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We All Need Encouragement – Trust In The Lord

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil. It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones. Honor the Lord with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase: So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine. – Proverbs 3:5-10. We all need encouragement at times. Walking by faith isn’t the easiest thing to do. “The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.” – Psalms 28:7.

Many years ago, I remember a camping trip to visit some “religious” sites within the U.S., prior to my knowledge of the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Yet, even at my early stages of seeking the Lord, I see how He was always my guiding Light. During moments of reflection and looking at my past, I continued to listen to a Casting Crowns song, Praise You In This Storm. Let’s orchestrate it to the WORD.

“I was sure by now
God, You would have reached down
And wiped our tears away
Stepped in and saved the day
And once again
I say, “A-men” and it’s still raining.”

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart. And I will be found of you, saith the LORD: and I will turn away your captivity, and I will gather you from all the nations, and from all the places whither I have driven you, saith the LORD; and I will bring you again into the place whence I caused you to be carried away captive. – Jeremiah 29:11-14.

“But as the thunder rolls
I barely hear Your whisper through the rain
“I’m with you”
And as Your mercy falls
I’ll raise my hands and praise the God who gives
And takes away.”

When the LORD turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream. Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing: then said they among the heathen, The LORD hath done great things for them. The LORD hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad. Turn again our captivity, O LORD, as the streams in the south. They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him. – Psalms 126.

“And I’ll praise You in this storm
And I will lift my hands
For You are who You are
No matter where I am
And every tear I’ve cried
You hold in Your hand
You never left my side
And though my heart is torn
I will praise You in this storm.”

I am sure that many of us can hear these next words in song, but let’s look at the source. “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth. He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber. Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. The LORD is thy keeper: the LORD is thy shade upon thy right hand. The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night. The LORD shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul. The LORD shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.” – Psalms 121.

I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make her boast in the LORD: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad. O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together. I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears. They looked unto him, and were lightened: and their faces were not ashamed. This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles. The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them. O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him. O fear the LORD, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him. The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the LORD shall not want any good thing. – Psalms 34:1-10.

“A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels.” – Proverbs 1:5. Will you sing with me, as, in the beginning?

Jonathan Heller – Lift Up A Banner

The End Is Here – Behold The Day, It Is Come

Thus saith the Lord GOD; An evil, an only evil, behold, is come. An end is come, the end is come: it watcheth for thee; behold, it is come. The morning is come unto thee, O thou that dwellest in the land: the time is come, the day of trouble is near, and not the sounding again of the mountains. Now will I shortly pour out my fury upon thee, and accomplish mine anger upon thee: and I will judge thee according to thy ways, and will recompense thee for all thine abominations. – Ezekiel 7:5-8. Now would be a good time to understand why the end is here. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.

In the Eternal and the Everlasting there is GOD. He is the Word. He is the Beginning and He is the End. All things that exist and have life come from Him and were created by Him and for Him. There was a time preceding this one. There was a first estate. We were all angels once. During the everlasting, we all knew this. And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he has bound in bodies of flesh and bone, asleep, waiting to be woken up, waiting to be risen from the dead. We were all cast out of Heaven. Some of us went willingly. Some of us for chastisement, rebuke, and correction. The LORD knows those who are His. One thing rings true to us all. We gave ourselves over to fornication, going after strange flesh, and something that was contrary to what we all had been taught, and what we once were. Now, we are in danger of suffering the vengeance of eternal fire. What is it that you think we all could have done that would equate an eternity of everlasting punishment? One sin that was committed thousands of years ago by only two people?

As these filthy dreamers now defile the flesh, fornicating, and walking after their own ungodly lusts, they speak evil of Dominion, despising the LORD God, despising mastery, self-restraint, abstinence, reverent honor, praise, and worship. These speak evil of what they don’t know and can’t understand, because they walk naturally, as brute beasts, after the course of this world, born to be taken and destroyed, speaking evil of the things that they don’t understand; and shall utterly perish in their own corruption. Everything in this world was created to be contrary to the Spirit. They that walk after the flesh cannot please GOD. This world was created to give glory to another, the god of this world, Satan. Lucifer is the anointed Cherub that covereth and the LORD God set him so. As we rebelled against the Most High, bowing ourselves down to another in honor, praise, and worship, we covered with a covering but not of GOD’s Spirit; that we may add sin to sin. We have all come down into Egypt, and have not asked at the mouth of the LORD. Now, the strength of Pharaoh is our shame, and the shadow of Egypt, our confusion.

We will not know, neither will we understand, that we walk on in darkness, and the entire Earth is fallen in decay. We are all angels, all of us are children of the Most High, but we fell like one of the princes which had rule, and will all now die like men. When I thought to know this… It was too painful for me; Until I went into the sanctuary of GOD; then I understood their end. Surely, You set us in slippery places: You cast us down into destruction. How are we brought into desolation, as in a moment! We are utterly consumed with terrors. As a dream when one awakes; So, O Lord, when one finally wakes up from the dead, they will despise their image. Thus, my own heart was grieved, and I was pricked in my reins. So foolish was I, and ignorant: I was as a beast before You… Now would be a good time to read the following post, The Gospel Of Repentance.

How do I know that the end is here? Because, that is what the Bible says. And, that is what I know to be true. As you consider all that you have read in disbelief, doubt, and potential anger, I want you to consider this one thing. Ponder all that you have just read within this post. It is directly out of the Bible and within the pages of this website. We will not have eternal life by the bread you are being fed by your teachers, or the crumbs that fall from the Master’s table. We Live by every Word that proceeds out of the mouth of the LORD God.

The End Is Come – Behold The Day, Behold, It Is Come – They Shall Cast Their Silver In The Streets – The Fear Of The LORD The Movie. The Beginning Of Wisdom.

Fundamentally, it all boils down to this. We all got kicked out of Heaven, chose the devil as our father. We learn who we are and what we did. We wake up from the dead. Then we turn from ourselves. From all of our passions and previous desires, letting go of the old man, and putting on the new. Our common salvation is to abstain from sex. The fruit of the tree in the midst of the Garden was sex. How else would you know that you were naked?

Narrow Is The Way Which Leads Unto Life – The Way, The Truth, The Life – The Key Of David

For more info, see the last post, This Is The Day That The Lord Has Made. Which adds to the previous video. If you have made it this far in the post, let me show you some more. Cain and Abel were twins. Cain was the “angels” son. Abel was Adam’s. We are all bought with a price, the precious blood of Jesus Christ. I will begin with the Targum (Pseudo) Jonathan. The “Targum (Pseudo) Jonathan is a western Targum (interpretation) of the Torah (Pentateuch) from the land of Israel (as opposed to the eastern Babylonian Targum Onkelos).” – Wikipedia. Basically, it’s a translation of the ancient Hebrew that predates our KJV Bible. We will then compare it to what the Bible says.

So, we see that Cain and Abel were twins. She continued to do a thing, add to, or augment her birthing process. As there is quite a bit in this post that needs to be chewed on and digested, I will leave it here. We all were told in the first estate not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, or touch it, lest we die. Jesus came to free us from the curse so that we would no longer be subject to an eternity of fire and brimstone. 100% Belief, Biblical abstinence, letting go of the old man, our flesh, and keeping our lamps filled with oil are required for our eternal salvation. “And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.” “Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.”

Jonathan Heller – Lift Up A Banner

This Is The Day That The Lord Has Made

Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed? For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him. – Isaiah 53:1-2. I would like for you to take a moment and consider what is in italics. Read it over a couple of times. Now, consider this. “Foxes have holes, birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.” – Luke 9:58.

The Bible tells us, “Arise O’ sleeper, wake up from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.” Would you truly like to wake up from the dead? How about having your sight restored? Would you like to “hear” the Word when you read it? Would you like to lie down in green pastures and drink from the fountains of Living Waters? Well, today is that day. This is the day that the LORD has made. “For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.” – 2 Corinthians 6:2.

This is the day that your sight is restored. This is the day that your new life begins. “And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us. And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them. Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk. And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength. And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God. And all the people saw him walking and praising God.” – Acts 3:4-9. Now, let us begin… Silver and Gold I have not brothers and sisters, but what I do have, I give unto you, “In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.” This is the day that the LORD has made. I will rejoice and be glad in it.

Narrow Is The Way Which Leads Unto Life – The Way, The Truth, The Life – The Key Of David

I will praise thee: for thou hast heard me, and art become my salvation. The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner. This is the LORD’S doing; it is marvelous in our eyes. This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. Save now, I beseech thee, O LORD: O LORD, I beseech thee, send now prosperity. Blessed be he that cometh in the name of the LORD: we have blessed you out of the house of the LORD. God is the LORD, which hath shewed us light: bind the sacrifice with cords, even unto the horns of the altar. – Psalms 118:21-27.

Now, consider the following for further reading, The Gospel Of Repentance. He hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him. – Isaiah 51:2. “But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.” – Philippians 3:7-11.

Jonathan Heller – Lift Up A Banner

The Will of God

What Is The Will Of God?

What is the will of God? We are told by Jesus that we should love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, and mind. And, to love our neighbor as ourselves. In order for us to understand these words better, we will be looking at the Book of Revelation and the Angel of the Church of Philadelphia. Before doing so, let us watch a very brief two minute video. I am beside you in spirit, watching it with you.

In Revelation chapter 3 it says, “And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth;  I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.” – Revelation 3:7-8. So, what is the will of God? Let us now look deeper at a few of the words using the Strong’s Concordance and a program called e-Sword. We will be looking at the original languages, the root words, and the definitions. The first word that we will look at is Philadelphia and the meaning behind it.

The word Philadelphia means, fond of the brethren, that is, fraternal: – to love AS brethren. We are told by the Messiah to love our neighbor even as ourselves. The word fraternal means, of, or like a brother. In simple English, we should be loving everyone like they are our brother. Yes, that also includes our spouse. We will get into that a little later. First, let us look at the meaning of the word David. As it will add even more to our understanding. The meaning of David is, loving, as a brother, (well-) beloved, as a father’s brother. Let us now look at it using e-Sword.

Let us now build upon this revelation of knowing a deeper meaning behind loving our neighbors as ourselves, and consider once again, what is the will of God? Previous posts on this website have covered Biblical Abstinence. If you have yet to read the free eBook, Jesus, Abstinence, and The Bible, do so now by clicking on the link. Sanctification of the Spirit, and the Gift of the Holy Ghost come by understanding this principle, fully committing to believing it, KNOWING who we all are and what we all did, and by understanding Biblical Repentance.

A good place to lead you in a beginning of understanding the foundational principles of the Gospel would be, The Gospel Of Jesus Christ. It is an in depth Bible Study, which starts with who we all are, what we all did, and builds it’s way up from there. Each lesson builds briefly upon the previous one, leading us in our understanding of not only the Truth, but also the Way, and the Life.

In 1 Thessalonians 4, we are told this by Paul, “For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication.” Here is a post which dives deeper in to this understanding, This Is Your Sanctification – Even The Will Of GOD. Romans 12:2 tells us, “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” Ephesians 5:17 says, “Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.”

The Bible tells us that we are washed by the water of the Word. A good post to look at now would be, The Baptism Of The Holy Ghost. If you don’t know the Bible, and are being fed by pastors and teachers that are only showing you parts of verses, or a verse here or there, you are being fed with bread. Jesus said, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God. Let’s now tie some of this together with a short video on the Church of Philadelphia.

The Church Of Philadelphia – Love AS Brethren – Love Thy Neighbor As Thyself

As our own knowledge and understanding grows, the old man begins to lose grip within us. At least, it should. If, we are reaching forth unto those things which are before. I did a recent video on the parable of the sower and will tie to it again from Mark chapter 4. We will specifically be looking at the seed that is sown amongst the thorns. The seed that is amongst the thorns are those who “hear” the Word, and the cares of this world with it’s distractions, uselessness, and the lusts of all the other things this world has to offer, prevent us from bearing any fruit. Let us look at the meaning behind a few of these words now.

As we have seen, the things that are in this world prevent us from pushing forward, prevent us from following the Lord with our whole heart. “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!” – Matthew 6:21-23.

Where is your heart brothers and sisters? Is one leg in the world, and one leg out? The last few posts have been on becoming a soldier for Jesus Christ, and through love, serving one another. It would be a good refresher to look at the last post, Be A Good Soldier Of Christ. Because it ties into the next part of the Angel of the Church in Philadelphia. It tells us, “I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.” We will look at a couple of the meanings now.

This understanding has been covered in detail throughout this website with posts such as, About My Fathers Business, Fit For The Kingdom Of Heaven, and Through Love Serve One Another, as well as others. In the last mentioned post, it begins with, “For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but through love serve one another. For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another. This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.” – Galatians 5:13-16.

Are you one who “hears” the Word? Are you one who knows the truth? Are you sharing what you know to be true with others? Are you using your own unique set of gifts and talents to further the Kingdom of our Father in Heaven? “For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.” – Romans 8:5-8. “And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment; That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ. Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.” – Philippians 1:9-11.” We will now look deeper at these verses in e-Sword.

As we are washing off the old man and putting on the new, after our sanctification of the Spirit, the fruit that we bear should be, “as plucked.” Meaning, for others to eat from, and for others to see. That my brothers and sisters is what Peter means when he leads into this, “And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins. Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall: For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”

I will finally tie into the next portion of the Angel of the Church of Philadelphia, with the following, “and (thou) hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.” Let us look at it deeper.

It is not just knowing who we are and what we did. It is not just knowing about abstinence. It is not just coming to terms with those truths. It is also about letting go of the man that we once were in the flesh, becoming more like the Father, walking as He walked, and most importantly, doing as He did. “And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.” – Luke 22:31-32. We all as Peter, being built up as living “stones,” a temple for the Lord God to occupy, once we are converted and are able to “hear” what the Spirit says unto us, are all tasked with strengthening the brethren.

Please take the time to digest fully all that you have seen and heard hear today. Our sins take care of themselves as we draw closer to the Father. As our desires line up more perfectly with His, the things that we used to do, put simply, we don’t want to do anymore. Don’t wait for tomorrow. Don’t wait for next week. Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation. None of us are sure what tomorrow brings. Don’t let those in your immediate vicinity take away that which is ever “before” you. What is the will of God? To love the Lord God with all our heart, mind, and strength. And, to love our neighbors as ourselves. Now, I hope you have a better understanding of what this means. I pray that the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace, will shine bright within your hearts, as you become a light unto this very dark and evil world.

Jonathan Heller – Lift Up A Banner

Be A Good Soldier Of Christ

Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier. And if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully. The husbandman that laboureth must be first partaker of the fruits. – 2 Timothy 2:3-6.

What does it mean to be a good soldier of Jesus Christ? My hope is that by the time you are done reading the post, watching the videos, and revisiting previous lessons, you may gain a better understanding of what we are all called to do once we have gained an understanding of the Way, the Truth, and the Life. We will begin with a portion of the story of David and Goliath. We will look at a humble shepherd boy with no fear of man, no fear of death, and no fear of his enemy. Why? Because the LORD is on his side. And, if the LORD is truly for you, you have nothing to fear.

And David said to Saul, Let no man’s heart fail because of him; thy servant will go and fight with this Philistine.
And Saul said to David, Thou art not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him: for thou art but a youth, and he a man of war from his youth.
And David said unto Saul, Thy servant kept his father’s sheep, and there came a lion, and a bear, and took a lamb out of the flock:
And I went out after him, and smote him, and delivered it out of his mouth: and when he arose against me, I caught him by his beard, and smote him, and slew him.
Thy servant slew both the lion and the bear: and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be as one of them, seeing he hath defied the armies of the living God.
David said moreover, The LORD that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine. And Saul said unto David, Go, and the LORD be with thee.
And Saul armed David with his armour, and he put an helmet of brass upon his head; also he armed him with a coat of mail.
And David girded his sword upon his armour, and he assayed to go; for he had not proved it. And David said unto Saul, I cannot go with these; for I have not proved them. And David put them off him.
And he took his staff in his hand, and chose him five smooth stones out of the brook, and put them in a shepherd’s bag which he had, even in a scrip; and his sling was in his hand: and he drew near to the Philistine.
And the Philistine came on and drew near unto David; and the man that bare the shield went before him.
And when the Philistine looked about, and saw David, he disdained him: for he was but a youth, and ruddy, and of a fair countenance.
And the Philistine said unto David, Am I a dog, that thou comest to me with staves? And the Philistine cursed David by his gods.
And the Philistine said to David, Come to me, and I will give thy flesh unto the fowls of the air, and to the beasts of the field.
Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied.
This day will the LORD deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcases of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel.
And all this assembly shall know that the LORD saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the LORD’s, and he will give you into our hands.
And it came to pass, when the Philistine arose, and came and drew nigh to meet David, that David hasted, and ran toward the army to meet the Philistine.
And David put his hand in his bag, and took thence a stone, and slang it, and smote the Philistine in his forehead, that the stone sunk into his forehead; and he fell upon his face to the earth.
So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and with a stone, and smote the Philistine, and slew him; but there was no sword in the hand of David.
Therefore David ran, and stood upon the Philistine, and took his sword, and drew it out of the sheath thereof, and slew him, and cut off his head therewith. And when the Philistines saw their champion was dead, they fled.
And the men of Israel and of Judah arose, and shouted, and pursued the Philistines, until thou come to the valley, and to the gates of Ekron. And the wounded of the Philistines fell down by the way to Shaaraim, even unto Gath, and unto Ekron.
And the children of Israel returned from chasing after the Philistines, and they spoiled their tents.
And David took the head of the Philistine, and brought it to Jerusalem; but he put his armor in his tent.

In a previous post, Fit For The Kingdom Of Heaven, we looked at following Jesus as His disciple, and more specifically, to do as He did. Once we have gained a deeper understanding of what we all did, who we all are, and sanctification of the Spirit, we should no longer have a fear of death. To be a good soldier of Jesus Christ, means to follow after our Father with complete trust and faith in Him. As we begin to follow by His example in sharing the Good News of the Gospel, the struggles that we have in the flesh begin to take care of themselves.

Once you have fully understood the deeper meaning behind the words of Jesus when he says, “Ye are of your father the devil and the lusts of your father ye will do,” we learn of a parable of Jesus. I will expand further on this. “And he said unto another, Follow me. But he said, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father. Jesus said unto him, Let the dead bury their dead: but go thou and preach the kingdom of God.” What Jesus is telling us, is that by pushing forward by sharing His message, our “father” the devil, begins to lose his grip within our flesh. As we see the lives of the early Apostles before they had received His Spirit, they were still teaching and sharing what they knew. For my brothers and sisters who “See” and “Hear” the LORD, there is never a better time than right now to push forward. A good lesson to look at next would be, Feed My Sheep.

If you feel as if you are unworthy to serve the LORD, you are not. If you feel as if you can’t share His Love with others because of how deep your personal pain is, or because your sins are great, you don’t need to feel that way. I personally began sharing the WORD the very first moment I knew something to be true. As I continue, taking up my cross daily, my flesh takes care of itself, and the things that I used to do, I no longer do anymore. With each passing moment, day, or period of time, something else I struggled with, no longer affects me. The “dead” will bury the “dead.” If… we follow after and reach forth unto the things which are before. If we are stalling out, we are in danger of losing even what we have. The LORD is ever patient and merciful to us, but the time is drawing extremely short. Let us now look at a short video.

Be A Good Soldier For Christ

Jesus tells us in John 7, “My time is not yet come: but your time is always ready. The world cannot hate you; but me it hateth, because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil.” To add to this is, we can look at, Your Time Is Always Ready. I pray that you are taking the time to click through the links, and watch what is contained therein. If you are stalling out for another reason such as friends, family, loved ones, a spouse, etc., we are told this by the Messiah, “And another also said, Lord, I will follow thee; but let me first go bid them farewell, which are at home at my house. And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the Kingdom of God.”

Below is a playlist that I put together for my friends who are still holding on to this world, with one foot in and one foot out. Remember what we are told, “they that are in the flesh, cannot please God.” It is time to let go. It is time to forsake everything, and if need be, according to the Word, even everyone. “If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.”

“We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain. (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.) Giving no offence in any thing, that the ministry be not blamed: But in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses.” There truly is no better time then now to become A Good Soldier Of Jesus Christ. I earnestly pray that we all figure this out.

Jonathan Heller – Lift Up A Banner

Through Love Serve One Another

For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but through love serve one another. For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another. This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. – Galatians 5:13-16.

Many years ago as a child, my friend and I were climbing up a cliff with a very narrow ledge. He got frightened due to the height and dangerous situation he had gotten himself into. I tried going for help, screaming for anyone to come and save him, but nobody came. As I proceeded to move myself around him to unclench his frozen hands from the mountain that lay before him, and guide him the rest of the way, he was finally free to move upward.

I, on the other hand, lost my balance and began falling. Lay below me were jagged rocks, huge boulders, and certain death. As the sure moment of death was ever behind me, abruptly I stopped, eyes looking upward. As if something the size of a large hand had grabbed my back with force, I looked puzzled at why I continued not to descend downwards. I saw only a small sapling, with roots deep, grounded in Love. From that day forward, I knew, without a shadow of a doubt, the LORD would always have my back, if I laid down my life for others.

With my own walk with the Lord, I have had many experiences and personal moments of reflection. “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” – Galatians 2:21. As we move past the principles of the Gospel and move onto perfection, we learn more about our service to the Lord, and how through His love, we are to serve one another. Below is a playlist that in total is about two and a half hours (more already added). A foundation is laid, we go through the Parable of the Poor Widow, the Parable of the Sower, and many other teachings of the Messiah. I pray that you take the time to watch, to listen, and to hear what is being said. By clicking on the “Watch on YouTube” banner, it will open the video in another window and allow for full screen viewing.

Perfecting The Saints – Through Love Serve One Another

“I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, Always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy, For your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now; Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.” – Philippians 1:3-6. “And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment; That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ. Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.” – Philippians 1:9-11. This I say then, walk in the Spirit and you won’t fulfil the desires of the flesh.

The struggles that each of us face are common to man. With each temptation that comes, God will give us a way to escape it, as well as the ability to bear it. And as Paul so eloquently put it, “flee from idolatry.” “They that are in the flesh cannot please God.” If you are struggling with letting go or certain things, know that you are not alone. “For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness; Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light.” – Colossians 1:9-12. Your brother in Christ,

Jonathan Heller – Lift Up A Banner

Put Off The Old Man

Let us all learn how to put on the new man as we put off the old. In Ephesians 4 Paul tells us, “That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.” – Ephesians 4:22-24.

“I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.” – Ephesians 4:1-6.

If this is your first visit to this website, I recommend beginning with The Gospel Of Repentance. Each teaching, lesson, and experience is intended to build up your spiritual house for a habitation for the Spirit of all Life to dwell in. In order to make things anew, we need to better understand what we are letting go of. After we have gained an understanding of who we all are, and what we all did, we can then move forward and follow after the Lord and walk in His ways. “That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ.” – Ephesians 4:14-15.

“This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart: Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.” – Ephesians 4:17-19. Let us now add to this with the following lesson, Sanctification of the Spirit. After exploring these Biblical truths, we are gaining a deeper understanding of how to put off the old man and put on the new man. Now, explore the following video with me and keep Paul’s teaching to the Galatians in mind. “This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.”

I pray that the Word of All Truth shall take root in good soil and not amongst the stony ground, or amidst the thorns. Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, putting all of your faith in the LORD God, the Author and Finisher of your faith. Coming next will be a teaching on the Parable of the Sower, where we will dive deep into the layers of understanding within Matthew 13. The parameters are clear and each verse sheds light on our own walk of faith with Jesus Christ. As said before, explore all that this website has to offer. Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. I hope that by exploring, you will not only know the Truth, but also the Way, and the Life. And as I began, practice daily letting go of the flesh, letting go of self, and putting off the old man, to put on the new.

Jonathan Heller – Lift Up A Banner

The Tendency Of Modern Christianity

For in much wisdom is much grief: and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow. – Ecclesiastes 1:18

As I sit here staring at a computer screen and a blinking cursor trying to figure out how to convey the following message, I understand the vanity of man explained within the pages of Ecclesiastes. Honestly speaking, it is painful knowing some of the depths within the Word of God. In a world such as we live in today, all Christians are taught pretty much the same thing. Believe in any Jesus Christ and all is forgiven. Do you even know what you are forgiven for? Jesus said, “you shall know the truth, and the Truth shall make you free.” Pilate said to Jesus, “what is truth?”

Do you know the truth? Do you know what you have been made free from? Is to be made free, something that takes time as the clay to the Potter’s wheel? Do you know why we are all facing an eternal torment of punishment in fire and brimstone where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth? I thought we are created in the image of God. If we are created in the image of God, why do we need to be redeemed. Why did the LORD God have to take an unimaginable punishment to pay the price for us?

“There is an evil which I have seen under the sun, and it is common among men” – Ecclesiastes 6:1.

Were you aware that there is a god of this world? Did you know that Jesus said that we are of our father the devil? Did you know that the Bible says, “they that are in the flesh cannot please God?” We are told that Jesus is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature. I will put this in perspective for you. There is a reason that we need to be born again. Jesus doesn’t lie. “And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not.” The devil truly is our father here. “In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.” So if Jesus is the image of God, what does that make all of us? “Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.”

“Sorrow is better than laughter: for by the sadness of the countenance the heart is made better. The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning; but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth.” – Ecclesiastes 7:3-4.

“And he said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world.” “I speak that which I have seen with my Father: and ye do that which ye have seen with your father.” “Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience.” Jesus said unto them, “Ye do the deeds of your father. Then said they to him, We be not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God.” This is the reason that we need to be born again. Jesus is the firstborn of the “new” creation.

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised.” “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound.” “Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do… And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not.” We are all blind. We are all captives. We are all in prison.

“I applied mine heart to know, and to search, and to seek out wisdom, and the reason of things, and to know the wickedness of folly, even of foolishness and madness: And I find more bitter than death the woman, whose heart is snares and nets, and her hands as bands: whoso pleaseth God shall escape from her; but the sinner shall be taken by her.” – Ecclesiastes 7:25-26.

Please read the last post and watch the video. “I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul.” Jesus said unto Peter, “Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men. Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.”

Make Thy Face To Shine Upon Thy Servant

“Worship Him that made Heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.”

“There was a little city, and few men within it; and there came a great king against it, and besieged it, and built great bulwarks against it: Now there was found in it a poor wise man, and he by his wisdom delivered the city; yet no man remembered that same poor man. Then said I, Wisdom is better than strength: nevertheless the poor man’s wisdom is despised, and his words are not heard. The words of wise men are heard in quiet more than the cry of him that ruleth among fools. Wisdom is better than weapons of war: but one sinner destroyeth much good.” – Ecclesiastes 9:14-18.

In my own walk of faith, I have wept. I have wept bitterly. I think a part of me is still weeping, continually, yearning to be back with the Father. The Author and Finisher of my faith. The Beginning and the End. The First and the Last. All of us were there in the Beginning. Very few of us will be there at the End. And that bitter truth causes me to weep even more. “Forget those things which are behind and reach froth unto those things which are before.” “That which hath been is now; and that which is to be hath already been; and God requireth that which is past.” – Ecclesiastes 3:15.

“And moreover, because the preacher was wise, he still taught the people knowledge; yea, he gave good heed, and sought out, and set in order many proverbs. The preacher sought to find out acceptable words: and that which was written was upright, even words of truth. The words of the wise are as goads, and as nails fastened by the masters of assemblies, which are given from one Shepherd. And further, by these, my son, be admonished: of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh. Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.” – Ecclesiastes 12:9-14. Give ALL Glory to the LORD God alone…

Jonathan Heller – Lift Up A Banner

Make Thy Face To Shine Upon Thy Servant

Thus speaketh the Lord of hosts, saying, This people say, The time is not come, the time that the Lord’s house should be built. Then came the word of the Lord by Haggai the prophet, saying,  Is it time for you, O ye, to dwell in your ceiled houses, and this house lie waste? Now therefore thus saith the Lord of hosts; Consider your ways. Ye have sown much, and bring in little; ye eat, but ye have not enough; ye drink, but ye are not filled with drink; ye clothe you, but there is none warm; and he that earneth wages earneth wages to put it into a bag with holes.

Thus saith the Lord of hosts; Consider your ways. Go up to the mountain, and bring wood, and build the house; and I will take pleasure in it, and I will be glorified, saith the Lord. Ye looked for much, and, lo it came to little; and when ye brought it home, I did blow upon it. Why? saith the Lord of hosts. Because of mine house that is waste, and ye run every man unto his own house. – Haggai 1:1-9.

Father, For Thy Names Sake, O’ Lord – In You I Put My Trust

“Fear God, and give glory to Him; for the hour of His judgment is come: and worship Him that made Heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.” – Revelation 14:7.

Jonathan Heller – Lift Up A Banner

The Folly Of Idolatry

For all those who have found their way to this post and this website, explore all that is herein. All that I know to be true about the One True GOD is here for you to see and hear. I pray that you all may find your way back to the Father and that you may find your way Home. If you understand being a stranger and a pilgrim on the Earth, then you should know, that means that we aren’t from here and we don’t belong here.

Here is only a beginning, as well as the end.

“And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Zion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads. And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps: And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth. These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb.”

Jonathan Heller – Lift Up A Banner