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“About The Great Tribulation”

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For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.” Matthew 24:21.

 

As we begin to discuss about the great tribulation, it is important we first understand the meaning of the keyword ‘tribulation’ as used in the opening text…

 

The word translated as ‘tribulation’ in the opening text, is from the Greek word ‘thlipsis’, meaning—pressure. It means pressure—either literally or figuratively. Other synonyms of the word tribulation as translated in the New Testament are: affliction, anguish, burden, persecution, and trouble.

 

All through the ages, since the fall of Adam and Eve, mankind has faced several kinds of tribulation and disaster. Some God-made—by his sovereign ideal; some man-made; and some others, devils’-made…

 

Even Israel—the chosen nation of God—also went through tribulations from God as a result of their evil deeds. Then the Church of Christ, since her emergence after the death, resurrection and ascension of Christ, has also suffered tribulations, especially in the form of persecution from non-believers.

 

But concerning the great tribulation, the Lord tells us in his own words that the great tribulation is a special kind of tribulation. That has never been experienced since the beginning of the world till the time he was speaking…

 

And that the great tribulation will not have its kind after it. Many Christian theologians are divided on their understanding and explanation of the great tribulation as mentioned by the Lord. Especially concerning its features and timing. So in this article, we want to see exactly what the scriptures say concerning the great tribulation.

 

The Features of the Great Tribulation

 

Having already known the meaning of the word ‘tribulation’, the great tribulation can therefore be explained as a period of great and unusual affliction. On the entire world and its inhabitants. And the major features of the great tribulation from scriptures are as follows:

 

1)    A Period of Great Deception: “For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect”—Matthew 24:24. A major feature of the great tribulation is an unusual emergence of deception.

 Which will be masterminded by the anti-Christ and his false prophet (see 2 Thessallonians2:9-11; Revelation 13:13-15) the bible says the deceptions at the great tribulation will be so strong that if it were possible, the very elect of God shall also be deceived.
 

2)    A Period of Great Persecution of the Saints: “And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues and nations”—Revelation 13:7 (see also Daniel 8:24).

Another prominent feature of the great tribulation is an unusual persecution of the Church. Yes, the church and saints of God of all ages have been persecuted and even martyred in large scale. But the persecution of the saints at the great tribulation will be far greater.

The world will be subjected to many kinds of idolatry and rituals of which anyone that fails to follow suit, will be killed or ostracised (see Revelation 13:12, 14-15).
 

3)    A Period of God’s Wrath: The final stage of the great tribulation is a period of unusual disaster from God (Revelation 16:1-14). And this last phase of the great tribulation will happen after the rapture of the Church at the second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The bible says the true believers will not partake of God’s wrath (1 Thessalonians 5:9).

To better understand this fact, the words of our Lord Jesus give us an eye-opener. Here are his exact words: “But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered the ark; and knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.”—Matthew 24:37-39.

So amidst the great tribulation, Christ will come and rapture his church and after that, the remaining inhabitants of the earth will face the wrath of God as it was in the days of Noah.

 

Admonishment to the Church Concerning the Great Tribulation

 

With the above three features of the great tribulation, it is very clear that the saints or believers will partake of the great tribulation. Especially the periods of great deception and persecution. But the believers will not partake of the last phase of the great tribulation which is the wrath of God or the judgement of God.

However, concerning the great tribulation, the Lord admonishes the believers thus:

 

“Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man”—Luke 21:36.

 

From the above scripture, the Lord admonishes us concerning the great tribulation to be watchful and prayerful always. So we may be accounted worthy of escaping the things that shall come to pass at the great tribulation so that in the end, we will be able to stand before him—the Son of man.

 

Escape as used in the above scripture, can take either of two forms… Either escaping through death or martyr; or escaping through the rapture at the second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Those who do not escape the great tribulation will be taken in the tribulation. Either they are taken by the great deception or are taken by the great persecution through personal subjection…

 

 And that is why the Lord admonishes us to be watchful and prayerful always. Because it’s only through these two spiritual tools we would be able to escape the great deception and persecution of the end-time at the great tribulation…

 

 And finally be able to stand before our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ in paradise forever.

 

Remain Blessed!

 

Emeke Odili

 

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For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.” Matthew 24:21.

 

As we begin to discuss about the great tribulation, it is important we first understand the meaning of the keyword ‘tribulation’ as used in the opening text…

 

The word translated as ‘tribulation’ in the opening text, is from the Greek word ‘thlipsis’, meaning—pressure. It means pressure—either literally or figuratively. Other synonyms of the word tribulation as translated in the New Testament are: affliction, anguish, burden, persecution, and trouble.

 

All through the ages, since the fall of Adam and Eve, mankind has faced several kinds of tribulation and disaster. Some God-made—by his sovereign ideal; some man-made; and some others, devils’-made…

 

Even Israel—the chosen nation of God—also went through tribulations from God as a result of their evil deeds. Then the Church of Christ, since her emergence after the death, resurrection and ascension of Christ, has also suffered tribulations, especially in the form of persecution from non-believers.

 

But concerning the great tribulation, the Lord tells us in his own words that the great tribulation is a special kind of tribulation. That has never been experienced since the beginning of the world till the time he was speaking…

 

And that the great tribulation will not have its kind after it. Many Christian theologians are divided on their understanding and explanation of the great tribulation as mentioned by the Lord. Especially concerning its features and timing. So in this article, we want to see exactly what the scriptures say concerning the great tribulation.

 

The Features of the Great Tribulation

 

Having already known the meaning of the word ‘tribulation’, the great tribulation can therefore be explained as a period of great and unusual affliction. On the entire world and its inhabitants. And the major features of the great tribulation from scriptures are as follows:

 

1)    A Period of Great Deception: “For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect”—Matthew 24:24. A major feature of the great tribulation is an unusual emergence of deception.

 Which will be masterminded by the anti-Christ and his false prophet (see 2 Thessallonians2:9-11; Revelation 13:13-15) the bible says the deceptions at the great tribulation will be so strong that if it were possible, the very elect of God shall also be deceived.
 

2)    A Period of Great Persecution of the Saints: “And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues and nations”—Revelation 13:7 (see also Daniel 8:24).

Another prominent feature of the great tribulation is an unusual persecution of the Church. Yes, the church and saints of God of all ages have been persecuted and even martyred in large scale. But the persecution of the saints at the great tribulation will be far greater.

The world will be subjected to many kinds of idolatry and rituals of which anyone that fails to follow suit, will be killed or ostracised (see Revelation 13:12, 14-15).
 

3)    A Period of God’s Wrath: The final stage of the great tribulation is a period of unusual disaster from God (Revelation 16:1-14). And this last phase of the great tribulation will happen after the rapture of the Church at the second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The bible says the true believers will not partake of God’s wrath (1 Thessalonians 5:9).

To better understand this fact, the words of our Lord Jesus give us an eye-opener. Here are his exact words: “But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered the ark; and knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.”—Matthew 24:37-39.

So amidst the great tribulation, Christ will come and rapture his church and after that, the remaining inhabitants of the earth will face the wrath of God as it was in the days of Noah.

 

Admonishment to the Church Concerning the Great Tribulation

 

With the above three features of the great tribulation, it is very clear that the saints or believers will partake of the great tribulation. Especially the periods of great deception and persecution. But the believers will not partake of the last phase of the great tribulation which is the wrath of God or the judgement of God.

However, concerning the great tribulation, the Lord admonishes the believers thus:

 

“Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man”—Luke 21:36.

 

From the above scripture, the Lord admonishes us concerning the great tribulation to be watchful and prayerful always. So we may be accounted worthy of escaping the things that shall come to pass at the great tribulation so that in the end, we will be able to stand before him—the Son of man.

 

Escape as used in the above scripture, can take either of two forms… Either escaping through death or martyr; or escaping through the rapture at the second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Those who do not escape the great tribulation will be taken in the tribulation. Either they are taken by the great deception or are taken by the great persecution through personal subjection…

 

 And that is why the Lord admonishes us to be watchful and prayerful always. Because it’s only through these two spiritual tools we would be able to escape the great deception and persecution of the end-time at the great tribulation…

 

 And finally be able to stand before our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ in paradise forever.

 

Remain Blessed!

 

Emeke Odili

 

We need to pray for the church in "Nigeria" as many are in great tribulation without food and clothing, as many wolves are behind pulpits taking $Millions$ living in mansions, driving luxury cars, airplanes, big bank accounts

 

"Wolves In Sheeps Clothing"!

 

(David Oyedepo) $150 million

four airplanes, with homes around the world, as many don't have food and cloting in a country that has a per captia income of $2,000 US dollars annually.

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3 minutes ago, Truth7t7 said:

We need to pray for the church in "Nigeria" as many are in great tribulation without food and clothing, as many wolves are behind pulpits taking $Millions$ living in mansions, driving luxury cars, airplanes, big bank accounts

 

"Wolves In Sheeps Clothing"!

 

(David Oyedepo) $150 million

four airplanes, with homes around the world, as many don't have food and cloting in a country that has a per captia income of $2,000 US dollars annually.

Alright,

 

can we get to the main topic now?

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9 minutes ago, Emekrus said:

Alright,

 

can we get to the main topic now?

Im talking about the topic, "The Great Tribulation"

 

Many in Nigeria are experiencing this, as deception in the "Word Of Faith" doctrine is taking the poors monies as many have no food or clothing.

 

Are you aware of the "Great Tribulation" taking place currently in Nigeria?

 

We need to pray for the church in "Nigeria" as many are in great tribulation without food and clothing, as many wolves are behind pulpits taking $Millions$ living in mansions, driving luxury cars, airplanes, big bank accounts

 

"Wolves In Sheeps Clothing"!

 

(David Oyedepo) $150 million

four airplanes, with homes around the world, as many don't have food and cloting in a country that has a per captia income of $2,000 US dollars annually.

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1 minute ago, Truth7t7 said:

Im talking about the topic, "The Great Tribulation"

 

Many in Nigeria are experiencing this, as deception in the "Word Of Faith" doctrine is taking the poors monies as they starve and have no food.

 

Are you aware of the "Great Tribulation" taking place currently in Nigeria?

 

We need to pray for the church in "Nigeria" as many are in great tribulation without food and clothing, as many wolves are behind pulpits taking $Millions$ living in mansions, driving luxury cars, airplanes, big bank accounts

 

"Wolves In Sheeps Clothing"!

 

(David Oyedepo) $150 million

four airplanes, with homes around the world, as many don't have food and cloting in a country that has a per captia income of $2,000 US dollars annually.

So you believe the great tribulation has already started?

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Throughout history Christians have suffered tribulation as a result of persecution.  This is part of the Christian experience.  During the Great Tribulation God will be judging the earth.  Christians will not be subject to this tribulation.  Jesus compared the time of his return with the days of Lot.  Lot was taken out of Sodom before God judged it; Christians will be taken out of the world before God judges it.

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The phrase  "the great tribulation" is not found in Scripture. 

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2 hours ago, Becky said:

The phrase  "the great tribulation" is not found in Scripture. 

Actually, that is not true. Revelation 7:14

 

14 I said to him, “Sir, you know.” And he said to me, “These are the ones coming out of the great tribulation. They have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. 


The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (Wheaton: Standard Bible Society, 2016), Re 7:14.

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OK :classic_smile:

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4 hours ago, theophilus said:

Throughout history Christians have suffered tribulation as a result of persecution.  This is part of the Christian experience.  During the Great Tribulation God will be judging the earth.  Christians will not be subject to this tribulation.  Jesus compared the time of his return with the days of Lot.  Lot was taken out of Sodom before God judged it; Christians will be taken out of the world before God judges it.

I Don't See The Future "Antichrist/Beast Ruling As Many Teach And Claim?

Rev 11:1-15 Is A Good Summary Of The Tribulation, The Two Witnesses Will Be In Control, Just Like The Day's Of Moses, Aaron, And Pharoh In Egypt, Same Scenario 

Revelation 11:3-6 & 10KJV
3 And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.
4 These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth.
5 And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed.
6 These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will.

10 And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth.

Rev 9:4 The Saved Believers Are Sealed And Protected From The Plagues, The Holy Spirit Seals The Believers Until The Day Of Redemption "Eternity"! Eph 1:13, 4:30.

Ephesians 1:13KJV
In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,

Ephesians 4:30KJV
And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.

It Was Commanded Them, God's Instruction, Don't Hurt The Green Food Or Sealed Believers!

Revelation 9:4King James Version (KJV)
4 And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads.

The Antichrist Has His Seat And Power For 42 Months Rev 13:5 Or 1260 Days, So Do The Two Witnesses Rev 11:3 , Who Will Stand As Moses And Aaron Did Against Pharoh, "Day For Day"!

Gotta Clean The Ole Brain Out From The False Teachings In Propaganda, The Left Behind Series, Movies, ETC, False Deception!

Revelation 3:9-13 Paints A good Picture Of The Church In The Tribulation, Hope Ya Get It!

Revelation 3:9-13KJV
Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.
10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.
11 Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.
12 Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.
13 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

Were The Hebrews Living In Fear During The Plagues In Egypt? 

Exodus 8:22KJV
And I will sever in that day the land of Goshen, in which my people dwell, that no swarms of flies shall be there; to the end thou mayest know that I am the Lord in the midst of the earth.

Exodus 9:26KJV
Only in the land of Goshen, where the children of Israel were, was there no hail.

Isaiah 26:3KJV
Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.

Many False Fear Preachers & Teachers Keep Silent The "Two Witnesses" Seen In Revelation Chapter 11, And Silenced Also Is The Fact That Only Those Unsaved/Unsealed Will Be Affected By The Plagues As Seen Commanded In Revelation 9:4.

"Many Are Misled By False Teaching", That Many Will Have To Receive The Mark Or Worship The Beast, Refusal Will Be Death/Beheaded?

100% False, Those That Receive The Future Mark And Worship Of The Beast, "They Will Be Deceived Into Doing This", By The False Miracles Rev 19:20 Describes This!

Revelation 19:20KJV
And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.

Will Their Be Tribulation Martyrs For The Glory Of The Lord Jesus Christ, "Absolutely" Those That Are Chosen To Be. Just As There Are Martyrs Of The Past And Present.

The Lord Jesus Christ Will Be In Control Of "The Future Great Tribulation", Just As God, Moses, And Aaron Were In Control Of Egypt.

1 Corinthians 10:13KJV
There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

Jesus Christ Is The Lord!

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But the anointing (Holy Spirit) which you have received from Him abides in you and…teaches you all things, and is true, and is not a lie… Eph 6:11 Put on the whole armor of God (your spirit clothed with the protective truth of God’s words), that you may be able to stand against the wiles (deceits) of the devil.   In particular Satan imparts thoughts that contradict the true teaching that every believer in Christ needs to be baptized with and remain full of and under the control of the Holy Spirit. Because the Holy Spirit is the only One who can cause the word of God to become truth and light in the hearts of believers and so expose all of Satan’s works of darkness.   Acts 19:2 Have you received the Holy Spirit since you believed? Matt 3:11 …He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit… Eph 5:18 …be filled (continually) with Spirit… Rm 8:14 …as many as are led (under the control of) by the Spirit, these are the children of God.   Satan does not want to be known, but God wants to be known, He is the great revealer,   1 Cor 2:9-14 ….No (natural) mind has conceived the things which God has prepared for those who love Him. But God has revealed them to us by His Spirit…that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God…But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God…nor can he know them, for they are spiritually discerned (revealed by God’s Spirit to a person’s re-born spirit). Matt 11:25 …Jesus answered and said, “I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and have revealed them to babes” (to those spiritually born again and willing to grow up in spirit). Col 1:26-27 The mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations, but now has been revealed to His saints. To them God willed to make known…this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.   Everywhere in scripture our loving and redeeming Father makes indisputably clear His eagerness to reveal Himself to the hearts or spirits, but not to the intellects, of anyone who will allow Him to do so. This of course is the absolute worst thing from Satan’s standpoint and he will do everything possible to conceal this truth. He wants to stop people becoming Christians, and then if they do, to stop them becoming true disciples of Christ. Since they, with Christ actively living in them, will make others of his captives into Christ’s disciples too. Although Jesus Christ defeated Satan at Calvary he still controls the world and most of the Church because of their ignorance of his devices. And what is God doing? He is regaining control one soul at a time, as each soul turns at His correction so that He can make Himself known to their hearts by the Holy Spirit and through His word.   2 Tim 2:24-26 …the servant of the Lord must not strive (quarrel); but be gentle to all men (people), able to teach, patient, in meekness correcting them that oppose themselves; if perhaps God may grant them repentance unto the knowledge of the truth, And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will. NKJV Prov 1:23 Turn at my rebuke; Surely I will pour out My Spirit on you; I will make My words known to you (to make you holy as He is holy and to expose the beguiling thoughts of Satan). Jn 16:33 Jesus, These things I have spoken unto you (the truths in this message!)…In the world you shall have tribulation (trouble, because of the world, our own flesh, and the Devil), but be of good cheer; I have overcome (All your enemies!)… NKJV   Thank you Father for revealing the truth and for making a way for us to be more than conquerors, and to always triumph “in Christ”, Amen!

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    • George H.W. Bush Looked Forward to Heaven, Had ‘Great Faith in God,’ Friend Says

      Former President George H.W. Bush had a “great faith” in God and looked forward to heaven during his final hours, according to his friend and former secretary of state, James Baker. View the full article

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    • 111 Great Songs for Advent

      The perennial “how early is too early to listen?” debates exist, in part, because there is a glut of really great Christmas music in the world. Too much, some argue, to confine it to only one month of the year. But it’s December now, and Advent begins tomorrow (Sunday, December 2), so this year’s debates are over. It’s officially time to start listening to Christmas music. To that end, I have curated a new playlist of 111 Advent songs. Not “holiday” songs, mind you. Advent songs. You won’t find “Deck the Halls” or “Let It Snow” on this list (lovely as they are). But you will find songs that beautifully capture the theological gravitas of this season in the Christian calendar—a season that is about both joy and longing, celebration and expectation, gratitude and petition. The songs on this list include both centuries-old classics and recent originals. Many are somber and contemplative, appropriately subdued in the face of the majesty and mystery of the “God with us” incarnation. Others are jubilant and musically maximalist, appropriately grandiose in the face of the “Gloria in excelsis Deo!” worship that the birth of Christ demands. You can find all 111 songs in this playlist on Spotify. I pray this 7-plus hours of music will bless you and your loved ones during this and future Advent seasons. “O Come O Come Emmanuel,” Future of Forestry “Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus,” Robbie Seay Band “Love’s Coming Down (Isaiah),” Melanie Penn “Isaiah 11,” Rain for Roots “Emmanuel (Every Promise Yes in Him),” Caroline Cobb “Sing We the Song of Emmanuel,” Matt Boswell “Song of Zechariah,” The Gospel Coalition “The Coming of Jah,” Low “Comfort, Comfort Now My People,” Page CXVI “Joy to the World,” Sufjan Stevens “Oh for Joy,” Folk Hymnal “Joy,” 116, Abe Parker, Lecrae, Trip Lee “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” Belle and Sebastian “Hope,” The Brilliance “O Magnum Mysterium,” Morten Lauridsen “The Light Came Down,” Josh Garrels “Break Forth, O Beauteous Heavenly Light,” Choir of King’s College (Cambridge) “Light of the World,” Lauren Daigle “A Light,” The Brilliance “Mary’s Song,” Robbie Seay Band “Mary Consoles Eve,” Rain for Roots, Sandra McCracken “Breath of Heaven (Mary’s Song),” Amy Grant “The Earth Stood Still,” Future of Forestry “Silent Night,” Sojourn “O Holy Night,” Nat King Cole “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing!” Choir of King’s College (Cambridge) “Silent Night,” Over the Rhine “Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence,” The Modern Post “Noel,” Lauren Daigle and Chris Tomlin “First Noel,” Leslie Odom Jr. “Angels We Have Heard On High,” Sarah McLachlan “Gloria,” Josh Garrels “In Dulci Jubilo,” 14th century traditional “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing!” The Eagle and Child “Gift of Love (Angel Chorus),” Melanie Penn “O Come,” 116, CASS, nobigdyl, Tedashii “O Come All Ye Faithful,” Johnnnyswim “Lo, How a Rose ‘Ere Blooming,” Penny and Sparrow “There is No Rose of Such Virtue,” Sting “With Us,” MissionSong feat. Satoya Foster “Handel’s Messiah,” Jenny & Tyler “Unto Us,” JJ Heller “O Holy Night,” Future of Forestry “Go Tell It on the Mountain,” Young Oceans “Exult in the Savior’s Birth,” Matt Boswell “What Child is This Anyway?” Sufjan Stevens “Child of Love,” Sara Groves “Who Would Have Dreamed?” Sovereign Grace Music “Little Town,” Over the Rhine “City of David,” The Gray Havens “Once in Royal David’s City,” Choir of King’s College (Cambridge) “Messiah,” Bifrost Arts “Oh Little Town of Bethlehem,” Nat King Cole “Cradle in Bethlehem,” Sleeping At Last “The Friendly Beasts,” Sufjan Stevens “Coventry Carol,” Pentatonix “What Child Is This / The Holly and the Ivy,” Bing Crosby “Away in a Manger,” Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors “Manger Throne,” Third Day “The Cradle and the Cross,” Austin Stone Worship “God Made Low,” Sovereign Grace Music “Immanuel,” Folk Hymnal “Midwinter,” Audrey Assad “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear,” Ella Fitzgerald “Creator of the Stars at Night,” High Street Hymns “Still Still Still,” Future of Forestry “I Wonder and I Wander,” Chanticleer “O Come, All Ye Faithful,” Amy Grant “Star of Wonder,” Kurt Elling “Oh, Watch the Stars,” Elizabeth Mitchell, Aoife O’Donovan “Written on the Sky,” Max Richter “Star of Wonder,” JJ Heller “We Three Kings,” 116, Abe Parker, Lecrae, Paul Russell “Do You Hear What I Hear?” Future of Forestry “Awake My Soul, Awake My Tongue,” Page CXVI “Hosanna,” Josh Garrels “Peace Peace,” Sara Groves “This Is the Christ,” Sandra McCracken “Jesus Born on This Day,” Mariah Carey “Pie Jesu,” Future of Forestry “Lo, How a Rose ‘Ere Blooming,” Young Oceans “Joy Has Dawned,” Kings “Hymn 87: Welcome Happy Morning,” Hanan Townshend “O Sacred and Immortal Day,” Leigh Nash “Unto Us Is Born a Son,” Choir of King’s College (Cambridge) “Advent Hymn,” Christy Nockels “Little Drummer Boy,” Shane & Shane “Nun komm der Heiden Heiland,” comp. Michael Praetorius; lyrics by Martin Luther “A Mighty Fortress / Angels We Have Heard on High,” Amy Grant “Come Light Our Hearts,” Sandra McCracken “Cradle Hymn,” Elizabeth Mitchell “Messiah: Hallelujah Chorus,” George Frideric Handel “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” Bing Crosby “Lift Up Your Head Ye Mighty Gates,” Sufjan Stevens “Oh Children Come,” Keith & Kristyn Getty “I Wait,” All Sons and Daughters “Wait for You,” Rivers & Robots “She Waits,” The Gray Havens “Wait for the Lord,” Taizé “Every Valley (It’s Hard to Wait),” Rain for Roots, Flo Paris “How Long?” Bifrost Arts “The Gates (Among the Ruins),” Young Oceans “O Come O Come Emmanuel,” Rain for Roots, Sandra McCracken, Skye Peterson “Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus,” Page CXVI “Come to Us Lord,” Young Oceans “White Horse,” Over the Rhine “Justice Delivers Its Death,” Sufjan Stevens “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day,” Caroline Cobb, Sean Carter “All Bells in Paradise,” John Rutter “Joy to the World,” Future of Forestry “All Glory Be to Christ,” Kings View the full article

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    • Our great peril if we won’t let God answer and remove our doubts!

      Our great peril if we won’t let God answer and remove our doubts!   Each of us is choosing to believe God or doubt God, moment by moment, depending on what or who we are looking at, and the thoughts we are allowing to occupy our minds:   Matt 14:29 So He (Jesus) said, "Come." And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus.   Peter heard with his heart Jesus speak the word of God. God’s words impart faith, the ability to believe. Peter was thus enabled to walk on the water of God’s word, and to do what Jesus called him to do, which otherwise couldn’t have been done - So too with us:   v. 30 But when he (Peter) saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, "Lord, save me!"   When Peter took his eyes off Jesus and looked full on at his circumstances, and thought about them with his reasoning faculties, faith died and doubt and fear gained control. He started to drown, but, in a last gasp of faith he cried out to Jesus for help, and he was saved:   v. 31 And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, "O you of little faith, why did you doubt?"   Everything God does requires our believing His word to us, doubt prevents Him from helping us:   James 1:6-7 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; Heb 10:39 But we are not of those who draw back to perdition (destruction, through doubt), but of those who (continue to) believe to the saving of the soul. Jn 20:27 Jesus, “…Do not doubt, but believe.”   We can doubt God, as to whether He exists, or is willing, fair or right. We can also doubt ourselves as to our ability or need to trust and obey God. What or who we look at controls whether our thoughts are of trust or of doubt. All sin causes doubt and doubt leads to fear:   Heb 12:2 Looking (with heart faith) unto Jesus (who is the word of God) the author (source) and finisher (increaser) of our faith… KJV Heb 3:12 Take heed (listen with the intent to obey), brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil (sinful) heart of unbelief (doubt), in departing from the living God. Rev 21:8 …the fearful, and unbelieving…   But what about Grace? Grace is God’s word; it can’t work if there isn’t faith to receive it:   Rom 4:16 Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace... KJV Acts 20:32 So now, brethren, I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified. Heb 13:9 Do not be carried about with various and strange doctrines (words or thoughts that contradict God’s words). For it is good that the heart be established by grace (God’s words), not with foods (thoughts and words that feed the heart with doubt and falsehoods) which have not profited those who have been occupied with them.   As our hearts think on God’s words, or on Satan’s lies, either faith or doubt is produced:   Heb 11:6 But without faith (to receive more grace) it is impossible to please Him... Rom 5:17 ...Those who receive (by faith) abundance of grace (God’s words) and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ. Jn 10:10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy (our faith).   Peter began to doubt, but called on Jesus and was saved, so must we or we’ll go down:   Jer 33:3 Call unto Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.'   When doubting thoughts come, and they will come because that’s what Satan does. He challenges our faith in God by imparting to us doubting thoughts, questioning thoughts, reasoning thoughts, to get us to waiver in our faith. He did this with Eve saying to her “Did God really say...” (Gen 3:1). Our faith is more precious than gold (1 Pe 1:7), we must not allow doubts to fester and so get a hold on us; we must go immediately to God for help:   Phil 4:6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests (questions) be made known to God; Heb 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace (by hearing more of His words) to help in time of need. Ps 27:14 Wait on the LORD; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart (with His words that impart faith); Wait, I say, on the LORD! Rom 10:17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing of the word of God.   God says those who have let Him make and keep them righteous, live by faith (Heb 10:38) and involve Him and trust Him in all their ways. Doubting thoughts will inevitably come, but most will be quickly overcome by those Christians who receive their daily bread of God’s words and hence keep on growing in faith. Disobedience to God will always give rise to doubt. If doubts can’t be overcome it is imperative for any Christian to quickly eliminate sin, if any, and seek God. For God alone is the source and increaser of our faith (Heb 12:2). God will always be found by every Christian who seeks Him with a pure heart (Jer 29:13, Matt 5:8) and He will give them the exact words that always restore their faith.   But if Christians allow doubts to continue unabated, they will now be given even more doubting thoughts by their merciless adversary, Satan. Doubt will spread like a cancer with its goal of ruining a Christian’s faith in God and the consequential loss of their soul.   Faith is the victory! This overcoming faith comes when we hear God speak with our hearts, not with our heads:   Rom 8:7 Because the carnal mind (the human intellect, including that of Christians) is an enemy of God; for it is not subject to the law (or rule) of God... Rom 8:6 Now the mind of the flesh. which is sense and reason without the Holy AMP Spirit, is death, death that comprises all the miseries arising from sin... Rom 10:10 For with the heart (which is the spirit) a person believes... AMP   The words God speaks to us are spirit (John 6:63), they are intended to be received by us first in our spirits not the mind of our flesh; to which our spirits will then communicate them:   Prov 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding (your natural ability to reason and doubt, based on what you see); In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.   Our faith comes from the words God speaks to our hearts, and works by our love for God:   Gal 5:6 For if we are in Christ Jesus, neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything, but only faith...working through love. AMP Luke 7:47 (Jesus) ...Her sins which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much. But to whom little is (thought to have been) forgiven, the same loves little.   Our love for God is increased the same way our faith is, as our hearts receive His words:   1 John 2:5 But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him... 2 Thes 3:5 Now may the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God...(into His word) Jn 1:1 …the word was (is) God…   We Christians are not saved by our works, but we are saved for works! We can easily say we have faith but if our actions don’t correspond to it, we are deluded:   Jam 2:14 What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works (that reflect that faith)? Can faith save him? Jam 2:17 Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works (to evidence it), is dead.   True faith, “God’s faith”, which is the nature of Christ, always desires to obey His Father:   Heb 10:7 (Jesus) …I have come to do your will, O God…, So can you and I if, …I live by the faith of the Son of God… Gal 2:20 KJV Rm 1:5 Through him we received grace and apostleship to call all the Gentiles to the obedience that comes from faith for his name's sake.   Abraham believed God. Jesus says to us “Have faith in God” it’s the #1 thing in Christianity:   Rom 4:18-21 When everything was hopeless, Abraham believed anyway, deciding to live not on the basis of what he saw he couldn't do but on what God said he would do...He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief (doubt) but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform. MSGE/NKJV Mark 11:22 Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God”. John 6:29 Jesus replied, This is the work (the service) that God asks of you: that you believe in the One Whom He has sent, that you cleave to, trust, rely on, and have faith in His Messenger, (and the words He speaks to you) AMP   To be free from ruining doubts we must live in Christ and Christ must increasingly live in us:   To grow in confidence, or faith, toward God requires constant daily fellowship with Him, in the Spirit. And, an ever deepening knowledge of Him through His word as revealed to our spirits by the Holy Spirit. This alone will overcome any doubts about God’s existence or His character that arise, either due to the widespread false doctrines in the Church or due to the often initially perplexing turn of events, or behavior of some people, in everyday life.   John 6:56 (Jesus) He who eats My flesh (continues to receive My words - Jer 15:16) and NKJV drinks My blood (obeys My Spirit 1 Cor 12:13) abides (lives) in Me, and I in him. Eph 3:12 In whom (that is, when we live in Christ) we have boldness and access with confidence (and without doubts) by the faith of Him. KJV   God has made provision in every way to build us up in our most holy faith, so let’s cry out to our Father, “I believe; help my unbelief!” Let’s feed and keep on feeding on His Faithfulness! Amen

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