Friday, January 5, 2018

The Falling Snow - A Reminder for the Redeemed!

My dear friends with the snow falling at my house I was thinking about the wonders of... snow. Yes snow! Something one either hates or loves but whether you despise it or enjoy it, snow in it's self is an absolute wonder of Almighty God's ETERNAL creative  genius (Job 38:22-23, Psalm 104:24, Prov. 3:19).

As I was thinking of snow... the Bible verse from Isaiah 1:18 once again came to mind.

"Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool."

Oh my dear friends, what a wondrous ETERNAL REALITY and TRUTH  to think on for the child of God as we walk through this fallen "scarlet colored" world in our "scarlet" fallen body (Gal. 1:4, Eph. 2:1-2, Rom. 7:7-25)!

Snow is absolutely white and beautiful all together, pure and undefiled and up here in New England we get our fair share of it. There is nothing more beautiful than waking up in the morning after a huge snowstorm that happens in the dark of night! The total landscape is changed and whatever was visible on the ground prior is completely covered. All you can see is the beautiful whiteness of the fallen snow and this has a message to us. Almighty God uses His creation to teach us many important lessons, the most important of these lessons is how Christ's redemptive work cleanses the fallen child of Adam - who is born in a state of transgression and is a transgressor against all that is ABSOLUTE about Almighty God (Rom. 5:12-21). It's by faith alone in Almighty God's PERFECT LAMB and His finished WORK that the transgressor is redeemed, pardoned and cleansed by the shed RIGHTEOUS crimson colored blood of the Messiah of Israel (Isa. 53, Rom. 6:23, Eph. 2:8-9, Heb. 10:21-28, 1 Peter 1:19, Rev. 1:5)!

Almighty God's once PERFECT "white" creation has been HORRIFICALLY transformed and saturated into a darkened scarlet estate.

White is the easiest of all colors to be defiled while scarlet is not. From Adam's innocence, to his fall, to our present day some 6000 years later the white undefiled estate of Almighty God's original creation is anything but white as snow (Gen. 1:31, Rom. 5:12-21). Almighty God's once PERFECT "white" creation has been  HORRIFICALLY transformed and saturated into a darkened scarlet colored estate; non cleansable and unable to be restored to its original estate of white (RIGHTEOUSNESS). The darker the object the less the defiling stains show themselves and such is this present world (2 Cor. 4:3-4). The god of this world has blinded the minds of Adam's fallen unregenerated race and moral relativism and darkness is the prism in which this world views reality (Isa. 53:6). Our world today after 6000 years of accumulated scarlet deeds is absolutely saturated with the irremovable stains of godlessness, decadence, lawlessness and violence and absolutely hopeless for all of humanities unregenerated fallen remedies (Isa. 53:6, Rom. 3). Today our global scarlet estate is received and promoted as the "norm" while the purity of Almighty God's whiteness (RIGHTEOUSNESS) is rejected and looked at as defiled and evil by this world's unregenerate inhabitants (Isa. 5:20, John 3:19-21, 15:18, 17:14, 1 John 3:13). The world's inhabitants of today are subjectively absorbed in their fallen estate and absolutely oblivious to Almighty God's RIGHTEOUSNESS standard (Rom. 1:18-32, 10:2-4).

My dear friends, Almighty God cries out to a scarlet colored world today; "Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool."

Oh my dear friends, do you personally know what Almighty God has done for you? God the Father has taken our transgressions, which were innumerable and has washed them in the blood of His own dear Son the Lamb and has made us white as snow! When we received Christ into our hearts and do business with God as the Bible testifies and clearly teaches we are then changed from scarlet to snow white. In Christ the child of God has been REDEEMED, JUSTIFIED and RIGHTEOUS!

"Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God. For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him." (2 Cor. 5:17-21)

"But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:" (1 Cor. 1:30)

My dear friends, may all the precious promises of Almighty God which are found in His Word for you be in your possession to personally know, experience and enjoy.

What a wonder that though our sins were as scarlet we that are now in Christ have been made white as snow (2 Cor. 5:17-21, Eph. 2:10-22, Rev. 1:5). Oh how we need this Divine TRUTH and REALITY this Christmas season my beloved!

The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand!

DJP I.F.

The Blood of the Lamb (click on link for the Bible verse which speak of Christ's precious blood)

What Must I do To Be Saved?

The Wonders of Snow -God of Wonders DVD

Thursday, January 4, 2018

The Truth Shall Make You Free!

















"And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free" (John 8:32).

The practice (application) of Absolute Truth and Reality are essential for enjoying true freedom. Non-absolutes and partial realities bring but little satisfaction, which is accompanied with great burdens and bondage like battleship chains. Self-willed pride - along with self-willed rejection of Absolutes - always brings about tyranny and oppression in one's life. God sent His Son to awaken us to the absolute realities of time and eternity, and to deliver us from the bondage of self-willed decadence and unhappiness.

The Greek word “know” in this passage means “the possession of knowledge and wisdom that only comes through personal application or experience.”

Having just a theoretical understanding or “head knowledge” of a particular subject is surely limited, but the possession of wisdom and true discernment comes only through the application of knowledge in our lives.

Absolute truth and reality are essential for enjoying true freedom.

For example, take two people in different situations who are otherwise equal: one an experienced private serving in the military and the other a cadet who has just graduated from West Point. By virtue of his actual experience, the private is in a practical sense wiser than the military cadet from West Point who has only studied the technical aspects of warfare.

The officer who has never been exercised in actual warfare or who has never applied his learning on the battlefield has no comprehension of the realities and first-hand experiences of combat. He has “zero experience" of functioning under hostile conditions and seeing the carnage of the battlefield. He is not battle-tested. He possesses no experience of being focused and steady under intense battlefield conditions. Although this officer may even have a good academic understanding (i.e., “head knowledge”) about war and what it entails, he has NEVER personally experienced war himself.

The private, on the other hand, does have actual combat experience and an appreciable comprehension of the battlefield. He has been exercised many times, and he has experienced first-hand the realities and horrors of war. He has applied his training in combat, which has given him a wisdom and knowledge that cannot be learned in a military academy or even in boot camp.

So it is for the child of Almighty God and the application of His Word. God expects His children (John 1:12) to apply His unchangeable and unfailing Word in their lives, and to experience (know) its benefits and realities. It is only through the application of God’s Word that we gain wisdom and knowledge that cannot be obtained by reading studies written by others such “Days of Praise” daily devotionals. The spiritual wisdom and knowledge that Paul prayed for the Colossians could only be obtained through the working of God and personal application of God’s Word in their lives (Col. 1:3-12). There are no shortcuts or spiritual "hocus-pocus” that can be substituted for these. Our Heavenly Father does not desire His children to live off the life experiences of others, but that we ourselves should taste and see that the Lord is good! (Psalms 34:8; 1 Peter 2:3)

The truth then possesses us and we are able to speak with authority, passion, boldness, confidence and to give an answer to all who would ask us of the hope that is in us!

When we apply (know) the truth and reality of God in the “ups and downs” of our lives, and follow the remedies and formulas found in His Word, we enter into a realm of learning that transcends this earth. We enter into the spiritual realm of “higher education.” This "higher education" not only expands our heavenly vision and understanding, but it produces fruit (results) that are absolutely liberating and transforming to the child of Almighty God. The application of God's Absolute Truth sets us free indeed! Free from all worries, cares, fears, doubts, sorrows, earthly boundaries and temporality (time-boundedness), and - most of all - free from the King of all Fears, Death itself (Heb 2:14, 15). Standing by faith in full assurance of hope, these slave-masters no longer have the enslaving tyranny they once possessed over us. The truth then possesses us and we are able to speak with authority, passion, boldness, confidence and to give an answer to all who would ask us of the hope that is in us! (1 Peter 3:15). The Truth (reality) has truly made us free, liberating us to act because of a liberating inward experience!

Our Heavenly Father would have us all to be liberated here in time and to enjoy the wondrous riches that are only found in Christ Jesus His Son (John 8:36). May it be our sole desire today - and the desire of our soul - to have the experiential knowing of the eternal truths of God and to possess this liberating freedom.

Have faith in Almighty God! Be strong and of good courage! Endure hardness (hardship) as a good soldier of Jesus Christ (2 Tim. 2:3). In every thing give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you (1 Thess. 5:18). Rejoice in the Lord always; and again I say rejoice (Philip. 4:4)! May it be so for you, dear reader! You will never be the same!

The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand!

DJP I.F.

Edited by BEL I.F.The Gospel of John Challenge
Soldiers of the Cross, Press Onward and Be Not Offended

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Sunday, December 31, 2017

Victory in Jesus in 2018 for Almighty God's Honor and Glory!


















Dearly beloved of the Lord, God has graciously brought us through to a new year and as we have seen here in America in 2017 - with things seemingly turning around - that spiritual and  moral relativism still dominates the minds of Americans and is still making great strides today. The question that we need to ask ourselves going into 2018 is; are we as Americans any closer to possessing the Divine REALITY of Almighty God's saving grace than we were last year? I would objectively have to say no; and as a matter of fact, a great many conservative evangelicals are more consumed with saving America than pointing people to Christ who saves souls. Christians first and conservatives second is the proper order for the blood brought child of God; for this nasty world is NOT our home my beloved and we must see the ETERNAL as we live in this temporal! As we embark on this New Year, may we be continually focused and redeeming the time for the Savior for the days are evil indeed (Eph. 5:16); for the day and hour of His coming is nearer then ever before. May we have faith in Almighty God, Who works out all things for His honor and glory (Romans 8: 28, Rev. 4:11) and may we possess the ETERNAL perspective that only God and His Word gives while living in this fallen temporal world (Col. 3:1-2, Phil. 3:20). May we be also exercising our Heavenly calling as His ambassadors to a lost and dying world, for the end is drawing near (2 Cor. 5:20, Eph. 5:16). The past is in the past and the ETERNAL future for the child of God is always BRIGHT (Phil. 3:8,12)!

.May we possess the ETERNAL perspective that only God and His Word gives while living in this temporal world.
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Beware and be on guard of the subtleties of our adversary “the Devil” and the many voices that seek to derail and distract us from the realities at hand (Matt. 24: 4-5, Luke 22:31, 2 Cor. 11:13-15, Phil. 3:2, James 4:7, 1 Peter 5:8).

May our battle cry be “Victory in Jesus” in this 2018 year (1 Cor. 15:57, 2 Cor. 2:14, 1 John 5:4)! My beloved, this may indeed be the very year that we see our Beloved Savior face to face (1 John 3:2-3). What glory that will be!

My friends what ever may transpire this year here in troubled America, remember what must be; for the Kingdom of Heaven is truly at hand! Think on and remember this invaluable truth and reality! It will truly set you free from all of the adversity that surrounds us (John 8:32, 36)!

We all at the Ignorant Fishermen Blog wish you all a blessed and Christ centered New Year with much victory  (1 Cor. 15:57, 2 Cor. 2:14, 1 John 5:4)!
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Victory in Jesus in 2018 and occupy for Almighty God's glory!

The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand!

DJP I.F.


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