Libray of Congress 1999

 

2nd Edition 2009
 
 

 GOD IS DEPENDABLE

  CHAPTER 1
 
 C H A P T E R .1

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Understanding the reality of the biblical teachings comes by implementing Bible principles. "Pick up your cross and follow me,” means just that. Faith in God develops from trust in God. Trust in God comes from confirmation that the Bible is true. Truthfulness of the scriptures comes from putting it through the test. The test is: does the application of principles preserve the Christian’s life and bring the blessings God promises?

Many Christians believe this is just about prayer. Too often there is no fulfillment without the Life of Christ. Unfulfilled prayer makes many disbelievers. God only responds to prayers that correspond with His will and our prayers may not be what He deems good for us. His love does not mean fulfilling our whims. He is what they call today ‘tough love’. His love is what He believes makes us grow into Him so we can become what He wants us to be not what we want to be. And what would that be about? A life that runs smoothly with a fun job, a good husband, lovely kids and enough money to take care of vacations? If all were taken care of we would not need God.

Many evangelists teach the prosperity Gospel, if you just give to us, all blessings will flow to you. That is not God’s message. God is raising sons and daughters in the likeness of Jesus Christ, able to do God’s will in the face of the devil.

Transplanted as an American citizen to Germany in 1933 to live through the Nazi regime it describes it from a German’s perspective that is rare and often misunderstood. I contend that Hitler was the devil’s instrument perpetrating his agenda to overthrow Bible prophecy. In some respects the devil made huge inroads on God’s plans for a family for Himself. Not only did millions lose access to their bodies but also spiritual effects after it was over were devastating. The depth of human depravity revealed publicly caused many people to give up on God since He was the creator of human beings and people like to believe that people are basically good because God is a good God. How could He create such monsters and how could He allow the killing of millions of not only Jews but all other nationalities. The casualties of that particular war, WWII, including the camps, approached a hundred million. Stalin, a Jew, drug millions of Germans to slave camps in Siberia and many died on route. They walked on dirt roads in freezing temperatures not meant for human existent.

Cities in Germany and Britain were under constant attacks by air for years. Had people read the Bible, they would have understood that the events related to the Old Testament and prophecies of the future in the New Testament. God makes his thoughts very clear through His prophets. On the other hand many came and are still coming to Christ because WWII revealed that the Bible is a prophecy that will be completely fulfilled soon. On the other hand people like myself had to go on living when there seemed to be no reason to if that was what life was all about. The fear of a rerun of that disaster seemed eminent. People like myself had to be motivated some other way to continue living. Houses and material things had lost their meaning since they could so easily be ripped out from under a person. There had to be more to life than that. I took to reading and listening to people to see how they coped and that eventually led to God. To tell you the truth, I was nine years old when my life began to experience the effects of war and I’m still putting the puzzle together of what it is all about and it is close to seventy years later today. The struggle for the truth is like mining for gold. You find a nugget here and a nugget there. The rest of the information is lie upon lie upon lie.

Even though there are documentaries about Hitler’s demise from people who were there supposedly, somehow people have come up with a number of stories that cannot be verified. Stalin insisted that he had examined Hitler’s skull since the death occurred in the Russian occupied Berlin. Some believe that the man in the bunker in Berlin found dead with Eva Brown supposedly, was an impostor, that Hitler used underground tunnels to get away and died in Spain in 1950. Others swear that he was brought to South America and died there. Others believe that he is still alive there. So one can take their pick basically. Like Elvis, who pops up here and there supposedly alive. They simply can’t give him up.

To answer the question why Jews were singled out of all the nations on earth to be pursued to their death can only be found in the Bible. Sometimes it occurs to me that Jesus, a Jew, represented TRUTH that couldn’t be tolerated because He represented the fact that God exists. “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the TRUTH, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.(John 14:6) To get rid of Jesus it would get rid of Romans 1:18 “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;” They nailed Jesus to the cross.

As long as there are Jews, there are reminders of the truth of the Bible, which simply cannot be tolerated. It seems that they must be eradicated. In other words truth cannot be tolerated. “And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.” (John 3:19)

There is no excuse. Many believers believe that they have been especially selected which is heresy considering the facts in 1 Timothy 2:4 “Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.” God is not a respecter of persons. He gave all human beings the option by giving them the Light to begin with. See John 1

What we need is the love of truth. “And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth:(2 Thessalonians 2:10,12,13)

Speaking of the Spirit, the Holy Spirit, Whose dispensation this is. Jesus sent Him after He returned to His Father, to represent Jesus Christ and gather His Church to Himself: “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.” (John 16:13)

Again to those who prefer darkness realize your lot before it is too late. “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;” (Romans 1:18)

The underlying secret about Jews is just now coming to light as well and reveals what really happened. The Bible relates to our character often as metals or clay. Metal is tempered with heat and tools that shape it and clay is a mixture of water and clay placed on a potter’s wheel to shape containers that hold something in them. In even other Scriptures we are likened to wine bottles that hold old or new wine. God has to relate to us in words that we understand and we have to realize that they symbolize what God is doing with us. It is not to be interpreted literally. For me to understand what God is talking about I went through many books over my lifetime before I got to the Bible. To find truth we have to have patience and endurance that turn out to be qualities that the Holy Spirit seeks to develop in us.

To understand how Satan operates I passed through his ranks and saw the reality of it. This book is an actual account and witness of mechanisms in place to lead Christians to loose their souls. What I discovered was that Christianity is not an automatic, natural occurrence. Adam and Eve gave dominion to the father of lies at the beginning and still do today. It is not safe to assume that all is well.

The apostle Paul wrote this about himself: “But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead. Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:7-14)

Paul asked for His Scriptures during His final days to insure His communication line with God was in tact. If the Bible is true, everything in it is true. The reason many are going to perish is the fact that laborers are few. “Then saith He unto His disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; (Matthew 9:37). Two faithful believers send their monthly love gift are a powerful testimony to me that there are others who feel like I do about the Gospel. That is what it is about. We can only be a light if we participate doing the Gospel in the name of Jesus Christ.

There is no desire to frighten Christians but to bring the good news that God is dependable and the final result will be the fulfillment of the following scripture: “Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.” (Romans 15:13)

Since a great deal of this book deals with cults, even Hitler was a cult leader; Christians need to understand what cults are willing to do to get new members. Their expertise knows no restraint. Financially, they have access to most sophisticated sales techniques through the media and missionaries. They are applied without shame. The Bible Answer Man said “If Christians would do what cult members do for their cults, we would all be converted to Christianity. “

The first question from people's lips was always, "how did you get into this situation?" There was no simple answer. If you read the book it will answer that question clearly.

In making the Bible one's focal point, it becomes obvious that God is not a formula. He is drawing us in the way He sees fit. Every life has a different calling and experience. It is meant to fit a certain need in the Body of Christ. God expects to exert control over our natural sin nature by the Holy Spirit. The life of Christ is lived in the spiritual realm and not accessible by physical means. That is why it is indestructible. It can only be received from the realm either from God or the devil. Satan is a spirit being and has that kind of influence as well and many are open to Satan and don’t realize that Satan is out to destroy their souls. Most hard rock concerts portray the evilness of hell.

The gospel is simple. Our answer has to be: yes or no. There is no gray area. Being undecided is to leave the door open to the devil. God tells us to contend for the faith. It means struggle for the faith. He has the right to expect us to love Him above all and back it up with our tangible witness. It is futile for men or women to think that we can compare ourselves to the Glory of God although at some point in our existence we will receive a glorified body that is incorruptible and eternal just as Jesus did.

The more forgiveness we need, the greater our appreciation for God. To think God gave His human body’s life for our sins is simply awesome. He set us free from our sinful nature and opted not to remember our past. If He had created robots, He would not have come to earth in person and put Himself on the cross. We would have been his perfect little children. Satan creates robots to use for his own purposes. He throws them away when the youth and vigor departs. There is no advantage to serving him, outside of worldly substance. What happens when death knocks on the door? It is over and too late to start thinking about eternity.

Looking at the decline of the world, it becomes obvious with all the knowledge available to man in many forms, such as sciences, religions and philosophies; solutions to man's condition are not forthcoming. To get rid of the problem, man again has decided that there are too many people on this planet and too much diversity. The motto over the past fifty years, ‘Let us come together’ as one body and by depopulation show progress as an alternative to self-destruction.

But as many as received him [Jesus Christ], to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. 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.” (John 1:12-14)

It is most difficult for adults to hear Jesus when He said the following: "And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven .” (Matthew 18:3) Why is that? You might ask.

God expects us to lay down the very accomplishments we have worked so hard to achieve and start over. God uses a child's attitude. To come to the truth one has to keep digging. There is a tendency to come to a plateau and stop. We think all is well, when we may be far from it.

A child keeps exploring, learning, growing and loving all that it meets. It loves intensely without restraint, but also hurts intensely when it fails to achieve its goal. Father or mother is close to sooth the pain. This is where God wants us to be in our lives. He wishes to be the caring Father. God revealed Himself in the most unexpected form of experiences most of the time by using believers. It is much easier to allow Him to solve our problems. We as human beings can’t compete with God because of His allknowingness, His access to people and His unconditional love.

The timing of events, the uniqueness of the experience, not written anywhere nor channeled, nor suggested and the end product confirms His Word, "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28). Even when Satan thought he had the upper hand, he found himself defeated.

"He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy. (Proverbs 28:13) - If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. See 1 John 1:8- 9. “Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” (James 5:16)Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.” (1 Peter 5:7)

That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:” (1 Peter 1:7) The book proves that we cannot overcome Satan without God and that is the essence of our walk here. People who opt to live life on their own terms find themselves defeated sooner or later.

“Psalms 119:91-96: “They continue this day according to thine ordinances: for all are thy servants. Unless thy law had been my delights, I should then have perished in mine affliction. I will never forget thy precepts: for with them thou hast quickened me. I am thine, save me; for I have sought thy precepts. The wicked have waited for me to destroy me: but I will consider thy testimonies. I have seen an end of all perfection: but thy commandment is exceeding broad.”

"Your word, O LORD, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens. Your faithfulness continues through all generations; you established the earth, and it endures. Your laws endure to this day, for all things serve you. If your law had not been my delight, I would have perished in my affliction. I will never forget your precepts, for by them you have preserved my life. Save me, for I am yours; I have sought out your precepts. The wicked are waiting to destroy me, but I will ponder your statutes. To all perfection I see a limit; but your commands are boundless." Psalms 119:89-96. “One generation shall praise thy works to another, and shall declare thy mighty acts.” (Psalms 145:4).

Who is our teacher, but the Holy Spirit. “But the anointing which ye have received of Him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.” (1 John 2:27)

A Psalm of David: "...Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness: thou hast enlarged me when I was in distress; have mercy upon me, and hear my prayer.(Psalms 4:1).

It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power: It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body. And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual. The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven. As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly.” (1 Corinthians 15:43-48).

"Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ, Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father: To whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.” (Galatians 1:3-5) 

 
 
 

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