Are Nicotine Patches Scriptual?

My feeling is no, with some qualifications. Of course, I may be wrong!

Yes, I know the body is the temple of the Holy Spirit so we shouldn’t do anything to harm the body. I’m going to discuss motivation to stop sinning, no matter what particular area it is. Attitudes and motivations are very important. Love is a key motivation.

If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.
1 Corinthians 13:3 NIV

I can do all kinds of great things, and help a lot of people. But if I’m not driven for love for them, they still get blessed, but I don’t. I already have my reward. The Word of God has many times pointed out to me that my insides aren’t quite as nice looking as what others may see from the outside.

For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.
Hebrews 4:12-13 NIV

Time for an example. I have known smokers who didn’t care at all about how their smoke affected others. If you went into their homes, you could practically walk on the thick layers of tobacco smoke. If you rode in their cars, you almost needed an ice scraper to scrape the tar and junk off the inside of the windows in order to see out. These people were smokers, and they were proud of it. If you didn’t like it, well, that’s your problem, and don’t let the door hit you on the backside on your way out.

But some of these people quit smoking, and immediately got on the “No One Should Smoke” bandwagon. Formerly they didn’t care at all who was subject to their smoke, but now some of them became verbally violent to everyone who smoked. I heard one of them tell a smoker, “I quit smoking, so you should too!” To me this is a horrible, two-faced attitude that, frankly, I think is in danger of “Lord, Lord!” territory.

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’”
Matthew 7:21-23 NIV

If former smokers feel the need to become nonsmoking evangelists, how much better to have the humble attitude suggested in this passage.

Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted. Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. If anyone thinks they are something when they are not, they deceive themselves. Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else, for each one should carry their own load. Nevertheless, the one who receives instruction in the word should share all good things with their instructor.
Galatians 6:1-6 NIV

Like I suppose all true Christians, there are some areas I’m trying to get cleaned up before I see the Lord face to face. This passage had me stop and ponder my real motivations for awhile.

Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.
Galatians 6:7-8 NIV

It struck me that – perhaps, maybe – I might be trying to overcome some things by sowing to my flesh, instead of making changes strictly to please God. Perhaps I was like the man in a cartoon, “That’s like someone who found out he was allergic to chicken, so he kept on eating rooster.” It became clear that I needed to be working on these areas, looking up for help from the One I should be trying to please. I had been just a little like the Pharisee in this passage.

To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everyone else, Jesus told this parable: “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’ “But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’ “I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”
Luke 18:9-14 NIV

“Bragging” to God about how I overcame something wasn’t very profitable. God hates man’s pride. I always need to keep in mind this complete list of things I have that I wasn’t given.

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So, are nicotine patches a scripturally-valid way to stop smoking? If your motivation is to please God, I’d say yes. Especially if the Father and you have chatted about it, yes. If you’re trying to quit smoking so you’re not so ashamed to come before God, press in a little further and ask for help. (God already knows you’re a smoker. He won’t be surprised.) In this case I’d say yes, and urge you to think about quitting just to make God happy. But if this is a way you can show God how lucky He is to have you, beware! That’s not a good place to be. I know. I’ve been there.

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God’s Hammer

I had a couple jobs where I had to make some big rocks into little rocks. No, incarceration was not involved. 😉 My experiences swinging a sledge hammer gave me valuable insight into this key verse of scripture.

“Is not my word like fire,” declares the LORD, “and like a hammer that breaks a rock in pieces?”
Jeremiah‬ ‭23:29‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Wham!

The first swing of the sledge hammer against a large, hard rock, seems to do nothing. The rock voices its annoyance with a bell-like Ping! as the hammer head bounces back in the air, indicating the rock has indeed rejected perhaps all the force of the blow.

Wham! Ping! … Wham! Ping! … Wham! Ping! … 

Nothing seems to be happening.

Wham! Ping! … Wham! Ping! … Wham! Ping! … 

Absolutely nothing seems to be happening. The rock seems aloof, disinterested, impervious. “Go ahead. Make my day!” it seems to say.

Wham! Ping! … Wham! Ping! … Wham! Ping! … 

Nothing. Why am I doing this?

Wham! Ping! … Wham! Ping! … Wham! Ping! … 

Though there are no indications that anything at all is happening to the big rock, microscopic fractures are beginning to form and join in the rock. In college I was to learn there is a formal name for this process, Fatigue. I cannot easily improve on the Wikipedia description of Fatigue.

Fatigue occurs when a material is subjected to repeated loading and unloading. If the loads are above a certain threshold, microscopic cracks will begin to form at the stress concentrators such as the surface, persistent slip bands (PSBs), interfaces of constituents in the case of composites, and grain interfaces in the case of metals. Eventually a crack will reach a critical size, the crack will propagate suddenly, and the structure will fracture. The shape of the structure will significantly affect the fatigue life; square holes or sharp corners will lead to elevated local stresses where fatigue cracks can initiate. Round holes and smooth transitions or fillets will therefore increase the fatigue strength of the structure.

Metal fatigue can cause airplanes to fall out of the sky. This one safely landed, somehow.


Wham! Ping! … Wham! Ping! … Wham! Ping! … 

The rock seems bored, like it could do this all day. But inside, the tiny fractures are joining into larger microscopic fractures.

Wham! Ping! … Wham! Ping! … Wham! Ping! … 

Outwardly nothing has changed. But in its soul if it has one, the rock is beginning to sense it is doomed.

Wham! Ping! … Wham! Ping! … Wham! Ping! … 

Finally, the rock gives some indication it has met its match. Its bell-like sound decreases in pitch just a little bit.

Wham! Ping?

It may take a few more blows, with the rock responding each time with an increasingly anemic ring.

Wham! ping? …Wham! ping?? …Wham! ping??? …

Then finally!

Wham!

I have never had the hammer head rebound from that last blow. The rock did meet its better!

Use God’s Word the same way. Pray a specific scripture or scriptures against a particular circumstance or need. If you need healing, bang away in prayer with, By Jesus’ stripes I am healed! I am healed! If your need is financial, pray with The Lord is my shepherd, I have no wants, and, My God has supplied all my needs according to his riches in glory, by Christ Jesus. Make the prayers personal. Fit me and my house in the verses if you’re praying for your family.

Use the Word of God like a sledge hammer on each area of your life you want improved. At first, it may seem like nothing is happening.

Wham! Ping! … Wham! Ping! … Wham! Ping! … 

Keep at it, though nothing seems to be changing.

Wham! Ping! … Wham! Ping! … Wham! Ping! … 

While praying, keep listening for the still, quiet voice. Adjust the scriptures you are praying per His instructions.

Wham! Ping! … Wham! Ping! … Wham! Ping! … 

Keep at it! God’s Word always succeeds!

Wham! Ping! … Wham! Ping! … Wham! Ping! … 

Then off on the distant horizon, the tiniest itty-bitty cloud appears.

Wham! Ping?

The torrential downpour is on its way!

Wham! ping? …Wham! ping?? …Wham! ping??? …

Then finally! Victory!

Wham!

The solution manifests itself! The issue is vaporized! Glory to God!

I am making my way out of a time of being in a desert, where nothing seemed to be working. I made bad decisions, and followed them up with even worse decisions. In my discouragement I only occasionally swung the hammer of God’s Word. But I did swing it enough that I encouraged myself in the Lord. I’m picking up the pace, swinging harder and longer. I’m seeing itsy-bitsy, teeny-tiny clouds on the horizon. The downpour that means the end of drought is on its way! Where are my umbrella and hip waders?  🙂 🙂 🙂

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Holy-Wouldnot!

I am very concerned about many people in the movie business, and for some leaders and politicians. Do they not know greater judgment awaits those who mislead others?

Beware of the scribes, which desire to walk in long robes, and love greetings in the markets, and the highest seats in the synagogues, and the chief rooms at feasts; Which devour widows’ houses, and for a shew make long prayers: the same shall receive greater damnation.
Luke 20:46-47 KJV

My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation. For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body.
James 3:1-2 KJV

Whole cities and groups of people will receive greater judgment.

Then Jesus began to denounce the towns in which most of his miracles had been performed, because they did not repent. “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the miracles that were performed in you had been performed in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. But I tell you, it will be more bearable for Tyre and Sidon on the day of judgment than for you. And you, Capernaum, will you be lifted to the heavens? No, you will go down to Hades. For if the miracles that were performed in you had been performed in Sodom, it would have remained to this day. But I tell you that it will be more bearable for Sodom on the day of judgment than for you.
Matthew 11:20-24 NIV

And Jesus said that if you cause a believing child to fall, you’ll wish you had committed suicide instead.

But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea. Woe unto the world because of offences! for it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh!
Matthew 18:6-7 KJV

These people are snared by the devil, and are doing the devil’s work.

And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging 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.
2 Timothy 2:24-26 KJV

The fields are white! The heads of grain are about to fall off and be lost eternally!

Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.
John 4:35 KJV

Pray that God sends out laborers into His harvest!

But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd. Then saith he unto his disciples,The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.
Matthew 9:36-38 KJV

Be an answer to that prayer. Don’t make Jesus deny you.

Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.
Matthew 10:32-33 KJV

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Concerns About Heaven


This is not a very important post. I certainly want to go to heaven because it’s a great place and God is there. I certainly want to go to heaven because the alternative, the lake of fire, is completely unappealing. Nevertheless a few things trouble me just a little.

There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever.
‭‭Revelation‬ ‭22:5‬ ‭NIV‬‬

No night? I love the night! As a few inches of snow hide lots of tiny details, making the larger shapes easier to see, so the night helps me ignore the urgent to ponder the important. Daytime is for activity, nighttime is for thinking. As I read somewhere, “In the daytime, you’re bounded by what you can see. At night, you’re bounded by what you can imagine.” I love to look at the stars and think. If this life is all there is, the stars represent impossibility. I cannot reach them. If I am immortal, the stars represent possibility. I’ll have the time to visit each one, by rowboat. I love the night! I love watching the stars and thinking! Hopefully heaven has something like the night, only better!

Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea.
Revelation‬ ‭21:1‬ ‭NIV‬‬

“No longer any sea”? Bummer. I love the ocean. I served about a month of active duty in the US Navy as part of a Navy ROTC program. Ports of call: Okinawa, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and the Philippines. I’ve been out where the big waves live. I’ve been far enough out to know what landlubbers call “the smell of the ocean” is in truth, “the smell of the shore.” Steaming into the Philippines was like a cliche travel brochure. A glorious sunset, and the sun’s angle made a spectacular illusion. The ocean’s water appeared to begin about a foot below a layer of almost completely transparent liquid crystal. Beautiful! I’ve been in a storm where we had to lash the stool in front of the radar scope to the bulkheads to keep it from falling over, and trying to sit and eat soup from a bowl with a spoon was comically futile. I loved it! Perhaps there is a bit of Viking in me after all. I never got seasick, or had any trouble transitioning between sea and land legs. I’ve never fallen asleep so quickly as I did aboard ship, though my blood had to be about 50% black, vile, Navy coffee, and 5% nicotine from the $0.15 packs of Marlboros purchased in international waters. If I tried to hold my head still on my pillow in my rack, I’d never fall asleep. But if I let it roll from side to side in keeping with gravity’s wishes as the ship rolled, my entire body would relax, and I’d be fast asleep before my head began its third, slooooow, tiiiiiiick – toooooock. Because of the downright fun I had on this Navy cruise, in my younger days I wanted to experience a real storm on a ship, either the North Atlantic in winter, or between South America and Antartica in winter – the area of the world where mighty ocean and air currents play 24-hour dodgeball continuously. 30 to 35 degree rolls were fun; let’s try some 45’s, in waves so huge you often can’t see the other ships in the convoy! I love the ocean! (I hated the Navy, but it was about 2 BC for me. I hated pretty much everything.) Hopefully heaven has something like oceans, only better.

“At the resurrection people will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven.”
Matthew‬ ‭22:30‬ ‭NIV‬‬

No sex? No sex in heaven? I would miss it not because of pleasure, but because of intimacy. Married sex was a great way to get get close to my wife. Divorced now, I miss the cuddling after much more than the act itself. Yes, between Thanksgiving and New Year’s I like to watch the Hallmark Movie Channel. I wish they had more titles with people who screwed up the first time, instead of the nearly-endless series of widows and widowers who find love again. I have realized I experienced the touch of human kindness when hands briefly brushed getting change back at a drive-through. I am the poster child for Genesis 2:18.

The king Jimmy version of the Bible gets it. Here’s a modern translation of a verse.

But he did not consummate their marriage until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus.
Matthew‬ ‭1:25‬ ‭NIV‬‬

And this is the Kingesth Jameseth.

And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS.
Matthew‬ ‭1:25‬ ‭KJV‬‬

“(Joseph) knew her not.” Exactly!

I’ve wondered about heaven’s mechanisms, if any, for achieving special intimacy, special closeness. Is a simple handshake in heaven better than being naked with someone you love deeply and are committed to on earth? I can’t wait to find out!


Don’t you miss heaven! It’s gonna be great!

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Romans 13:1-5

Romans 13:1-5 does not mean what the words say. IMO. This passage has been used to tell people they always have to obey the government.

Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended. For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience.

Romans‬ ‭13:1-5‬ ‭NIV‬‬

On the surface that is indeed what the passage says. But does always obey the government agree with the rest of the Bible? Let’s take a look.

Uh, oh. Looks like there’s a problem with the always obey the government doctrine way back at the front of The Book.

The king of Egypt said to the Hebrew midwives, whose names were Shiphrah and Puah, “When you are helping the Hebrew women during childbirth on the delivery stool, if you see that the baby is a boy, kill him; but if it is a girl, let her live.” The midwives, however, feared God and did not do what the king of Egypt had told them to do; they let the boys live. Then the king of Egypt summoned the midwives and asked them, “Why have you done this? Why have you let the boys live?” The midwives answered Pharaoh, “Hebrew women are not like Egyptian women; they are vigorous and give birth before the midwives arrive.” So God was kind to the midwives and the people increased and became even more numerous. And because the midwives feared God, he gave them families of their own.

Exodus 1:15-21 NIV

Check it out. The midwives Shiphrah and Puah:

  1. Disobeyed the king of Egypt.
  2. Lied to the king of Egypt.
  3. Were blessed by God with families of their own because they feared God.

I think it’s safe to conclude God was cool with the midwives disobeying and lying to the king of Egypt. It looks like the always obey the government doctrine just showed up at the hospital ER in an ambulance. I don’t think it’s going to make it.

What about the story of Rahab in Joshua 2?

  1. She hid the Israelite spies from the men sent by the king of Jericho.
  2. She lied to the men sent by the king of Jericho.
  3. She used a rope to let the Israelite spies escape from Jericho.

And what did God think about Rahab’s actions?

  • By faith the prostitute Rahab, because she welcomed the spies, was not killed with those who were disobedient.

    Hebrews 11:31 NIV

  • In the same way, was not even Rahab the prostitute considered righteous for what she did when she gave lodging to the spies and sent them off in a different direction?

    James 2:25 NIV

It sure looks to me like God was in favor of Rahab not obeying the king of Jericho. The always obey the government doctrine is in the hospital’s critical care unit, gasping.

What about Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, who disobeyed king Nebuchadnezzar? The king had them tossed into a fiery furnace, but the only thing that burned was the ropes that bound them.

The always obey the government doctrine just died.

Daniel disobeyed king Darius, spent a night with hungry lions, but wasn’t harmed at all.

The always obey the government doctrine is in the morgue.

“But that is the Old Testament God!” you may say. Oh, the, “I am the Lord, I change not” God. That one? The, “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever” God. That one? “Old Testament God.” Good one! -Snort- Hahahahaha!

This New Testament verse couldn’t possibly be clearer.

Peter and the other apostles replied: “We must obey God rather than human beings!”

Acts 5:29 NIV

The always obey the government doctrine has been cremated. Its ashes have been tossed in the ocean. It no longer exists.

Why is Romans 13:1-5 misunderstood? The Romans took a really dim view of treason. A quick internet search for “roman punishment for treason” yielded this gem: “The punishment for treason during the time of Nero was to be stripped naked, having his head held up by a fork and being whipped to death.

Paul did not have encrypted email. He could not write in the clear, “Obey God, not men.” If a letter containing “Obey God, not men,” fell into the hands of the Roman government, people would die. To borrow from C.S. Lewis, their lives would be short but their deaths slow. Paul had to hide his real message somehow. I believe this passage does say, “Obey God, not men.” This is the key.

For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good.

Romans 13:4a NIV

Authority from God is supposed to be for my good. When it is, I am to obey it. When it is not, I am to follow in the footsteps of Shiphrah, Puah, Rahab, Shadrach, Meshach, Abednego, Daniel, and Peter and the other apostles. I must obey God, not men!

Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended. For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience.

Romans‬ ‭13:1-5‬ ‭NIV‬‬

The Bible does not teach the always obey the government doctrine. Indeed, it teaches the exact opposite. We must always obey God, not evil men.

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What Does Greater Mean?


It means greater. I’ve heard all kinds of people try to explain how Jesus didn’t mean what he said in this verse. I believe they are wrong. I think Jesus said what He meant, and meant what He said.

“Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.”
John 14:12 NIV

Even greater things.” Interesting. Very interesting. You know it’s happened, right? In my opinion, Joshua and Moses both did greater works than Jesus! Joshua made the sun stand still. Jesus never did that. IMO Joshua did a greater work than Jesus.

On the day the LORD gave the Amorites over to Israel, Joshua said to the LORD in the presence of Israel:

   “Sun, stand still over Gibeon,
      and you, moon, over the Valley of Aijalon.” 
   So the sun stood still,
      and the moon stopped,
   till the nation avenged itself on its enemies,

as it is written in the Book of Jashar.

The sun stopped in the middle of the sky and delayed going down about a full day. There has never been a day like it before or since, a day when the LORD listened to a human being. Surely the LORD was fighting for Israel!
                           Joshua 10:12-14 NIV

My man Mo made the waters of the sea stand up in a heap on either side. Again, IMO, a greater work than Jesus did during His earthly ministry.

   Then the LORD said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to me? Tell the Israelites to move on. Raise your staff and stretch out your hand over the sea to divide the water so that the Israelites can go through the sea on dry ground. I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians so that they will go in after them. And I will gain glory through Pharaoh and all his army, through his chariots and his horsemen. The Egyptians will know that I am the LORD when I gain glory through Pharaoh, his chariots and his horsemen.” 
   Then the angel of God, who had been traveling in front of Israel’s army, withdrew and went behind them. The pillar of cloud also moved from in front and stood behind them, coming between the armies of Egypt and Israel. Throughout the night the cloud brought darkness to the one side and light to the other side; so neither went near the other all night long. 
   Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and all that night the LORD drove the sea back with a strong east wind and turned it into dry land. The waters were divided, and the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground, with a wall of water on their right and on their left.
                   Exodus 14:15-22 NIV

In the past 100 years, I think there are people that have done greater things than Jesus did when he walked on earth. For example, as a young Christian I read a story of a widow who did what I consider a greater work than Jesus. Jesus rebuked a storm and it became calm. She made a tornado miss her farm. It’s a close call, but I think she did the greater work. The black, swirling, evil twister was barreling straight towards her farm and buildings. Ignoring the pleas of others to get in the root cellar, she grabbed her Bible and ran towards the beast. Her hair and clothes ruffling in the wind, she shouted at the tornado that it had to obey the Word of God. She shouted specific dominion and protection verses at it. Standing her ground to almost the point of death, at the last moment the tornado lifted. It stayed in the air over her property, damaging nothing. It descended again immediately when it cleared her property. It continued gobbling up the countryside for miles.

I think these are days that require greater works than Jesus. Evil has better technology now. Nukes instead of swords. The devil and his gang no doubt have planned some spectacular, dastardly outrages – that God will stop! Philip and Jesus and his posse were both suddenly transported a great distance. Are you ready to be instantly translated somewhere to tell an nuclear weapon it’s not going to go off, or tell an earthquake it’s not going to happen? The need for such actions may occur.

The people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.
Daniel 11:32 KJV

Check this out: Henry Gruver: Fallen Angels Chained Beneath Streets of Rome!

In the ultimate sense, can we do greater works than Jesus? No. It is a tough act to follow, the Dude who created the universe. Of course his total acts are greater!

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. … The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.
From ‭‭John‬ ‭1:1-14‬ ‭NIV‬‬

But Jesus decided to be the ultimate example of the Golden Rule, to do as you would have done to you. He knew that if He needed a savior, it would be really cool if someone stepped up to the plate and saved Him. He saw mankind needed a savior, so He did what He would have wanted done for Him if He needed it. He emptied Himself and took on our form.

Whoooop! Whoooop! Whoooop! Warning buzzers and lights went off in heaven. “Warning, all creation that loves God! God is now running on two-thirds power! The Father is full power, the Spirit is full power, but the Son is empty!” Whoooop! Whoooop! Whoooop!

Pause and ponder. I don’t claim to understand all of this. But it seems to me that Jesus, during His ministry on earth about 2000 years ago, was like a sinless version of Elijah or Elisha of the Old Teatment. Jesus is fully man and fully God, but he chose to empty Himself. During his time on earth back in the day, he chose not to have His “God Superpowers.” He operated as just a man, doing miracles not by his own God powers, but only by the Spirit’s. He operated just like Elijah or Elisha. He did a better job because he hadn’t screwed up and sinned.

“Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.
John 14:12 NIV

Greater works, because. Greater works, because. Greater works, because.

When Jesus ascended to heaven after his resurrection He refilled Himself with His “God Superpowers.” Whoooop! Whoooop! Whoooop! “Attention, all creation! God is now running on full power again! The Father is full power, the Spirit is full power, and the Son is full power! Glory be to our God!” Whoooop! Whoooop! Whoooop!

Greater works, because. Greater works, because. Greater works, because Jesus is full-power God again! 

Are you preparing to be used for greater works than Jesus did in his earthly ministry? These two verses are key.

Apart from me you can do nothing.
John‬ ‭15:5‬ ‭NIV‬‬

“Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.
John 14:12 NIV

Friends, it ain’t about us. The place of power is knowing we bring absolutely nothing to the party, but God wants a big party anyway.  🙂

Are you following God's plan for your life? 
   You should.
      Your plan sucks.
      It really, really sucks.
      Suckage Maximus.

Most people are WRONG! WRONG! WRONG!

Jesus is coming.
   Are you ready to meet Him?
   Give your life to Jesus Christ.
   Time is running out.

Do I Need to Tithe?

Cash Coins

Your call.

Will a mere mortal rob God? Yet you rob me. “But you ask, ‘How are we robbing you?’ “In tithes and offerings.“”
Malachi 3:8 NIV

“No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭6:24‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Nothing impure will ever enter it (heaven), nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.
Revelation 21:27 NIV

Outside (heaven) are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.
Revelation 22:15 NIV

Do whatever you want with these scriptures. Personally, I’m a tither.  😉

Are you following God's plan for your life? 
   You should.
      Your plan sucks.
      It really, really sucks.
      Suckage Maximus.

Most people are WRONG! WRONG! WRONG!

Jesus is coming.
   Are you ready to meet Him?
   Give your life to Jesus Christ.
   Time is running out.