Jesus earnestly in times of joy as well as of sadness, in the sunshine of prosperity as well as in the tempest of trial. Some people seem to think that there are times for religion to be diligently cultivated, and other times when it may be laid aside. We ought to be very thankful for special religious privileges, and seasons set apart for acts of direct worship, both public and private, should be valued as the most precious hours of life; but let us never suppose that if on Sabbath days, and during stated times of worship, our hearts are under holy influences, at other times Jesus may be banished from our minds altogether. He should always be in our eye, and in His footsteps we should on all days and at all times of the day, endeavor to tread.

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Outside the prophet Kacou Philippe it is the death, believe in him for the safety of your soul otherwise you will go to hell

https://youtu.be/GpZrs87UkJ4

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#ProphetKacouPhilippe :

You say, "Alright! But prophet, as for me, I have accepted Jesus Christ as my personal saviour!" That is good, but Jesus Christ, the God of the Old and New Testament, the God of Abraham, Moses and the prophets of the Bible is here and the Words I say, it is Him that says them through me and these are the Words that shall judge you in the last day. You see? It is Jesus Christ, the God of Abraham, Moses and of the Holy prophets who has sent me according to Matthew 23:34-35 and I am his slave! You cannot reject me and claim to believe in Him!...

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