Friday, June 29, 2018

Born of the Lord into Eternity

We are all created for communion with the Lord for all Eternity

The Psalmist tells us, God created my innermost being; he knit me together in my mother’s womb. 14-I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. 15- My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, 16- your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in Your book before one of them came to be. [Psalm 139:13-16] From the moment we [our souls] live, we  exist forever; God breathed us into eternity.

The Spirit of God has made me; the breath of the Almighty [Holy Spirit] gives me life. (Job 33:4) The Holy Spirit breaths life into every living creature on earth. The entire earth is filled with the Spirit of God.

Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, whoever hears my words and believes Him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life.” [John 5:24] If we believe in the Son of God, we have eternal life-what God created us for. Also, a relationship with him.

As we all know, one of the grim facts of life is that everyone dies in the Lord’s good time. If we consider that we are all born into eternity, then only our body ceases to function. We [our souls] are still alive for all eternity.

(The stoning of Stephen) “Look”, he said, “I see heaven open and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.” 59- Then he fell to his knees and cried out, “Lord, do not hold this against them.” When he had said this, he fell asleep. [Acts 7:56+59]

For believers in Jesus Christ, heaven opens and angels descend to escort us (our soul) to the throne of God, at the moment of our bodies death. [Luke 16:22] The rich man and Lazarus; Lazarus died and angels carried him to Abraham’s side [Heaven].

For the unbeliever, Satan claims that person (their soul) for all eternity.

Have you accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior? Are you prepared for the next step in eternity?- When we die. Are you going to spend eternity in heaven or hell? It’s your choice. The choice is very real.

Repent of your sins and ask Jesus into your heart and you will live for all eternity with the Father and Jesus, and every Christian.

Sincerely pray with a repentant heart and repent of your sins like a child before the Father and experience Jesus’ forgiveness. Jesus will save you and become your Lord and Savior. This will insure your name is written in God’s book of life. You will have eternal life in heaven. You will be a Christian.

Pray this salvation prayer: Lord Jesus, I need you. Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins. I am sorry for all my sins. I open the door of my life and receive You as my Savior and Lord. Thank You for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Take control of the throne of my life. Make me the kind of person You want me to be. Thank you Lord Jesus. A-men.

If you prayed this Salvation prayer you have been born again. You are now a Christian. Praise God!

We were all created for eternal life in heaven and fellowship with the Lord; may God lead you to His salvation and communion,

JA Ireland

Friday, May 25, 2018

Jesus Calls For Baptism

Jesus Ordained Baptism

Jesus' Baptism

Sin entered the world through Adam and Eve. Then death entered the world as a result of sin. Therefore death came to everyone because all have sinned.[Romans 5:12] Sin and death has been passed down through all generations. We are all born into the original sin of Adam and Eve, inherited from our parents—our parents from their parents, etc…

God calls for a circumcising of our hearts[Deuteronomy 10:16]. God himself, by his divine love for us accomplishes this for us by his grace. He[God] will circumcise our hearts and the hearts of our descendants so we can love Him with all our hearts and all our souls and live.[Deuteronomy 30:6]

Abraham received a spiritual circumcision of the heart before receiving the physical circumcision. A faith covenant with God to be passed down to all believing generations due to his righteousness before the Lord. After his physical circumcision by faith, he became the father of all circumcised believers in Christ who walk in the faith.[Romans 4:9-12]

In Ezekiel God says He will gather us out of the nations and bring us into our own land. Then He will sprinkle clean water on us and we will be clean; we will be cleansed from all impurities and idols. We will have a new heart and a new spirit. The new spirit will move us to follow God’s laws and decrees [Ezekiel 36:24-27].

God will call us to him out of all nations and give us his spirit through a baptism by sprinkling of clean water. This is an example where God specifically calls for sprinkling of water for cleansing of the heart; a baptism.

Jesus loves children. [Luke 18:15-17] We must have faith like a child to receive the kingdom of heaven. It is easier for a child to repent and receive Christ as Savior and Lord than for an adult. As we get older, our heart hardens. It becomes more difficult to surrender to the Holy Spirit’s callings.

When an adult receives Christ and the Holy Spirit enters their body, this person has the rest of their life to grow and serve Jesus—only perhaps a half-life, depending on age. For a child that receives Christ, Jesus has an entire lifetime to use this person for His glory. This is just one of the many reasons why Jesus loves children.

In Christ we were circumcised, in the putting off of the sinful nature, not with a physical circumcision but a spiritual circumcision of the heart done by Christ. We have been buried with Him in baptism and raised with him through our faith in the power of God, who raised him from the dead. When we were dead in our sins and in the uncircumcision of our sinful nature, God made us alive in Christ. He forgave us all our sins.[Colossians 2:11-13]

Peter preached, to repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off. For all whom the Lord God will call.[Acts 2:38-39]

Children too young to repent must be baptized and receive the gift of the Holy Spirit; a circumcision of their hearts so they will peruse God. When older, the children must still  repent of their sins and receive Christ as Savior and Lord through a salvation prayer. Infant baptism prepares their heart so their heart yearns for God.

One Lord, one Faith, one baptism.[Ephesians 4:5] This scripture could not be more clear.

John the Baptist, baptized for the repentance of sins

John the Baptist, baptized after a person repented of their sins. “I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me will come one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not fit to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire. His winnowing fork is in his hand and he will clear his threshing floor, gathering his wheat into the barn and burning up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”[Matthew 3:11-12]

When Jesus spoke to his disciples in Galilee, he gave them, and you and me, his Great Commission. He has all authority over heaven and earth. We are to make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and the name of the Son, and the name of the Holy Spirit. We are to teach the new Christians[disciples] everything that Jesus has taught and commanded us. [Matthew 28:19-20] Therefore they can go out into the world and spread the gospel.

Jesus ordained baptism. He baptizes us with the Holy Spirit and performs a circumcision of our hearts. He gives us the ability to love him with our whole hearts and to desire him above all things—to peruse him, his Lordship over our lives.

Since both, sprinkling and submersion for baptism are in the bible, we can conclude it does not matter to God which we do as long as we baptize. The important thing is to baptize in the name of the Father, and the name of the Son, and the name of the Holy Spirit as commanded by our Lord Jesus in His Great Commission.[Matthew 28:19-20]

Jesus also calls for children to be baptized—preferably infants. This means sprinkling as God spoke in [Ezekiel 36:24-27]. In this way, as an infant, Jesus will place His Holy Spirit in the child to circumcise their hearts so they have a longing so seek Jesus. The child is sealed until they are old enough to understand. This age is different for all children.

What happens if a person is saved by the grace of God and receives the gift of the Holy Spirit but was never baptized?  If that person dies, will they be escorted to heaven by angels as all Christians will be?

One example is found in Luke 16:22. The rich man and Lazarus. The rich man had all the comforts of life. Lazarus, a man of God was a beggar that lay at the rich man’s gate and begged for money and food all day. He was covered with soars from leprosy and unable to work. Upon his death, the angels carried him to Abraham’s side where he is being comforted for all eternity. There is no mention of a baptism in Lazarus’ life. The rich man died and is in hell where he is tormented.

The second example is found in Luke 23:40-43. The criminal hanging on the cross next to Jesus at Calvary. Because the criminal believed, Jesus answered him, “I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise.” Jesus did not mention the need of baptism. That says it all. Baptism is not required to go to heaven. Baptism will not achieve salvation, only faith in Christ will accomplish eternal life.

Jesus has ordained baptism. Infant baptism is preferred but not mandatory. Baptism is ordained by Jesus, but not required to enter heaven.

May we all follow the commandments of our Lord Jesus Christ,

JA Ireland

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

God Reveals His Glory In All Of Creation

Satan's Fall From Glory 

After God spoke all of creation into existence, He declared it was good. [Genesis 1:31] Everything God created was good, before sin tainted His perfect world. His world was without sin and corruption.

At that point in time, the only rebellion against a holy and perfect God was the fallen angel, Satan.
Isaiah 14:12-15-How you have fallen from heaven, O morning star, son of the dawn! You have been cast down to the earth, you who once laid low the nations! 13- You said in your heart, “I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God; I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly, on the utmost heights of the sacred mountain. 14- I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the most High.” 15- But you are brought down to the grave, to the depths of the pit.[hell]

This is Isaiah’s symbolic account of Satan and his ambitions, followed by his fall from heaven to earth. [Revelation 12:7-9] There was a great war in heaven. Michael the Archangel  and his angels fought against Satan and his angels. Michael hurled Satan out of heaven and down to earth, along with his angels. This was sometime before the fall of man because Satan was the angel that tempted Eve and caused Eve, then Adam, to commit the first sins of man.

Before this, the world was perfect, without sin, without the curse.

Satan’s fall is described in Ezekiel 28:11-18-The word of the Lord came to me: 12- “Son of man, take up a lament concerning the king of Tyre and say to him: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: “’You were the model of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. 13- You were in Eden, the garden of God; every precious stone adorned you: ruby, topaz, and emerald, chrysolite, onyx and jasper, sapphire, turquoise and beryl. Your settings and mountings were made of gold; on the day you were created they were prepared. 14- You were anointed as a guardian cherub, for so I ordained you. You were on the holy mount of God; you walked among the fiery stones. 15- You were blameless in your ways from the day you were created until wickedness was found in you. 16- Through your widespread trade you were filled with violence, and you sinned. So I drove you in disgrace from the mount of God and I expelled you, O guardian cherub, from the fiery stones. 17- Your heart became proud on account of your beauty, and you corrupted your wisdom because of your splendor. So I threw you to earth; I made a spectacle of you before kings. 18- By your many sins and dishonest trade you have desecrated your sanctuaries. So I made a fire come out from you, and it consumed you, and reduced you to ashes on the ground in the sight of all who were watching.

In Ezekiel’s account of Satan, he is described as the model of perfection and beauty. Full of wisdom.

This is another example of God creating perfection and beauty.

God Created the Garden of Eden

 [Genesis 2:8-14] The Lord planted the Garden of Eden in the east, in Eden. God put Adam[The first man] in the garden. The Lord made all kinds of trees that were pleasing to the eyes and good to eat. In the middle of this picturesque garden, He[God] placed the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

There was a river that watered all the gardens flowing from Eden; from there it separated into four headwaters. The first was Pishon. It winded through the entire land of Havilah where there is gold. The gold of that land was good, aromatic resin and onyx were also there. The second river was Gihon. The third river was Tigris. The forth was Euphrates.  All of these flowed from the Garden of Eden.

The Garden of Eden was undoubtedly the most beautiful garden that has ever been on the face of the earth or will ever be. God created it especially for Adam and Eve. There were fruit trees that were not only beautiful to look at, they produced delicious fruit. Adam and Eve lived in a paradise with all their needs met by the Lord, with no need of working.

Philippians 4:19 –  And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.

Jeremiah 29:11-12- For I know the plans I have for you; declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12- Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.

God tells us in His Word not to worry. He will meet all our needs. He knows what we need. He will deliver us from the valley of uncertainty. He promises us. He also promises to lead His faithful into prosperity and hope. And to grow us in His faith so we will know it is Him who is blessing us. That we will recognize His blessings and give Him praise for his blessings. That we will know we did not accomplish these things on our own. [James 1:17- Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the Heavenly lights, who does not change like the shifting shadows.]

2 Corinthians 9:8- And God is able to make all grace abound in you, so that in all things in all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.

God will bless you to the point of overflow. Why? So you can bless others. However God blesses you, bless others. The more God blesses you, bless other people. God will bless you even more.

Has God blessed you? Has he revealed His glory in your life? He likes to create beauty. We see that in Satan. We see that in the Garden of Eden.

God also revealed his glory in every person he creates. He especially revealed his glory when he created You. Uniquely different from anyone else.

In order to receive God’s glory and favor in our lives, we must do our part. We must make a choice. We must choose Jesus. It is a personal choice.

We have this lifetime to make the most important decision that effects were we will spend eternity. This life is a preamble to eternity.  Once we step into eternity, we have made our choice. If a person did not choose Jesus in this life, then sadly, Satan claims that person for all eternity. That person lives in hell forever separated from God.

God reveals his glory in all creation, the heavens, all living things, the waters, the mountains, the deserts. If a person chooses to ignore God, and His glory that is all around us, the person is rejecting God himself.

The person who rejects the living God is choosing Satan and hell.

To accept Jesus, as your Lord and Savior, you must believe he paid the price for your sins at the hands of the Roman soldiers. The beatings he suffered by their cat of nine tails that ripped into his innocent flesh was for your[everyone’s] sins. Our punishment for our sins. He was crucified on that terrible cross for our sins.[He had no sin] He died and descended into hell where he spent three days declaring his victory over sin and death.  He was taking our place in hell for our[everyone’s] sins. On the third day, God ascended him out of hell and the grave. Now Jesus is in heaven with the Father. You must believe he took your punishment for your sins. [Paid in Full] Jesus’ salvation is a free gift.

If you would like to receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior, pray this prayer. If you truly want Jesus as your Lord and Savior, and to forgive you of your sins, and secure your place in heaven, pray it more than once.

Believers Prayer: Lord Jesus, I need you. Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins. I am sorry for all my sins. I open the door of my life and receive You as my Savior and Lord. Thank You for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Take control of the throne of my life. Make me the kind of person You want me to be. Thank you Lord Jesus. A-men.

Do not be afraid to pray this pray more than once. If you prayed this pray and truly meant it, God heard your prayer. God’s Holy Spirit covers this earth. You are now a Christian. You received God’s eternal forgiveness for your sins. The Holy Spirit dwells within you. He[The Holy Spirit] will dwell within you until the day you are escorted to glory by an angel. The scriptures tell us that.

As a new Christian, it is very important to pray, read your bible, and attend church as often as possible. We learn to see God’s glory all around us and appreciate Him for it.

I pray that the Lord will grow you in His faith and love,

JA Ireland

Saturday, April 14, 2018

The Apostle Paul’s Letter to the Colossians

Remain Steadfast in Christ and the Faith

The Apostle Paul wrote the Book of Colossians while in a Roman prison; his first imprisonment in Rome in which he spent over two years under house arrest. Paul wrote this letter in 60 A.D., also writing Ephesians and Philemon the same year, while under the same incarceration; arrested in Jerusalem, he was turned over to Roman authorities to be transported to the Roman prison.

Several hundred years before Paul’s time, Colosse was a leading city in Asia Minor[Present day Turkey]. Located on the Lycus River and the respected east-west trade route beginning at Ephesius on the Aegean Sea to the Euphrates River. By the first century A.D., Colosse had fallen behind in business matters. The town was sadly reduced to a second rate commerce-city.


Colossians 1:21-23- Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. 22- But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation—23- if you continue in your faith, established and firm, not moved from the hope held out in the gospel. This is the gospel that you heard and that has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven and which I, Paul, have become a servant.


Out of Christian concern, Paul attempts to remind the Colossians just how badly they, as a church, had,  in the past, drifted from God. Their heinous behavior caused a separation between themselves and the Lord. Then they, as a congregation, repented, and became right with God.


2:1- I want you to know how much I am struggling for you and for those at Laodicea, and for all who have not met me personally. 2- My purpose is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely Christ, 3- in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. 4- I tell you this so that no one may deceive you by fine-sounding arguments. 5- For though I am absent from you in body, I am present with you in spirit and delight to see how orderly you are and how firm your faith in Christ is.

vs 6- So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, 7- rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.

vs 8- See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and basic principles of this world rather than on Christ.


Paul pleads with the Colossians, not to let themselves be led astray by false teachings of the world. Do not become ritualistic in your worship. Remain steadfast in Christ and the faith.


vs 11- In Him you were also circumcised, in the putting off the sinful nature, not with a circumcision done by the hands of men but with the circumcision done by Christ 12- having been buried with him in baptism and raised with him through your faith in the power of God, who raised him from the dead.


Paul reminds them that not only have they been crucified and buried with Christ, they have also received a deeper spiritual covenant with God, the circumcision of their hearts by Christ.

Deuteronomy 30:6- The Lord your God will circumcise your hearts and the hearts of your descendants, so that you may love him with all your heart and with all your soul, and live.

Jeremiah 4:4- Circumcise yourselves to the Lord, circumcise your hearts, you men of Judah and people of Jerusalem, or my wrath will break out and burn like fire because of the evil you have done—burn with no one to quench it.


vs 13- When you were dead in your sins, and in the uncircumcision of your sinful nature, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins.

3:1-2- Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. 2- Set your mind on things above, not on earthly things.

vs 5- Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires, greed, which is idolatry. 6- Because of these, the wrath of God is coming.


Your behavior should reflect the fruits of the Spirit. Galatians 5:22-23 – But the fruits of the Spirits are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
Some of these behaviors are easier to achieve than others. Many take work and training. We are called as Christians to master them.


3:17- And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving to God the Father through him.

4:2- Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. 3- And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains.


Paul is wearing leg and arm irons, in prison, while writing this letter to the Colossians. He writes due to hearing reports that the people of the church of Colosse are expressing and possibly teaching and/or practicing heresy.
The church of Colosse had a history of both; apostasy and returning to biblical doctrine and faith in Christ.

It is easy to fall into the apostasy that Paul is describing. In today’s world it has never been easier to drift from the doctrine of the church and Jesus Christ, and away from God entirely—for many people.

For Christians, the bible warns of a great danger in doing that very thing.

Matthew 10:33- Jesus said, “But whoever disowns me before men, I will disown him before my Father in heaven.”

It is very dangerous for a Christian to drift into apostasy. We are out of the will of God. God cannot use us. We are on a road to disaster. God might have mercy on us, and be patient with us, but eventually he will call us to repentance—If we are his child. If not, that is also a road to disaster—hell with Satan.

Do you need to re-dedicate your life to Christ?  Have you ever accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior? To receive Jesus into your heart or re-dedicate your life to Christ, I invite you to pray this Believer’s Prayer to God.

Lord Jesus, I need you. Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins. I am sorry for all my sins. I open the door of my life and receive You as my Savior and Lord. Thank You for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Take control of the throne of my life. Make me the kind of person You want me to be. Thank you Lord Jesus. A-men.

If you prayed this prayer for the first time, you are now a child of God. Through the Holy Spirit, you have a personal relationship with the creator of the universe and Jesus Christ.
If you were already a Christian, only in a state of apostasy of sorts, now you are back in fellowship with the living God, our creator.

Either way, we are called to walk in the Faith, daily. That means to pray continually, study the Word of God[Bible], and attend church regularly with other believers in Christ.  By doing these things, we will be able to stand firm against Satan and his schemes—thus avoiding apostasy.

May we all stand firm in Christ and stand against Satan and his schemes,

Gary The Tested

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

God Allows Adversities—Because He Loves

God Molds Us With His Mighty Hands

God allows hardships in our lives so we can (1) grow closer to Him (2) grow in faith (3) comfort others.

(1)- 1 Peter 4:19- So then, those who suffer according to God’s Will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good.

Acts 14:22- Strengthen the disciples and encouraging them to remain true to the faith. “We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God,” they said.


If we are suffering, commit to the Lord. Draw close to him. There is a reason for the anguish. Study God’s Word. Pray continually. God will reveal through his Holy Spirit, in time, why we are going through the storm. He will hold us tight in the palm of His mighty hand as the storm surrounds us and swirls around us.

One of the possibilities for the storm is, we are being tested by Satan. A testing is when Satan stands before the throne of God in heaven and petitions God to test a person. He has studied us and finds us with unrighteousness. God allows the testing to purify us; we are refined by fire.

For more information on testing, I invite everyone to read my article: The Full Armor Of God—Wear It!

Not every storm is from Satan. This is a broken world. Bad things happen to good people all the time; a bad medical report, family issues, work relationship problems, financial hardships. All these problems can lead to horrible consequences, sometimes at the best we can do.

These catastrophes in our lives will rip us apart—tear or families into pieces. Our best solution is to turn to our heavenly Father for comfort and guidance and ride out the hurricane. As the winds of disaster blow in our lives, rest in the palms of His mighty hands. Ride out the storm in His strength. If we rely on his strength, we will survive the storm.

2 Corinthians 12: 10- That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weakness, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

Ephesians 6:10- Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.


(2)- Grow in Faith- When God allows a storm into our lives, it can be for many reasons. Many of these reasons are not for us to understand.

Isaiah 55:8-9- “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. 9- As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.

All things are in God’s control; he owns the entire world. When the Lord allows a catastrophic event into our lives, it can be difficult to think of him as good and loving. How could a God who loves his people allow bad things to happen to good people?—especially when he has the power so stop the hurricane.

We must consider that this is a broken world; full of sin. Bad things happen all around us, all the time. Sometimes, God rescues us from the disaster, and in his wisdom, sometimes he does not. He allows us to go through the event even though he loves us with a deep love that is beyond our understanding.  The question is, where is our focus?


2 Timothy 3:16- All scripture is God –breathed and is useful for teaching, reproofing, for correcting and training in righteousness.

2 Peter 1: 20- 21-Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation. 21- For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.

Sometimes God’s reason for allowing us to go through a storm is to drive us upward toward Him, in our faith. The Lord, through the Holy Spirit, will call us to read His Word with a passion, perhaps like never before. Through the reading of the bible, the Holy Spirit will reveal God’s truths to us that we never understood before. The scriptures will take on new meaning; they will become alive to us.

God will use the horrific event to reveal new truths about himself to us through his Word and allow an increased pouring out of His Holy Spirit upon us. (This may be accompanied by excessive crying or weeping)

God grows our faith in spurts like this. He might use a storm as the event to grow us.


(3)- Teach us to comfort others. It is difficult to feel mercy toward someone else’s pain if we have not been through pain ourselves. Pain is a universal bond. The pain does not have to be the same but sometimes it is the same or often times relatable. God allows his children to go through pain, to help others who are suffering; that is only one reason.

Romans 8:17-18- Now if we are children, then we are heir –heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his suffering in order that we may also share in his glory. 18- I consider that our present sufferings are not worthy comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.

We are called to share in Christ suffering; we also will share in his glory, if we remain faithful to him to the end.

Therefore, since we as Christians are called to share in Christ’ sufferings, in all pain, we must run our race, no matter what the Lord has called us to do. Encourage one another in our pain.

If we are not sure what our race is, pray and ask the Lord for his wisdom as to what our purpose is. He will reveal our purpose for us in His good time. Wisdom is waiting for the Lord while remaining in the faith.  By remaining in the faith, we pray, read our bible, and attend church; walk in the Lord.

One part of running our race is comforting others who are in pain. We should be quick with comfort and compassion—but withholding judgement. Since we have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, none of us has the right to judge—no matter what a person’s pain.

For more information on running your race, I invite everyone to read my article:

Run Your Race For Jesus

Be like Christ and give comfort to others.

John 15:9- As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love.
God’s love gives us the ability to love, if we are abiding in his love.

John 14:15- “If you love me, you will obey what I command.”
If we truly love the Lord Jesus, we will be eager to follow his commandments; we will pick up our cross and follow him.

1 John 3:11- This is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another.

If we say, we love Jesus, then we must love one another. If we call ourselves Christians—Christs’ followers, we are required to love as he loves us. To love with agape love isn’t humanly possible; loving unconditionally is a trait that is given to us from the Father, through his Holy Spirit. Pray that God will give you, as I do, a heart that loves with agape love (Deep and unconditional love) of the Father in heaven.

For more on God’s agape love, I invite all to read my article: God’s Agape Love, Displayed For All To See

Let’s all pray for Christ’s love (agape love) toward everyone and give comfort and love to all who hurt,

Gary The Tested


Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Are You Ready?—When Jesus Returns?

Jesus Is Returning Soon!

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 – Brothers, we do not want you to be ignorant about those who fall asleep, or to grieve like the rest of men, who have no hope. 14- We believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. 15- According to the Lord’s own Word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16- For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with a voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17- After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. 18- Therefore encourage each other with these words.

1 Corinthians 15: 52- 53-in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. 53- For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable and the mortal with the immortality.

John 5:28-29- Do not be amazed at this, for a time is coming when all who are in their graves will hear His voice 29- and come out—those who have done good will rise to live, and those who have done evil will rise to be condemned.


Daniel 12:1-2- At that time Michael, the great prince who protects your people, will arise. There will be a time of distress such as has not happened from the beginning of nations until then. But at that time your people—everyone whose name is found written in the book—will be delivered. 2- Multitudes who sleep in the dust of the earth will awake: some to everlasting life, others to shame and everlasting contempt.


Everyone dead will rise at that moment, the non-believers in Christ, during the rapture will rise from their craves. (John 5:28-29) All will rise.

Will non-believers receive a resurrected body, as believers in Christ do, or remain in spirit? (Luke 16) Jesus tells the parable of The Rich Man and Lazarus. Lazarus dies and goes to heaven. The rich man dies and goes to hell. His tongue was (is) overheated from the fire he is in. He was(is) in torment. A spirit body would not feel pain. A physical body of some type would feel torment.

Matthew 10:28 – Jesus said, “Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.


The scriptures suggests people in hell have some type of physical body that can be tormented.


What will our ( Believers in Jesus Christ) resurrected bodies be like? Paul gives us an idea in (1 Corinthians 15:35-54) Our heavenly bodies will be completely different from the earthly bodies. Changed forever, immortal. Imperishable, raised in glory, raised in power, also a spiritual body, people from heaven- likeness of Christ.


2 Corinthians 5:6-8- Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord.  7- We live by faith, not by sight. 8- We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord.


When our earth body fails to function, we are taken immediately to heaven to be with our Lord. This process takes only a second. Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death , is your sting? (1 Corinthians 15:55)


REVELATION6:9-11- When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the alter the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God and the testimony they had maintained. 10- They called out in a loud voice, “How long, Sovereign Lord, holy and true, until you judge the inhabitants of the earth and avenge our blood? 11- Then each of them was given a white robe, and they were told to wait a little longer, until the number of their fellow servants and brothers were to be killed as they had been was completed.


According to this scripture, as our souls(Us-Who we are-Our person) waits for the rapture and our resurrected bodies(Which will be out of this world), we live in heaven with the Lord. We are given some type of temporary, physical body that is capable of supporting a robe. That scripture is a hint of the bodies we will have at that time.

Then, at the moment of rapture, all the dead will rise from their graves, no matter where their graves are. All will receive their resurrected bodies. (I believe the bodies of Christ’s followers will be different than that of non-believers. Our bodies will be designed by God for heaven, Christ-like. Non-believers bodies will be designed by God for a total separation from the Lord in hell, the burning lake of fire, for all eternity.)

We believers in Christ, will live with our Lord Jesus and the Lord God Almighty and the Holy Spirit in heaven for all eternity. We will have our resurrected bodies designed for His purpose.
Non-believers will spend all eternity in the lake of fire with Satan, his fallen angels, in their resurrected bodies designed by God to endure that environment, separated from God.

Where are you going to spend eternity? Jesus said, “If you are not for me, you are against me.”
If you do not choose Jesus, you are choosing Satan. It’s that simple. It does not matter if you don’t like it. It does not matter if you remain in denial your entire life. If you reject Jesus for any reason, you are choosing Satan.

Please choose Jesus.  Your eternity depends on it.

How do you choose Jesus? You must believe Jesus died on the cross for your sins. That He took your punishment for your sins. He died for your sins. Jesus went to hell in your place; for you. On the third day, God raised him out of hell and the grave and gave him a resurrected body. You must believe this happened for you; because Jesus did it for you. All mankind; every person who will ever live. He bought our way into heaven. That is the only way we could get there; by Jesus’ sacrifice on our behalf. A free gift, we must accept it and believe.

Next, with the repentance of a child, pray to the Lord that you are truly sorry for your sins and you want God’s forgiveness for your sins. That you want Jesus to be the Lord of your life. You want him to be your Lord and Savior. Pray this in Jesus name. A-men. Pray with a sincere heart with true repentance.

If you prefer, there is a Believer’s Prayer at the beginning of this blog. Pray that prayer with sincerity and repentance. Jesus will become your Lord and Savior. He will change your life for all eternity. It is God’s Will for all to receive Him and come to His Son, Jesus.

Become a believer in Christ and wait expectantly for Christ’s return,

Gary The Tested

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Put On The Full Armor Of God

Protect Yourself From Satan

Ephesians 6:13-18- Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.


If you are called by the Lord to read or study the gospel of Job you are being tested.
Satan petitioned God at His throne in heaven to test you. And God allowed Satan to do so for a reason. That’s right. Satan and God had a conversation at the throne of God in heaven and they discussed you. In time, God will reveal to you why He allowed Satan to test you.

During his testing, Satan attacks your emotions; agonizing fear and terror. Deep loss and depression. Uncontrollable crying. No appetite (food repulses you) and more. All to the point of near or possible death. He will cause you to lose your church, job, home, children, spouse, family, everything, life. He can only do what God allows him to do.

Job 1:12 The Lord said to Satan, “Very well then, everything he has is in your hands, but on the man himself do not lay a finger.”

Job 2:6 The Lord said to Satan, “Very well then, he is in your hands, but you must spare his life.”

Satan will study you, look for your weakness, then use someone or something to attack you. If you are married, he will study your spouse as well. He will attack whichever of you two he feels is the easier target for him to destroy you and your spouse. His goal is to destroy your life—completely and totally.

Satan will use someone from your church, family, job, neighborhood, close friend, etc to betray you and his testing will begin. This person will behave demon-like. They will terrify you to the point of almost death. Remember Satan will manipulate your emotions. You will feel deep emotions that you would not normally feel. His testing may go on for years. You could be reduced to skin and bones while struggling to sleep or eat. You may be barely able to function in life as you attempt to keep your family together as you deal with whatever outside crisis Satan has brought into your life via this person or thing or circumstance he is using (his tool to torment you). This can go on until you are nearly to the point of death or your family is broken apart. You may lose your job, your home, lose everything.

The person Satan uses is always someone who is not saved but who is faking Christianity. If you remember back through history with this person, there were lots of red flags. And you did not know what to do with the warning signs so you ignored them. God tries to warn us to stay away from these people, but we must heed His warnings. Someone who is very loud, always drawing attention to themselves, is someone to keep an eye on. God loves the humble and meek. Learn to be a good fruit inspector. If God shows you the red flags, you don’t need to understand. Obey the Lord and keep your distance, you’ll be glad you did.

Galatians 5:22- 23a- But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

Satan petitions God night and day to test the Lord’s people. To protect yourself against Satan’s testing, don’t tell lies, don’t gossip, don’t steal, pray continually, live a righteous life, live a Christ-like life. Be honest, good, humble, and fair. Do not have any unconfessed sin in your life. Read and study the bible (Word of God). Make sure your faith is sure and steady. Believe God keeps his promises. Make certain you are saved. That Jesus Christ is your Lord and Savior and the Holy Spirit dwells within you. Then pray in the Spirit for all the saints. And attend church.

Pray for wisdom. Pray for the Lord to draw you close to Him.

Psalms 91:11- For He will command His angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways.

Pray for God’s hedge of protection. He will send His angles to protect you.

Pray that God will increase your faith; use you for His glory in this world.

When Satan is finished with you and your testing comes to an end, if your family is still intact, and you still have your job and home, you have fared better than most.

Know this, Satan always betrays the person he used to betray and test you (his tool). After Satan is finished with you and your family, he betrays that person and goes after them, but much, much worse. If you thought you got it bad, what you got was child’s play compared to what that person got from Satan.

Final note: The Lord (via my wife) asked me to write this article. The information I am giving you about testing and Satan, except for the scriptures, is from my own experiences.

Put on the Full Armor of God,

Gary The Tested