A different take on king of kings and Lord of Lords.
Thinking on this subject I completely recognize the obvious
#1 Jesus is in control no matter who rules in the world they still have to answer to God! &
#2 Jesus says his followers (the church) will rule city’s in his kingdom in the end. But there is a 3rd interpretation.
(And by the way it does not have to be one or the other it can be all 3)
#3 When we submit ourselves unto Christ not only does he give us the grace to overcome our limitations and sins but he gives us the power and authority to do so in essence making us Lords and Kings over Satan and sin in our lives!
In other words he authorizes us to use his power/rule over sin and demons (including satan) in our lives! And while we can not control all circumstances in our lives he has equipped us to chose how we react to and understand those circumstances. So by making us (his church) individual kings and Lords of our lives he is in the truest sense Lord of Lords and King of Kings. The Lords and Kings not only being earthly rulers but you and I his followers as well!
The Darkness engulfs me light is no where around. I yell and I scream but it seems I’m not to be found. Why can’t they hear me when my tears are streaming. Why can’t they see me when my heart’s still bleeding.
Even when my friends are around I’m all alone no matter what I do or say I’m still empty, I’m still Hollow! Am I the only one? Must this pain go on? even when I’m happy my joy seems to be gone. Like it’s somewhere off at sea while I’m here stuck on shore. Is life just pointless? What am I even here for?
I once thought like this both night and day it haunted me in every way. Darkness had its grip on me I believed it’s lie that there was no light for me to see! When all along there it was right in front of me. For all I had to do was allowed myself to believe and then allow myself to receive.
BUT HOW! how can it be this simple? How could this be true? After all you’ve done how could the light love you? The darkness made me ask as doubt began to creep in because of my past.
But then the light spoke up even louder! He told me of how He died and suffered and overcame. Of how he rose and of how in love he had purchase me. As He told me I felt His POWER! My world began to shake!
I heard the dings of my shackles as they fell from me and began to break! PAIN! REGRET! I’M FINALLY FREE! My soul cried out in pure Relief, for the first time ever I could truly see. The darkness standing there in front of me! Hatred pouring from his eyes as he stood there glaring without Disguise.
The darkness for so long I had thought was my friend. The darkness which for so long I had always said was the one thing I could truly understand. But now I had seen it for what it is and for how it hid in my life.
And when I had looked a second time at this Deceiver no longer in disguise, I noticed in his hands the sword of flame and on it was a death-list at the top was my name! And before I could react he took his mighty swing!
And then like a flood the light rushed in and rescue me with its Majestic glow. It consumed my life and I felt whole! no longer empty, no longer hollow, rather full of life, full of joy, of Hope for my tomorrow.
My joy no longer off at sea but swimming here inside of me, and though there are times my heart may bleed I’m never alone for He’s here with me.! To comfort , to heal, or just to be my savior has never forsaken me. He’s Jesus the Christ my guiding light, my way, my truth, my eternal right!!!
By: William Marchbanks
Hey guys I learned why Jesus refers to himself as the son of man and so I’m passing it on because it’s pretty cool. Before I explain you must realize that the jews never knew god as a three person entity. God was formless and one. With that in mind think about this, Daniel has a vision (in Daniel 7) this vision is God The Ancient Of Days and one like the son of man is brought before God and all nations, kings, and peoples worshiped him in front of the Ancient Of Days.
He was given by God glory and sovereign power and his kingdom would last forever. This disturbed and confused Daniel greatly because here was a man receiving worship in front of The Ancient Of Days and God was okay with it. Daniel did not understand. Daniel knew the law taught that God alone was to be worshiped and that God is a jealous God. So Daniel asked the angel to explain it to him.
Da 7:13 “In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a son of man, coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and was led into his presence. Da 7:14 He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all peoples, nations and men of every language worshiped him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and his kingdom is one that will never be destroyed. Da 7:15 “I, Daniel, was troubled in spirit, and the visions that passed through my mind disturbed me. Da 7:16 I approached one of those standing there and asked him the true meaning of all this. “So he told me and gave me the interpretation of these things: Da 7:17 ‘The four great beasts are four kingdoms that will rise from the earth. Da 7:18 But the saints of the Most High will receive the kingdom and will possess it forever yes, for ever and ever
Also notice Daniel said one like the Son of man. In other words like a man but not quite a man. So in Mathew 16:13-20 when Jesus asked his disciples “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” he is referring to Daniel chapter 7.
Matthew 16:13-20 NIV
When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?”  They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”  “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”  Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”  Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven.  And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.  I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”  Then he ordered his disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Messiah.
All the Jews from boyhood had learned about the son of man and pondered on it. It was a biblical mystery to them. Now here comes Jesus and he asks his disciples about this mystery “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” The disciples put forth all the current theories of their day John the Baptist, Elijah, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets.
Then Jesus asked two important questions revealing the answer to the mystery of the Son of man. He asked “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” and that’s when it happened . . . the pieces of the ancient puzzle fell into place for none other than Peter. Peter realized that the son of man being worship in Daniel’s vision was God himself in flesh (the Son of god) and that’s why the son of man was given glory, worship, and sovereign power.
When Peter revealed this to them Jesus praised Peter and told him that this was not revealed to him by his own mental figuring but by the spirit of God and warned all the disciples to keep this revelation to themselves for the moment because it wasn’t yet time for it to be revealed to the word. Pretty cool huh?
If they could only see in my soul how different would things be? If they knew the scars personally? If they could by memory recall in a flash the pain of a 1000 regrets and broken relationships, of a 1000 hurts and a million tears.
I ask myself have they ever felt the despair of deaths touch, cold on the skin in the form of depression. In the form of a black hole swallowing the light, killing the light! Swallowing them up in complete blackness, up in total loneliness and utter despair. Have they ever known and if they had would they then care?
Why does life have to be this way! Even in light I’m surrounded by darkness, even in day the Sun flees from me not to be seen and nowhere to be found! Why can’t I lift above the fog that surrounds me?!
Oh that I might see the Sun again lord! Oh to know it’s comforts once more! Please sweet Lord bring to me the Sun again! Allow me the comfort of it’s warmth, the peace of its light that my mind may have a moments of rest.
Lord please look on your servant with favor again that I might rejoice in your presence! Cast from me this fog of darkness, this fog of war, of pain and despair!
Oh Lord let my mind know your rest once more that I may be with you and enjoy the gift that is you! Oh God! but regardless my Lord your servant will follow you wherever you lead, Weather it be to peace or if it be to war I, your servant will follow you Oh Lord! I am Forever yours
With gratitude and love.
My world is turning, my head is burning! My legs give out and my body finaly shuts down. Now here I am in total darkness not even sure what my own thought is!
So I take the pen of my soul, and the Tablet of my heart, and I begin to write, when The Holy Spirit speaks and stops me dead in my tracks. I listen to what he has to say until my own thoughts become whispers of the past, and then it hits me.
My tragedy is one of my own writing. So I take that pen and I give it to Him and He teaches me, His own words finally reaching me. And the darkness is still there surronding me, everywhere!
But it’s ok because the confussion is gone and I’m not lost or alone, I can finally see. This hurt, this darkness though it is bad and even terrible at times in the end all it is, is Just an unwilling tool! A tool God uses for my better though its intent was for my abuse! God used it for His use! So don’t be afraid of the dark when you carry the light within for no matter how it tries The darkness will never win, when you give Christ your internal Pen!!!!!
By: William Marchbanks
Without faith it is impossible to please God!
Hebrews 11:6 KJV
But without faith it is impossible to please him : for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
Are you walking in your faith and diligently seeing him? The funny thing about faith is it is tested and tried as a method of purification of your faith not your soul! Your soul is only purified through Christ wich we now have access to through grace! Funny thing is grace is only accessed through FAITH!
Romans 5:1-2 NIV
Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,  through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God.
So I’ll ask again are you walking in your faith! The best indicator that one is walking in faith is trails and tribulations wich our thrust upon us to both test and develop our faith!
1 Peter 1:3-7 NIV
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,  and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you,  who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.  In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials.  These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.
It is important to know that pain and suffering is a part of our calling in Christ. It is part of our growth and development but don’t let that be disheartening to you after all Jesus said
Matthew 11:28-30 NIV
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
John 14:15-19 NIV
“If you love me, keep my commands.  And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever—  the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.  I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.  Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live.
You see we do not struggle alone we have the Holy Spirit as our advocate to draw strength from! Not just comfort but strength and Faith! We do not suffer in vain! As my pastor says we can’t choose what we go through but we can choose how we go through it or how we respond to it! Make a choice to be men and women of faith!
Walk in that faith! Renew that faith! (As the Bible says . . . So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.) Allow God to develop your faith! Remain in his grace through faith! Trust and rely on God!
2 Corinthians 12:9-11 KJV
And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.  Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.  I am become a fool in glorying; ye have compelled me: for I ought to have been commended of you: for in nothing am I behind the very chiefest apostles, though I be nothing.
2 Corinthians 12:9-11 NIV
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 about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.  That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.  I have made a fool of myself, but you drove me to it. I ought to have been commended by you, for I am not in the least inferior to the “super-apostles,” even though I am nothing.
I know I put it twice KJV & NIV anyways I thinks James says it best
James 1:2-5 NIV
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds,  because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.  Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.  If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.
And when you feel you can not go on any further remember these two truths
#1 God never gives more than you can handle (you’re never alone)
1 Corinthians 10:9-13 NIV
We should not test Christ, as some of them did—and were killed by snakes.  And do not grumble, as some of them did—and were killed by the destroying angel.  These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the culmination of the ages has come.  So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall!  No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.
#2 Joy true joy is only found in the presence of the Lord!
(Get intimate with God. Invite his presence into your life! As my pastor said the prssence of God can do things that the knowledge of God can’t or rather there are some things that the presence of God can do that the knowledge of God can not!)
Acts 2:26-28 NIV
Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest in hope,  because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead, you will not let your holy one see decay.  You have made known to me the paths of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence.’
Hebrews 11:1, 3 KJV
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.  Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.
Hope + Faith + grace = Rest and all 3 are found in the presence of the Lord All mighty!
Let me ask you the question that plagues evolution theorist. If in the beginning there was nothing and we all evolved from some single cell organisms where did it come from? And what ever answer you come up with the same question will aply to that, that is where did it come from?
Alternative universes is the newest theory to ATEMPT TO GET AROUND that question yet I ask, where did the alternative universe come from and so on and so on? As you know basic science teaches you can’t get something from nothing therefore logic dictates that something has to have always existed and that, that something whatever it may be has to have existed / functioned outside the laws of physics!
No way around it! Something has to have always existed and whatever you believe that that something is in order to have always existed it must act outside of the laws of physics and not be bound by them! You can believe it was some MAGICAL single cell organism or gas, molecule, ect. I wil stick with the logicical conclusion and choose God!
All sin are equally wrong but all consequences of sin differ in variety depending on a many number of factors. God forgives us of all our sins equally as well if we remain in his forgiveness through submission to him. JOHN 15:5-6. While God does saves us from our sin through forgiveness it doesn’t always mean we won’t have to face the consequences of them here on earth. It’s called fatherly discipline.
Hebrews 12:6-13 NIV
because the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son.”  Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father?  If you are not disciplined—and everyone undergoes discipline—then you are not legitimate, not true sons and daughters at all.  Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of spirits and live!  They disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in his holiness.  No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.  Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees.  “Make level paths for your feet,” so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed.
We should also try and keep in mind that there is a difference between sin and sins that are detestable unto God. What’s the difference? Well let’s take homosexuality for example HOMOSEXUALITY IS MUCH MORE THAN A SIN OR AN ADICTION! It’s a lifestyle choice. Well can’t I be forgiven of homosexuality you ask. OF COURSE if your willing to reject the lifestyle and identify as who God says you are and not as the lie from Satan that you were born that way!
So what’s the difference between sin and a lifestyle of sin? You are what you are choosing to embrase or reject is the difference.
Once saved always saved DEBUNKED!
It is true that grace covers all sin and the forgiveness of sin is freely available to all. It is also true that Paul who wrote 1/3rd of the bible was a mass murderer of Christians before his conversion! Yet when we examine Paul’s life one thing is consistent he always answered the call to servanthood. He was once stoned almost to death dragged outside the city and believed to already had been dead they left him to rot. When he awoke he got right back up and answered yet again his call to servanthood thereby remaining in grace and forgiveness.
If we want to remain in grace and forgiveness we must choose daily to follow christ and answer his call of servanthood. I could go on and on and give you example after example instead I’ll save time and go straight to the words of Jesus.
John 15:5-6 NIV
“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.  If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned.
Pretty much self explanatory. So are you in unity with Christ or not? If you are there will be his fruit in your life. What is his fruit?
Galatians 5:22-23 NIV
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,  gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
That’s not to say that when you come to Christ you will automatically have all of these fruits manifested in your life that’s why Jesus says if you REMAIN in him you will bear much fruit. The key is to remain in him so he can complete the good work in you.
Philippians 1:6 NIV
being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
If you choose not to remain in him and choose a lifestyle of sin over him he will not overide your choice and remain in you to complete that good work. That’s not to say you have to live perfectly and must not ever sin again. It simply means you must choose daily and consciously to reject a lifestyle of sin and remain in a lifestyle of grace by answering God’s call of servanthood and perusing not your desires but rather God’s purpose for you!
Proverbs 19:21 NIV
Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.
If you want to prevail don’t seek out your heart’s plans but rather embrase t he Lord’s purpose for you. Don’t be one of the follow your heart fools, allow God the freedom to give you the desires of your heart. In other words allow God to place in you the desires your heart should have by completing his good work in you. In order for him to do that you must remain in him and he in you and that is achieved through you submitting to him!
Psalm 37:4-5 NIV
Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.  Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this:
Key word commit your way to the Lord AKA submission. Ask yourself are you willing to submit to Christ in every area of your life? Now ask yourself why haven’t you? And if you have but your still struggling and loosing the battle remain in Christ by not giving in! There has to be a constant fight within you against that sin your struggling with.
Christ isn’t going to do all the heavy lifting for you, there has to be an effort on your part! Until one day the work is completed in that area of your heart and the desire for that sin is lessened or gone but until then you must give every effort and fight the sinful desire!
Ask yourself are you still fighting the sin or have you given into it? Remember what his word says Remain in me and you will bear fruit ( love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.)
Remain in Christ and allow him to finish the good work in you that he began.
Knowing that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
Grace is not a free pass to sin it’s a coat of armor we put on daily, it’s a tool belt we Equip ourselves with to answer Christ call of SERVANTHOOD and it’s only worn or equipped through SUBMISSION not to our sinful desires but to Christ alone!
And when we choose to deceive ourself into thinking we can embrace our sinful lifestyles and still remain in grace we are as Christ said like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. AKA HELL!
Matthew 10:38 NIV
Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me.
May the peace of Christ be with you and may you always look to him for guidance and receive this message with an open heart towards Him