How To Be Saved

I have to admit, one of the most difficult subjects that many individuals deal with when considering faith and Christianity, is what it takes to be “Saved”. “Saved” means to have the Holy Spirit (from God) come into your heart and be part of your life so after death you can enter Heaven and spend an eternity with God and Jesus because all of your sins have been forgiven. Too many Christians and others usualy argue and disagree exactly what is required for a person to be saved. There is a simple solution to answer what it takes that is often ignored for personal, secular, ideological or other reasons. If you want the truth, all you must do is read God’s word. There you can find all the answers to Life, Living and being Christian.

The Bible states:
“because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.”
Romans 10:9‭-‬10 ESV

Now you know what it takes to become Saved. Please remember that becoming Saved is just the first step to becoming a True Christian. Now you must walk the path that God has planned just for you and stay in His guiding light as He will never leave you or forsake you!!

Written by: Larry Shawn Cagle
05/11/2017

Why We Suffer

Have you ever wondered why you suffer so much as a Christian?  I had wondered why, for some time, until I had completely read the Bible.  I originally thought that becoming a Christian meant that there would be less pain and suffering for the rest of my life.  I thought that way because of false teachings of various minister I had listened to previously.  These ministers were preaching what is known as a “prosperity” gospel.  This “gospel” states that when you give yourself to Christ, everything will be better until you go to heaven. You will have less suffering and every thing in your life will be better. The problem with that statement is it is not biblical.  The Bible never states while living on earth and following Jesus Christ means you will have less trouble.  However, the Bible does actually state that you will have more suffering as a Christian and it is not until you reach Heaven, will there be no more pain and suffering.  However, God’s word does say how you should handle any pain or suffering while here on earth and that is what is important.  In truth, how you react to anything is the only thing you can control, that is with God’s help. You can either let pain and suffering overtake you and control you or you can give it to God and rely on Him to handle your suffering.  It is only then, with God handling your suffering, you will experience less suffering.  That is why Paul states in the Bible why we suffer. It is so we can rely on God and the power of God.

One thing you must remember is that Satan is always going to work his hardest on Christians, especially new Christians, to try to shake their faith.  So instead of letting Satan win, you should give it to God. I will admit one of the hardest aspects I have with being a Christian is rejoicing in my pain and suffering.  This is because I always looked at pain and suffering as something bad or negative.  I never considered pain and suffering as an opportunity to rely on God and God’s power. To be able to experience God’s power through pain and suffering. So when you suffer, you should be glad, because the power of God is in you and He will handle your suffering. Remember that with God and Jesus Christ, all things are possible!!

2 Corinthians 1:8‭-‬9 ESV
“For we do not want you to be unaware, brothers, of the affliction we experienced in Asia. For we were so utterly burdened beyond our strength that we despaired of life itself. Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death. But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead.”

2 Corinthians 12:9‭-‬10 ESV
“But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

Romans 5:3‭-‬5 ESV
“Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.”

1 Peter 3:14‭, ‬17 ESV
“But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God’s will, than for doing evil.”

Written By: Larry Shawn Cagle

False Spirits Are In The World

Did you know there are false prophets, ministers, pastors, teachers, deacons, friends, etc. that are in the world today?  Did you know as each day goes by, more of these evil creatures are added to their numbers?  There are many false spirits in and all over the world. These false spirits are also increasing in numbers, as the end times draw nearer and the Final Judgment draws closer.

How do you discover these ungodly, unrighteous demonic beings? As the Bible states, the only way to know if spirits are from God is to test them.  The test for true or false spirits is very simple. All you need is to have the suspected individual, who may have or be a false spirit, confess the truth, “Jesus has come in the flesh“.  If the Spirit is able to confess this fact, then the Spirit is from God.  If the spirit does not confess that Jesus has come in the flesh, they are not from God but from the unholy lord of this earth, Satan. That is all that it takes and it is really easy and simple.

Remember, as we draw nearer to the end, everying not of God is working harder to steal your salvation.  All the ungodly and unrighteous beings only purpose is to Decieve, Lie and Divide.  To seperate you from God your Father and Jesus Christ your Lord and Savior.  They want to make sure, even though they already know they cannot win, that they can sow a single seed of doubt that may actually keep someone from accepting God’s free Gift of Grace.  God’s Grace is the only way you can become righteous before God and be allowed into Heaven for an eternity!!

1 John 4:1 ESV
“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.

1 John 4:2-3 ESV
“By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God….”

1 John 4:3 ESV
“…This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already.”

Written By Larry Shawn Cagle

Is There An End To The World?

Concerning the end of the world, there appears to be a strong belief by many Christians that our current world will never end.  That on or after Judgement Day, God will remake the earth to make it new again.  They believe that the current earth will always exist. That God will basically remake or renew the surface of our planet. However, this is inaccurate due to errors in translation of several popular Bibles, such as the KJV which was translated in 1614(1).   If you read current Biblical translations from the oldest original texts that are available, you can easily see these errors.  Select modern translations are more accurate due to being translated using recently discovered ancient Biblical texts such as the Dead Sea Scrolls. 

The most commonly quoted scripture from these Bibles supporting this contention that this world will never end is Ephesians 3:21, 2 Peter 3:10 and Revelation 20:11.  However, the more accurate translations states the heavens and the earth will pass away and be replaced.  That on Judgement Day, God will burn with fire everything that currently exists and replace both the heavens and the earth with new heavens and earth. This belief is supported by many other Biblical scripture in the New and Old Testament.  Some of these other passages are Hebrews 1:10-12Matthew 24:35Revelation 21:12 Peter 3:7 and Isaiah 34:4

It should be noted that some individuals also believe that the fire mentioned in the Bible in relation to these verses is nuclear fire. However, there appear to be two problems with that assumption.  First, nuclear explosion leaves scorched earth and not a new earth and secondly, any nuclear explosion can not go into the heavens.  It is confined or limited to this earth!!  Therefore a nuclear explosion could not make both the earth and heavens pass away.  Only God can do that and then replace them with a new earth and new heavens as the Bible states.

Another thought to consider is why would God give those individuals who are saved NEW immortal non-perishable (incorruptible) bodies, but not a new earth and heavens? Especially when considering this verse in Revelation.

Revelation 21:5 ESV
And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”

One of the strongest verses saying there will be an end to the heavens and the earth was spoken by Jesus.

Luke 21:33 ESV
Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.”

Jesus states that heaven and earth will pass away.  What else do you need as proof that the world we are currently living on will no longer exists at some point and then be replaced by a new world?  I think it can easily be seen in these verses presented that this world will end!!

Below are some more current Biblical verses that support this position. (emphasis mine) 

Ephesians 3:21 KJV(1)
“Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.”

Ephesians 3:21 AEB(2)
“may He be glorified by the called ones and by the Anointed Jesus into all generations through ages of ages… may it be so!”

Ephesians 3:21 ESV
“to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”

2 Peter 3:10-13 AEB(2)
“However, the Day of the Lord will come just like a thief! But then the skies will become extremely hot, their basic parts will melt, and they will pass away with a hissing noise. And thereafter, the land and everything that’s being done on it will be exposed!  So, since all these things are about to be released; what sort of people should you be when it comes to holy conduct and godliness?  Why, we’re awaiting and anticipating the appearance of the Day of the Lord, during which the skies will burn and dissolve and their basic parts will melt due to the intense heat!  For, we’re awaiting the new skies and land that He has promised, in which righteousness will dwell! “

2 Peter 3:10-13 ESV(3)
But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed.  Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness, waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be set on fire and dissolved, and the heavenly bodies will melt as they burn! But according to His promise we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.

Revelation 20:11 AEB(2)
” Then I saw someone sitting on a huge white throne; and before him the earth and the sky just vanished and couldn’t be found.”

Revelation 20:11 ESV(3)
“Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. From his presence the earth and sky fled away, and no place was found for them.

Hebrews 1:10-12 AEB(2)
“And, ‘In the beginning, O Lord, you laid the foundation of the earth, and [you] made the heavens with your hands.  But they’ll pass away while you still remain; for like clothes, they will grow old.”

1 Corinthians 7:31 ESV(3)
“… For the present form of this world is passing away.”

Hebrews 1:10-12 ESV(3)
And, “You, Lord, laid the foundation of the earth in the beginning, and the heavens are the work of your hands;  they will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like a garment”

Matthew 24:35 AEB(2)
“Though the skies and the lands may all pass away, my words will not pass away!”

Matthew 24:35 ESV(3)
Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away”.”

Revelation 21:1 AEB(2)
“Then I saw a new sky and new lands, because the previous sky and lands had disappeared, as had the sea.”

Revelation 21:1 ESV(3)
“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more.”

2 Peter 3:7 AEB(2)
“So it’s by this same word that what’s in store for the skies and the land is the fire that [will come to them] in the Judgment Day, when those godless men will be destroyed.”

2 Peter 3:7 ESV(3)
“But by the same word the heavens and earth that now exist are stored up for fire, being kept until the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly.”

Isaiah 34:4 AEB(2)
Then the powers of the heavens will melt; 
The sky will be wrapped like a scroll, 
And all the stars will then fall
Like the leaves of a grapevine or fig tree.”

Isaiah 34:4 ESV(3)
“All the host of heaven shall rot away, and the skies roll up like a scroll. All their host shall fall, as leaves fall from the vine, like leaves falling from the fig tree.”

References
(1) The KJV was translated first in 1611 from several other translations including the Textus Receptus and Jerome’s Latin Vulgate.  There are four versions of the KJV with over 100,000 differences between each version and translations for the KJV were combined from over 50 different translators.

(2) From the American English Bible Translation (Current ongoing translation from original texts into American English & most accurate translation)

(3) From the English Standard Version Bible Translation (Modern translation)

By Larry Shawn Cagle

Did God Create Evil and Satan?

Unfortunately, there are some individuals who believe that God created evil and Satan.  This belief or concept is inaccurate and completely untrue. God is all good and does not do anything evil. God cannot lie or even deceive. So how did evil come about and how was Satan created? Simply, evil was created by Lucifer.

When Lucifer, also known as the ‘dawn of light’, used his free will and chose to oppose God and reject God’s authority, evil was born. Lucifer’s rebellion against God created what we know today as evil.  In addition, Lucifer became Satan when he was cast out of Heaven by God to the earth along with one third of the angels that chose Lucifer over God. As you can see, evil was the result of Lucifer’s free will and rejecting God’s authority. It is easy to understand now that it was not God that created evil or created Satan.  Satan created himself and evil. Now, when you see evil here on earth, you know it is Satan.

The Works of The Flesh & The Fruit of The Spirit

Have you ever wondered what exactly were works of the Flesh and works of the Spirit?  I did one day and as with everything else in life, I found the answers in the Bible.  As most Christians already know, works of the Flesh are part of this world and the works of the Spirit are of God. Below are the pertinent verses from Galatians in the New Testament. Remember, we should all strive to avoid all things of the Flesh and try to live everyday in the Spirit!!

Galatians 5:19-23, 25-26 ESV

“Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.”

Written By Larry Shawn Cagle

Proof Of God?

One difficulty, or more accurately one complaint, for those who do not believe in God, is there is no proof of God’s existence.  Most of these individuals state they want proof of God before they will believe in Him. I cannot count the number of times that during a discussion relating to Christianity, the Bible, Jesus, etc., the remark about having to have proof, I have heard from non-believers. I constantly hear from those who do not believe in God that as soon as they have proof, they will believe. I find this statement or concept so amazingly ironic because if you have proof, there is no need for faith. Proof is defined as “evidence or argument establishing or helping to establish a fact or the truth of a statement” and faith is defined as “complete trust or confidence in someone or something“. When I point this out to non-believers about proof and faith being basically opposites, they simply say they do not care or try to divert my point elsewhere. Often they just restate that they need proof before they will believe.

Faith is what God wants from us.  God’s design for our salvation is based on having faith of His existence, faith in His Son Jesus and His works, death and resurrection. Without faith you will suffer the second death and miss out on God’s free gift of Grace.  You cannot have salvation without faith in Jesus’s death for the sins of all mankind and His resurrection three days later by God His Father.

The truth is Christians have proof of God’s existence and all that He has done because of their personal relationships with Jesus Christ. In addition, there is still proof of God all around us everyday if you look closely and carefully.  God can be seen in His creations and God’s effect on everything surrounding us constantly.  This concept is similar to how scientists are able to see black holes simply by their effect on the stars and planets surrounding them.  Plus, you can find God in certain people by watching their actions of kindness, charity and selflessness towards others.

As far as I am concerned, I can see God all around me each and everyday.  Especially, when I look in the eyes of my wife 😇 and see the love and compassion she has for others, including myself!!

Written By: Larry Shawn Cagle