One Name

One Name

David C. McCasland

At the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth. Philippians 2:10

Philippians 2:5–11

Genesis 18–19; Matthew 6:1–18

Cleopatra, Galileo, Shakespeare, Elvis, Pelé. They are all so well known that they need only one name to be recognized. They have remained prominent in history because of who they were and what they did. But there is another name that stands far above these or any other name!

Before the Son of God was born into this world, the angel told Mary and Joseph to name Him Jesus because “he will save his people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21), and “he . . . will be called the Son of the Most High” (Luke 1:32). Jesus didn’t come as a celebrity but as a servant who humbled Himself and died on the cross so that anyone who receives Him can be forgiven and freed from the power of sin.

The apostle Paul wrote, “God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:9–11).

In our times of greatest joy and our deepest need, the name we cling to is Jesus. He will never leave us, and His love will not fail.

Jesus, You are the name above all names, our Savior and Lord. We lift our praise to You as we celebrate Your presence and power in our lives today.

I am adding a special prayer to the end of this article:

Father God I thank you for everything you do in my life. I thank you for the blood of Jesus that washed away my sins and saved me from damnation. God I thank you for the love and protection you offer my family and loved ones. The world may know the names of Cleopatra, Galileo, Shakespeare, Elvis, Pelé for their achievements and advancements in their fields of expertise, but your name will be righteous and superior above all names. Thank you father.- Amen

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Happiness

The world is looking for happiness, yet they are looking for happiness in all the wrong places (wealth fame etc).

This was from a peice of a recent sermon by Pastor Hagee.

I was listening to his servie in my living room and this struck out.

He referenced Luke 12;15 [15 Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”]

We can easily get carried away with our possessions and our quest to happiness in life.

Trust me I know.

I tend to get so fixated on my “projects” that sometimes even though for those brief moments of joy, I get carried away and end up with a surplus of items.

I like to craft with my kids.

My kids have found an affinity to making things.

So what do I do, I buy a cricut.

I turn everything in to a project.

I want to make them everything.

home made cards, home made banners, home made party decors, home made holiday decor.

(I have spent and saved uniquivocally the same amount lol).

My kids have found an affinity in painting.

So what do I do, I order canvases galor, paint, stencils and paint brushes

So what do I have? An Art gallery in their bedroom preserving those few minutes of happiness in self reflection and creativity.

I like to read.

I like to read themetaically.

So what do i Have? a mountain pile of books to read, and a kindle/nook devices filled with books at my disposal to read.

I get lost in my books, I get transfixed in my books, I get happy reading.

Yet I have enough books to donate to a few libraries.

We are always looking for happiness… even in all the wrong places.

Our happiness should come from reading the word. Our happiness should come from our faith trust and love in God. Our happiness should come from praising God. Our happiness should come in praying. Our happiness should come from when our prayers our answered. Our happiness should come from the good deeds we do. Our happiness should come from God not the other places we use as temporary moments of happiness.

Father God I thank you for the sermon you had purposely allowed me to listen to. I know I to use books and other means to find temporary happiness. They are just that, temporary happiness. Nothing can bring me joy and happiness the way you do my lord. Thank you for your love. Thank you for your compassion. Thank you for the never ending joy you give me. Amen.

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Right Companions

Right Companions
“One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.”
(Proverbs 18:24, NIV)
Having the right companions can make a difference in ones life.
Having the wrong companions can totally break you.
We have friends who can destroy you, then you have friends whom are family.
I have had the unfortunate and fortune of having both in my life.
There is a Spanish Proverb that states: “Tell me who your friends are and I will tell you who you are”. “Dime con quien andes y te dire quien eres”.
Why is this saying important?
1 Corinthians 15:33New International Version (NIV)
Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.
Whom we surround ourselves can impact our judgement and our character.
We need to understand that we are called for greatness. God had a plan for you before you were even born.
To achieve this destiny for you, you need help.
God can align you with the right like minded folks to help achieve this destiny.
so you can Manifest within your destiny.
It is important to connect with the right people .
Certain people were already chosen for your path to inspire you, challenge you, nudge you a bit and help accomplish your dreams.
Everyone has great potential.
A friend will motivate you, even when you lack motivation.
A friend will give you words of inspiration, at the adequate moment.
A genuine friend will not fail you.
I have had instances where I made bad choices in friends.
I have even made bad choices in significant others.
They may not define who you are as a person. But they can influence you, more than we realize.
I had a friend once who influenced me to try weed. Not a grand moment in my life.
I could have said no, should have said no, I knew i needed to say no.
I was persuaded, I tried it, I didn’t like it and we went on our merry way.
We are still friends, but now, I influence her.
She now is studying the word.
She now is teaching the word to her children and is actively engaged in her church.
She no longer smokes weed.
That weed didn’t define me, it may have once influenced by judgement, but it didn’t define me.
“Tell me who your friends are and I will tell you who you are”.
Same goes with alcohol.
I have had moments in my life where i was the influencing or the one being influenced to try alcohol.
I was in a bad time in my life, I was surrounded by friends whom were filled with negativity.
You know how they say misery loves company.
Well, we were miserable, and we kept each others’ company.
It was a lo point in my life.
As i write this i can clearly see the players involved.
I vividly remember the influences we had for one another.
“Tell me who your friends are and I will tell you who you are”.
Now as a mother, I sit here and I encourage my son to encourage his friends.
I am happy he elected friends whom have the same interests.
They are all passionate on social justice issues and politics.
They are all passionate in their little endeavors.
They have similar interests, but even on their differences they support one another.
He literally has a melting pot of friends.
There was a time one of his friends for school spirit wanted to paint their nails in the school colors.
When he first told his mom, he was nervous he would be made fun of.
So the mom reached out to the other moms and we all said, have him talk the fellas, we will talk to the boys, if they decide to join him in solidarity we will support them. If they decide not to, its ok, we will also remind them, it is ok to be different and not always agree with others, but we must respect our friends.
The kids agreed to show solidarity they would all paint their nails.
My husband was not cool with this idea.
I had mixed feelings on the notion, but will not be apart of the problem of judgement.
I allowed my son to do so in solidarity.
These kids have been friends so far 2 years and counting, their love and bond for one another is almost like an extended family.
Friendships should be like this.
Some friendships should allow you to get close to people; even closer than relatives.
“Tell me who your friends are and I will tell you who you are”.
I have friends whom I consider family, more so than my own.
These are friends whom have been in the trenches with me, seen me get out, some have even picked me up from the trenches.
I also have seasonal friendships, friends who show up from time to time, but that time, that season we were friends was meant to be.
Sometimes friendships last a life time, sometimes they last a season.
I appreciate both.
Each friend is someone we can learn from, your relationship can also lead to personal, professional and spiritual growth.
Always remember, One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character. Do not be misled, but remember, there are friends who do stick closer than a brother.
Father God Thank you for your love, kindness, knowledge and the friends you have placed in my life. Thank you for each person who has entered, remained and even left my life. You know the reason why those whom remain, remain and why those whom left, needed to go. Lord I ask for continued guidance where my friendships do not mislead me. I ask for you to cover and protect my children so that their friends do not lead them astray nor corrupt their good characters. May we have friends who’s like minded and our bonds are like family. May we be able to nourish each other and grow not only in the flesh but spiritually. Give us the strengths needed to release the toxic friends in our life, to be able to discern the difference and proceed accordingly. Amen.

According to Your Faith

According to Your Faith
“According to Your faith, be it unto you” (Matthew 9:29).
Where does our faith comes from?
It comes from believing in God.
It comes from the trials and tribulations we undergo and how we trust in God to lead us from our problems.
It comes from hearing the word of God.
It comes from hearing of god’s amazing works.
Your faith will show you how to handle adversity.
Your trust in God is encompassed in your faith.
Your love in God is embodied in ones faith.
It is important to walk your walk in your faith.
It is important to understand that ones faith can help in ones own protection.
Every time I leave for work I saw a prayer.
As I am running around the house each morning getting my self and my children situated for the day I commune with God.
During my commute I meditate I pray and I try my best to stay in communion with God.
During the course of the day as I work I reach out to God thanking him for my workflow, thanking him for the ease in my work, thanking him for resolving situations each time they arise.
I put my trust and faith in him that he will guide and direct me.
Had I not had faith in God lord knows where I would be.
It is our faith that help us achieve our outcomes.
Father, thank You for Your hand of blessing in my life today. Each day my lord I open my
heart to You and trust that You have a good plan for me. Give me a heart
filled with faith and hope today. Amen.

Crying Woman

The crying woman
What does it mean?
A while ago I had a dream, this dream resulted in me getting up, reaching out to someone and praying for them.
I wrote this to the person:
I’ve been meaning to text you all day.
I hope all is well… not sure the obstacles you may be facing but as you know God is in control and if you are facing obstacles it shall soon pass.
The reason for the random text well is because you’ve been in my spirit and mind all day.
I am resting on Med’s and every time I go to sleep, no matter what I am dreaming you have been appearing crying. You talk to vent, though in each dream I couldn’t hear what you’ve said, you continued to cry. Each time I’ve told you the same thing. It will be ok, it will pass. You are stronger than you realize, and I am here for you and love you.
Each time I have woken up from my medication induced naps…I got on my knees and prayed for you. Maybe that’s what you need. Prayers, but know I am here for you.
I do love you!!
I just wanted to share with you.
The recipient responded back with details of their struggles.  Thanked me for the words.
Those words were what she was asking for to be told that it will be ok, and to be reminded that her struggles will pass, she needed to be reminded that she is strong and loved.
What was the point of me writing this?
There are reasons beyond our control why we have certain dreams.
There are reasons beyond our control as to why certain individuals pop up in our mind.
Sometimes we have to follow the instructions.
Reach out to the person and relay the message.
You never know what someone is going through.
You never know the needs that they might have.
You never know what words they need to hear.
What we do know is when we are instructed to do something, we are to follow suit.
We are to listen carefully.
Doing so we can provide exactly what that person needs.
So the crying woman, what does it mean?
It means God put a vision in my sleep of someone I know, who was going through something.
God knew she needed additional prayers.
God knew she needed to hear the words I told her.
God used me to do so.
God can do the same with you.
When I reached out to the person, I had no idea what they were facing, what their burdens were nor their troubles.  When I finished hearing back, I was happy knowing that a difference was made in that person’s day.
Be that difference when the lord speaks to you or shows you signs.
Father God I thank you for any opportunity to do your will.  I am thankful for another day. Thankful for the love you give.  Your are gracious, kind, knowing, omnipresent and omnipotent.  I want to continue to be a vessel for your greatness.  I want to continue to do your great work.  In the name of the father, the son, holy spirit. Amen

ADD YOUR NAME….

Add your name:
Ever get bombarded by those “add your name to this list” emails?
They are usually some type of fundraising, political petition or even spam?
I do, and I am tired of them.
Granted some of those emails are my own fault for being engaged in civic calls to action and my community, but after awhile its like no I don’t want me name anywhere….well ….there is only one place I want my name in.
The book of Life.
What is the book of life?
The book of life, or as it is also know as the lambs book of life, is a book with names of those entering the heaven of God forever. Don’t you want your name there as well? I sure do.
Revelation 3:5
The one who is victorious will, like them, be dressed in white. I will never blot out the name of that person from the book of life, but will acknowledge that name before my Father and his angels.
There several references to the book of life and having our names written in the book of life, there’s also mention of those will not. Where will they end up? Those will end up in the lake of fire.
Revelation 20:15
Anyone whose name was not found written in the
book of life was thrown into the lake of fire.
I am going to put up a few verses that mention the book of life. Just so you can see what is written, explore those chapters in the passages mentioned below.
Psalm 69:28
May they be blotted out of the book of life and not be listed with the righteous
There is even talks of those being blotted out the book of life in the Old Testament .
Trust me when I tell you I do not want to be one of those whom their names were blotted out. Luckily I want to have my name in the book of life. I want to be with our creator in the new Jerusalem he has been preparing for his children.
Yet you can find confidence in knowing that in the New Testament it says that make sure you repent of all sin and believe in the lord Christ as your savior, make sure that you are saved. (Philippians 4:3; Revelation 3:5).
Once your name is written in the Book of Life, it is never erased (Revelation 3:5; Romans 8:37-39).
No believer should doubt his eternal security in Christ (John 10:28-30).
Revelation 13:8
All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast—all whose names have not been written in the Lamb’s book of life, the Lamb who was slain from the creation of the world.
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Philippians 4:3
Yes, and I ask you, my true companion, help these women since they have contended at my side in the cause
of the gospel, along with Clement and the rest of my co-workers, whose names are in the book of life.
Revelation 17:8
The beast, which you saw, once was, now is not, and yet will come up out
of the Abyss and go to its destruction. The inhabitants of the earth whose names have not been written in the book of life from the creation of the world will be astonished when they see the beast, because it once was, now is not, and yet will come.
Revelation 20:12
And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and
books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books.
Revelation 21:27
Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is
shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the
Lamb’s
book of life.
This was intense reading. We all know how to achieve salvation. What we need to do is accept our responsibilities which we are called to do to maintain our salvation and not fall off the wagon sort to speak. We need to keep our name written in the book of life. We need to keep promoting peace and love of Christ. We need to keep listening to his calling.
I did additional research with questions one may have pertaining the book of life. Below you will see the link and excerpts to these questions to help guide you and go a little further in depth in this conversation.
Question: “What is the Book of Life?”
Answer:
Revelation 20:15
declares, “If anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life,
he was thrown into the lake of fire.” The Book of Life, in this context,
is the set of names of those who will live with God forever in heaven.
It is the roll of those who are saved. This Book of Life is also
mentioned in Revelation 3:5; 20:12; and Philippians 4:3.
The same book is also called the Lamb’s Book of Life because it
contains the names of those who have been redeemed by the blood of the
Lord Jesus (Revelation 13:8; 21:27).
How can you be sure your name is written in the Book of Life? Be sure
you’re saved. Repent of sin and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ as your
Savior (Philippians 4:3; Revelation 3:5). Once your name is written in the Book of Life, it is never erased (Revelation 3:5; Romans 8:37-39). No true believer should doubt his eternal security in Christ (John 10:28-30).
The Great White Throne Judgment described in Revelation 20:11-15 is a judgment for unbelievers. That passage makes it clear that no one at that judgment has his name in the Book of Life (Revelation 20:12-14). The fate of the ungodly is sealed; their names are not in the Book of Life; their punishment is sure.
Some people point to Revelation 3:5 as “proof” that a person can lose his salvation. However, the promise of Revelation 3:5
is clearly that the Lord will not erase a name: “He who overcomes . . .
I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life.” An overcomer is
one who is victorious over the temptations, trials, and evils of this
world—in other words, one who is redeemed. The saved are written in
God’s registry and have the promise of eternal security.
Another passage over which confusion sometimes arises is Psalm 69:28:
“Let them [David’s enemies] be blotted out of the book of the living.”
This “book of the living” should not be confused with the Lamb’s Book of
Life. David is referring to earthly, physical life, not eternal life in
heaven. The same is true of the “book” mentioned in Exodus 32:32-33.
God keeps good records. He knows His own, and He has set the names of His children permanently in His book.
Recommended Resource:
Eternal Security by Charles Stanley
Question: “Is there a difference between the book of life and the Lamb’s book of life?”
Answer:
There are eight references in New Testament to the “book of life,”
and two of them refer specifically to the book of life that belongs to
the Lamb, Jesus Christ. Seven of the references appear in the book of
Revelation. Those whose names are written in the book of life are those
who belong to God, those who have attained eternal life.
Paul refers to those who have labored alongside him as those whose names are in the book of life (Philippians 4:3), again identifying the book of life as a record of the names of those who have eternal salvation. In the same way, Revelation 3:5
refers to the book of life in which the names of believers in the Lord
are found. These are those who overcome the trials of earthly life,
proving that their salvation is genuine. This verse also makes it clear
that once a name is written in the book of life, Jesus promises that He
will never blot it out, proving once more the doctrine of eternal security.
The Lord Jesus, who is speaking to the churches in this part of
Revelation, promises to acknowledge his own before His Father.
Conversely, Revelation 20:15 reveals the fate of those whose names are not written in the book of life—eternity in the lake of fire.
Revelation 17:8 clarifies when
the names of the redeemed are written in the book of life: “The
inhabitants of the earth whose names have not been written in the book
of life from the creation of the world will be astonished when
they see the beast” (emphasis added). The names of those who approve of
the Antichrist are not found in the book of life, and the names that are in the book of life were written there before the world was created. Thus, Revelation 17:8 teaches both eternal security and election.
In Revelation 13:8 and 21:27,
we find the references to the “Lamb’s book of life,” in which also are
the names of all those who have been washed by the blood of the Lamb,
Jesus Christ. The Lamb who has been “slain from the creation of the
world” has a book in which are written all those who have been redeemed
by His sacrifice. They are the ones who will enter the Holy City, the
New Jerusalem (Revelation 21:10) and who will live forever in heaven with God. Since the book of life is that which records all who have eternal life through the Lamb, it’s clear that the book of life and the Lamb’s book of life are one and the same.
Question: “Is it possible for a person’s name to be erased from the Book of Life?”
Answer:
Revelation 22:19
says, “And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of
this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and
out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this
book” (KJV). This verse is usually involved in the debate concerning
eternal security. Does Revelation 22:19 mean that, after a person’s name is written in the Lamb’s Book of Life, it can at some time in the future be erased? In other words, can a Christian lose his salvation?
First, Scripture is clear that a true believer is kept secure by the power of God, sealed for the day of redemption (Ephesians 4:30), and of all those whom the Father has given to the Son, He will lose none of them (John 6:39).
The Lord Jesus Christ proclaimed, “I give them eternal life, and they
shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. My Father,
who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them
out of my Father’s hand” (John 10:28–29b). Salvation is God’s work, not ours (Titus 3:5), and it is His power that keeps us.
If the “anyone” referred to in Revelation 22:19
are not believers, who are they? In other words, who might want to
either add to or take away from the words of the Bible? Most likely,
this tampering with God’s Word would be done not by true believers but
by those who only profess to be Christians and who suppose that
their names are in the Book of Life. Generally speaking, the two main
groups who have traditionally tampered with God’s revelation are
pseudo-Christian cults and those who hold to very liberal theological
beliefs. Many cults and theological liberals claim the name of Christ as
their own, but they are not “born again”—the definitive biblical term
for a Christian.
The Bible cites several examples of those who thought they were believers, but whose profession was proven to be false. In John 15,
Jesus refers to them as branches that did not remain in Him, the true
Vine, and therefore did not produce any fruit. We know they are false
because “by their fruits you shall know them” (Matthew 7:16, 20); true disciples will exhibit the fruit of the Holy Spirit who resides within them (Galatians 5:22). In 2 Peter 2:22,
false professors are dogs returning to their own vomit and a sow who
“after washing herself returns to wallow in the mire” (ESV). The barren
branch, the dog, and the pig are all symbols of those who profess to
have salvation, but who have nothing more than their own righteousness
to rely upon, not the righteousness of Christ that truly saves. It is
doubtful that those who have repented of their sin and been born again
would willingly tamper with God’s Word in this way—adding to it or
taking from it. Purposefully corrupting God’s Word reveals a lack of
faith
There is another important consideration about the meaning of Revelation 22:19, and it involves translation. Most manuscripts do not even mention the “book of life”; instead, they have “tree of life.” Here is how Revelation 22:19
reads in the NIV: “If anyone takes words away from this scroll of
prophecy, God will take away from that person any share in the tree of
life and in the Holy City, which are described in this scroll.” Other
translations with “tree” instead of “book” are the NASB, ESV, NLT, HCSB,
ISV, NET, and ASV, among others. The KJV stands nearly alone in
translating it as the “book” of life. The error arose when Erasmus,
in compiling his Greek text, was forced to translate the last six
verses of Revelation from the Latin Vulgate into Greek. The “tree”
became a “book” because a scribe had accidentally replaced the Latin lingo (“tree”) with libro (“book”). All translations that follow the Textus Receptus, such as the KJV, thus incorrectly say “book” instead of “tree” of life.
Arguing for the “tree of life” translation instead of the “book of life” translation are two other verses in the same chapter: Revelation 22:2 and 14. Both mention the “tree of life” and the “city” together, the same as verse 19 does. Also, the word portion or share
is significant. The one who corrupts the Word of God will be deprived
of access to the tree of life, despite whatever claim he thinks he has
to that fruit.
Revelation 3:5
is another verse that impacts this issue. “He who overcomes . . . I
will never blot out his name from the book of life.” The “overcomer”
mentioned in this letter to Sardis is the Christian. Compare this with 1 John 5:4:
“Everyone who is born of God overcomes the world.” And verse 5: “Who is
he that overcomes the world? Only he who believes that Jesus is the Son
of God.” (See also 1 John 2:13.) All believers are “overcomers” in that they have been granted victory over the sin and unbelief of the world.
Some people see in Revelation 3:5
the picture of God’s pen poised, ready to strike out the name of any
Christian who sins. They read into it something like this: “If you mess
up and don’t win the victory, then you’re going to lose your salvation!
In fact, I will erase your name from the Book of Life!” But this is NOT
what the verse says. Jesus is giving a promise here, not a warning.
Never does Scripture say that God erases a believer’s name from the
Lamb’s Book of Life—there is never even a warning that He is
contemplating it! The wonderful promise of Revelation 3:5
is that Jesus will NOT erase one’s name. Speaking to the
“overcomers”—all those redeemed by the blood of the Lamb—Jesus gives His
word that He will not delete their names. He affirms that, once a name
is there, it is there forever. This is based on the faithfulness of God.
The promise of Revelation 3:5 is directed to believers, who are secure in their salvation. In contrast, the warning of Revelation 22:19
is directed to unbelievers, who, rather than change their hearts toward
God, attempt to change God’s Word to suit themselves. Such people will
not eat of the tree of life.
The Book of Life
by Chris Moen
The Bible speaks of a book in heaven that lists the names of
all the people who will inherit eternal life. Will your name be included
in the Book of life?
God reveals through His servants, the prophets, that He has a
very special book. This is currently an open book containing a registry
of names. God deems very precious the individuals whose names are being
recorded in it.
This unique book was not made with human hands. Instead, it exists in
the heavenly realm. It belongs to Jesus Christ and is called “the
Lamb’s Book of Life” (Revelation 21:27).
To have one’s name written in this book means that one is considered
righteous before God and will inherit eternal life provided he or she
remains faithful to the end (Revelation 3:5). To have one’s name blotted out of this book signifies a fate of eternal death (Revelation 3:5; 20:15).
The first mention of this Book of Life is when Moses offered to have
his name erased from it. Speaking to God, Moses said, “Oh, these people
have committed a great sin, and have made for themselves a god of gold!
Yet now, if You will forgive their sin—but if not, I pray, blot me out
of Your book which You have written” (Exodus 32:31-32).
God replied to Moses, “Whoever has sinned against Me, I will blot him
out of My book” (verse 33). As noble as Moses’ intentions may have been
to protect his fellow Israelites from God’s wrath, God will not
negotiate with people’s salvation in this way.
Who is currently in the Book of Life?
The Book of Life contains the names of those who have been spiritually
converted and who have dedicated their lives to the service of God. Like other
servants of God, Moses understood that his name was already written in
the Book of Life (Exodus 32:31-32).
Jesus said that Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and the prophets will be in the
Kingdom of God, so their names are certainly in the Book of Life (Luke 13:28). Jesus further told His disciples to “rejoice because your names are written in heaven” (Luke 10:20).
The apostle Paul wrote a letter citing the names of a few faithful
brethren alive at the time “whose names are written in the Book of Life”
(Philippians 4:3).
What members of the true Church of God have in common with the
patriarchs and prophets of old is that they all share the same gift of
the Holy Spirit (1 Peter 1:10-12; 2 Peter 1:21). Having God’s Holy Spirit is the key to being granted eternal life in the Kingdom of God (Romans 8:9, 11). Those who will be in God’s Kingdom will have their names in the Book of Life (Malachi 3:16-17).
Can a name be erased from the Book of Life?
God was very clear that a person’s name can be removed from the Book
of Life: “Whoever has sinned against Me, I will blot him out of My book”
(Exodus 32:33).
At the end of the book of Revelation, a warning stands as a guard
defending God’s truth. “For I testify to everyone who hears the words of
the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add
to him the plagues that are written in this book; and if anyone takes
away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away
his part from the Book of Life” (Revelation 22:18-19).
In the last days, there will be a global resurgence of a false
religious system. God says this system of worship of a man will be
synonymous with worshipping Satan the devil (Revelation 13:4).
The deception will be so great that “all who dwell on the earth will
worship him, whose names have not been written in the Book of Life of
the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world” (verse 8).
Only those who resist participating in this system of worship will be rewarded for their victory over Satan (Revelation 15:2; 17:8; 20:4). See our article “What Is Babylon?” to better understand this false system.
A promise to the faithful
The prophet Daniel, while being given a vision of “a time of trouble”
at the end of the age, was told: “At that time your people shall be
delivered, every one who is found written in the book [of life]” (Daniel 12:1).
The apostle John was given a vision even farther into the future of “the great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God” (Revelation 21:10).
It was revealed to John that “there shall by no means enter it [the
holy city] anything that defiles, or causes an abomination or a lie, but
only those who are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life” (verse 27).
The prophet Malachi was given a message of correction and warning for
God’s wayward people, the Israelites. God still loved His people,
though they had strayed from His laws; but He now demanded honor,
faithfulness and obedience from them.
God then inspired Malachi to share a wonderful promise of hope. God
would grant to those who fear Him the reward of eternal life in the Kingdom of God. They would be identified in a registry called a “book of remembrance” (Malachi 3:16).
This “book of remembrance” is a reference to the Book of Life. As
Malachi noted: “Then those who feared the LORD spoke to one another, and
the LORD listened and heard them; so a book of remembrance was written
before Him for those who fear the LORD and who meditate on His name.
‘They shall be Mine,’ says the LORD of hosts, ‘On the day that I make
them My jewels. And I will spare them as a man spares his own son who
serves him’” (Malachi 3:16-17).
This fear of the Lord that Malachi spoke of is a healthy respect and love for God. To fear God and to keep His commandments is the whole duty of man (Ecclesiastes 12:13). To love God is to keep His commandments (1 John 2:5; 5:3).
God remembers the faithful deeds of “those who fear the LORD and who meditate on His name” (Malachi 3:16).
This means their godly conversations with each other are being listened
to intently, and every act of kindness and mercy is being noted (Matthew 10:42; 25:34-40).
To those who care for the needs of others, we’re reminded, “For God is
not unjust to forget your work and labor of love which you have shown
toward His name” (Hebrews 6:10).
What else does God keep a record of?
Even the struggles of trying to live a godly life against hardship
and temptation appear to be recorded in heaven. David, who was destined
to be Israel’s next king, asked God to remember his suffering during a
low point in his life when he was surrounded by enemies. He said, “You
number my wanderings; put my tears into Your bottle; are they not in
Your book?” (Psalm 56:8).
Nehemiah may have been making reference to a heavenly record as he
prayed: “Remember me, O my God, concerning this, and do not wipe out my
good deeds that I have done for the house of my God, and for its
services!” (Nehemiah 13:14).
Is there also a record of men’s sins in heaven?
The simple truth is that we will be judged for what we do (Isaiah 66:15-16;
Romans 1:18-32). Solomon said, “For God will bring every work into
judgment, including every secret thing, whether good or evil” (Ecclesiastes 12:14).
Jesus Christ, after His return and during His judgment of mankind,
“will both bring to light the hidden things of darkness and reveal the
counsels of the hearts” (1 Corinthians 4:5).
While here on earth, Jesus also said, “I say to you that for every idle
word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of
judgment. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you
will be condemned” (Matthew 12:36-37).
While the scriptures we have just seen do not necessarily imply that
there is a written record of men’s sins, the reality is that God knows
everything we do. And because God has perfect memory, there is indeed a
record.
Thankfully, there is a way to have our sins blotted out and remembered no more by God (Hebrews 8:12). This forgiveness is made possible by Jesus Christ paying our death penalty for us, if we repent and accept it.
Through the prophet Ezekiel, God says, “Again, when a wicked man
turns away from the wickedness which he committed, and does what is
lawful and right, he preserves himself alive. Because he considers and
turns away from all the transgressions which he committed, he shall
surely live; he shall not die” (Ezekiel 18:27-28).
When a wicked man repents of his sins, “none of the transgressions
which he has committed shall be remembered against him” (verse 22).
When people repent, God also declares through the prophet Isaiah: “I,
even I, am He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake; and I
will not remember your sins” (Isaiah 43:25). For more understanding on this subject, see the article “Judgment of God: The Real Story.”
The basis of God’s judgment
The prophet Daniel, describing the vision he was given of God’s
throne room where judgment takes place, said: “I watched till thrones
were put in place, and the Ancient of Days was seated. … The court was
seated, and the books were opened” (Daniel 7:9-10).
The apostle John was also given a vision of God’s future judgment.
John recounted: “Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it,
from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was found
no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before
God, and books were opened” (Revelation 20:11-12).
These books represent the books of the Bible, which contain God’s
law—the standard by which everyone’s deeds will be judged. “And the dead
were judged according to their works, by the things which were written
in the books” (verse 12).
John, still recounting his vision, then explained that an additional
book was opened: “And another book was opened, which is the Book of
Life” (verse 12). When the process of judgment is finished, the record
of names will be examined and “anyone not found written in the Book of
Life was cast into the lake of fire” (verse 15).
When is a name entered into the Book of Life?
The apostle Paul explains that the initial step toward salvation is
for a person to believe the gospel message of Jesus Christ. “In him you
also, who have heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation,
and have believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit,
which is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of
it, to the praise of his glory” (Ephesians 1:13-14, Revised Standard
Version).
Upon receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit, at that moment a person is begotten into the spiritual family of God (Romans 8:14, 16).
When a believer receives the Holy Spirit, the seal of promise, he or
she joins the “general assembly and church of the firstborn who are
registered in heaven” (Hebrews 12:23). Thus, a person’s name is entered into the Book of Life.
What must I do to have my name in the Book of Life?
For God to record our names in the Book of Life, we must repent of our sins, be baptized and become spiritually converted. Water baptism symbolizes one’s lifelong commitment to follow God’s way of life (Acts 2:38).
Jesus told His followers, “Do not labor for the food which perishes,
but for the food which endures to everlasting life, which the Son of Man
will give you, because God the Father has set His seal on Him” (John 6:27). Why is it so important for us to do this?
Jesus Christ declares, “He who overcomes shall be clothed in white
garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life; but I
will confess his name before My Father and before His angels” (Revelation 3:5).
Father God I humbly thank you for another day to glorify your holy name. I thank you for this topic and the resources provided. I thank you for the clarity for I myself was unsure of something’s too. Thankful for the resources and praying that this helps someone in need. Amen

Sins and Virtues

Why don’t we talk about the seven deadly sins nor the seven virtues ?
Well, I am going to.
I will open up a bit of myself and share some experiences as well as discuss the 7 deadly sins and the seven virtues and their meanings.
I will have external resources which the links will be provided throughout this document.
So what are the 7 deadly sins and what do they mean?
7 Deadly Sins List & Meanings
Envy = the desire to have an item or experience that someone else possesses
Gluttony = excessive ongoing consumption of food or drink
Greed or Avarice = an excessive pursuit of material possessions
Lust = an uncontrollable passion or longing, especially for sexual desires
Pride = excessive view of one’s self without regard to others.
Sloth = excessive laziness or the failure to act and utilize one’s talents
Wrath = uncontrollable feelings of anger and hate towards another person
from the link above i will quote the article and also give my own stories and input. “Each one of these deadly sins listed above has its root in the desire for more and the human need for excess. Each sin goes against the root of Christianity which is: love for God, love for our fellow man, and love for our bodies (keeping them as clean temples for God, 1 Corinthians 6:19-20). Paul writes in Philippians 4:11-12, ‘I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am.’ This strikes at the root of each of these deadly sins. Paul in effect is saying that God can take care of our needs and there is no need to lust or desire after excessive things.”
We are selfish creatures, we are sinful beings, we like to fill the ‘voids’ we have in our lives with anything other than Christ.
Many of us when in the flesh have experienced moments of Envy., Gluttony, Greed, Lust, Pride, Sloth, wrath. I know I have at one point or another, I will admit it.
Envy, I experienced Envy as a child when I saw other kids get materialistic things that I couldn’t (because my folks couldn’t afford them). I also experienced envy when I wanted to conceived and couldn’t, yet the whole world was having children.
Gluttony, I have overly consumed alcoholic beverages in my day to fill a void I thought needed to get filled with alcohol when I tried to drown my worries away.
Greed, I have experienced greed during times of selfishness, where I thought of my self, my possession and nothing else mattered.
Lust, I have had lust for individuals whom were not my spouse.
Pride, I have had plenty of prideful moments in my life.
Sloth, there have been times I have been pure lazy, where i would veg out and not want to associate myself with anyone and just be.
Wrath, I have had feelings of angered and hatred at one point or another to individuals.
Basically without going into full details, yes I too have had moments where I have experienced these moments, regrettably so.
Yet now what? How can we “cure” or fix ourselves from these deadly sins?
The cure, is a new heart which acts in accordance to God’s love and law.
The article i found stated “The cure for these sins is the gift of a new heart that acts in accordance to the love and law of God. This new heart can only come from God. Ezekiel 36:26-27 says, ‘I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them.’ Humanity’s only hope is the miracle of a regenerated heart that acts according to the direction of the Holy Spirit to walk in God’s statutes and judgements.”
we need to open up to God, Confess to him our sins, move forward with an open heart, mind and self to move forward to be pure of heart to not sin. It will not happen over night. You need to be open, willing and able to move as God commands you to walk. He will give you this new heart to walk in. “Power does not come from self to change the heart. On the contrary, this verse clearly points out that God alone gives you a new heart and causes you to walk in His ways. As this event becomes a reality in your life, the seven deadly sins of gluttony, envy, sloth, wrath, pride, lust, and greed will lose their power in your life. With the indwelling Holy Spirit in your life, you will instead desire to live a life based upon the principles of the Bible.”
the article gives a History of the Seven Deadly Sins “The seven deadly sins were first compiled by Pope Gregory I around the year 600. They are pride, greed, lust, wrath, gluttony, envy, and sloth. Gregory also compiled a list of the seven virtues: faith, hope, charity, justice, prudence, temperance, and fortitude. The Bible would validate all of these concepts, but nowhere are they recorded in a list like this and nowhere in the Bible are they specifically referred to as the seven deadly sins or seven virtues. They do not pre date the Ten Commandments which were given at Mt. Sinai around 1450 B.C. It is probably true that they were used extensively to teach principles from God’s Word, particularly in the centuries before the invention of the printing press when the Bible was not available for the common man to read and study.”
just in case; the ten commandments are as follows:
You shall have no other gods before Me.
You shall not make idols.
You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain.
Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
Honor your father and your mother.
You shall not murder.
You shall not commit adultery.
You shall not steal.
You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
You shall not covet.
In the bible the 7 deadly sins do not appear, yet the bible does mention in Proverbs what is sinful to the lord:
Proverbs 6:16-19, “These six things the Lord hates, yes, seven are an abomination to Him:
A proud look,
a lying tongue,
hands that shed innocent blood,
A heart that devises wicked plans,
feet that are swift in running to evil,
A false witness who speaks lies,
and one who sows discord among brethren.”
Also, In Galatians “mentions several more sins to be on our guard against” , Galatians 5:19-21 “Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.”
What now are the seven virtues?
The Seven Virtues
“The seven virtues were originally defined in the poem, Psychomachia, by Aurelius Clemens Prudentius, a Christian governor who died around 410 A.D. Because of the poem’s prevalence the concept and idea of the seven virtues spread throughout Europe. The following is a listing of the seven virtues and how they cure each of the seven deadly sins:”
Kindness = cures envy by placing the desire to help others above the need to supersede them
Temperance = cures gluttony by implanting the desire to be healthy, therefore making one fit to serve others
Charity or love = cures greed by putting the desire to help others above storing up treasure for one’s self
Chastity or Self-control = cures lust by controlling passion and leveraging that energy for the good of others
Humility = cures pride by removing one’s ego and boastfulness, therefore allowing the attitude of service
Diligence or Zeal = cures slothfulness by placing the best interest of others above the life of ease and relaxation.
Patience = cures wrath by taking time to understand the needs and desires of others before acting or speaking.
The seven virtues, though originally defined from a poem the concept isn’t far fetched from the teachings of Christianity.
For example if you think of the 10 commandments tells you how we are to live
You shall have no other gods before Me. – God is your one and only God
You shall not make idols. – Do not make idols since we serve the one true god
You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain. – wash out your tongue and speak words of prosperity in stead of in vain
Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. – praise him.
Honor your father and your mother. – love and honor them.
You shall not murder. –
You shall not commit adultery.
You shall not steal.
You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
You shall not covet.
We also find concepts of virtue in:
Philippians 4:8
Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is
right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute,
if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on
these things.
Psalm 41:12
As for me, You uphold me in my integrity, And You set me in Your presence forever.
We are to hold his virtue, his commandments, keep pure, we are to love one another, be kind to one another, help one another, be humble with one another, be diligent for one another have patience for one another.
We must do our best not to sin. It really is not easy, for there are many ways we get tempted. We have to learn to not use material means to fill voids only God can fill.
Father God I thank you for bringing this article before me. I thank you for allowing me to share this. We are living in times where we sin more than we would hope to, we are living in dangerous times, scary times, times filled with hatred. I want to be the change I wish to see in this world. I want to bring forth your love and your peace to this world. I want to help any way I can and show your love and good deeds in the world. amen.