The Venus flytrap was first discovered in a small area of sandy wetlands not far from our home in North Carolina. These plants are fascinating to watch because they’re carnivorous.
Venus flytraps release a sweet-smelling nectar into colorful traps that resemble open flowers. When an insect crawls inside, triggering sensors along the outer rim, the trap clamps shut in less than a second—capturing its victim. The trap then closes further and emits enzymes that consume its prey over time, giving the plant nutrients not provided by the sandy soil.
God’s Word tells of another trap that can capture unexpectedly. The apostle Paul warned his protégé Timothy: “Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction.” And “some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs” (1 Timothy 6:9-10).
Money and material things may promise happiness, but when they take first place in our lives, we walk on dangerous ground. We avoid this trap by living with thankful, humble hearts focused on God’s goodness to us through Jesus: “godliness with contentment is great gain” (v. 6).
The temporary things of this world never satisfy like God can. True, lasting contentment is found only through our relationship with Him.
By James Banks
REFLECT & PRAY
Loving Lord, You are the greatest blessing of my life! Help me to live contentedly with all that You are today.
Which do you think more about—money or your relationship with God? How can you give Him the highest priority today?
Matthew 6:19-21 New International Version (NIV)
Treasures in Heaven
19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
CROWNS IN HEAVEN – REWARD FOR THE FAITHFUL
The Bible speaks of the rewards of faithful Christians as their crowns, as may be seen in the following passages: And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible (I Corinthians 9:25). For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming? (I Thessalonians 2:19)
Five crowns mentioned in Scripture:
The Incorruptible Crown
Faithfulness in self-control
And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible. I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight 1, not as one that beateth the air: But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway (I Corinthians 9:25-27).
The Crown of Rejoicing
Faithfulness in Service
For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming (I Thessalonians 2:19).
. . . my joy and crown . . . (Philippians 4:1).
The only reward that approaches success.
The Crown of Righteousness
Faithfulness in Testimony
I have fought a good fight. I have finished my course. I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing (II Timothy 4:7,8).
Not fruit, but faithfulness.
The Crown of Glory
Faithfulness in Tending Those Entrusted to you
Feed the flock of God which is among you . . . Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being examples to the flock. And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away (I Peter 5:2-4).
Glory is an attribute of God.
The Crown of Life
Faithfulness in Temptation
Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him (James 1: 12).
The believer’s crowns will be given at Christ’s judgement seat (Bema). For we must all appear before the judgement seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad (II Corinthians 5:10).
The Bema Judgement
The purpose of the Bema judgement is not to determine whether a particular individual enters Heaven or not, for every man’s eternal destiny is already determined before he leaves this life. In addition, the purpose of the Bema judgement is not to punish believers for sins committed either before or after their salvation. The Scriptures are very clear that no child of God will have to answer for his sins after this life (see Psalm 103:10-12; Isaiah 38:17; Isaiah 44:22; Micah 7:19; Hebrews 8:12; 1 John 1:7).
The purpose of the Bema judgement is to determine whether or not a believer has been a faithful steward. Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful (I Corinthians 4:2). With the subject of stewardship in mind, all stewards (believers) will stand before their Lord and Master and be required to give an account of the way they have used their privileges and responsibilities (talents and abilities) from the moment of their conversion (THE KING IS COMING, H. L. Willmington, pp. 23-25).
The apostle Paul explains in his first epistle to the Corinthian church (I Corinthians 3:10-15) the glorious fact that at the moment of salvation a repenting sinner is firmly placed on the foundation of the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ Himself! Paul gives clear warning when he says:
“. . . But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon. For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.”
From this passage in I Corinthians, it is apparent that God classifies the works of believers into one of the following six areas:
There’s been much speculation about the kinds of work down here that will constitute gold and silver rewards up there.
But is seems more appropriate to note that the six objects can be readily placed into two categories:
Those indestructible and worthy objects which will survive and thrive in the judgement fires. These are the gold, silver, and precious stones.
Those destructible and worthless objects which will be totally consumed in the judgement fires. These are the wood, hay, and stubble (THE KING IS COMING, H. L. Willmington, pp. 26, 27).
A great deal of what is called Christian work may be only the energy of the flesh. The objects listed in I Corinthians 3 speak of the quality/motive of one’s service for Christ in this life. Those things not done for the glory of God will be burned up and thus not subject to rewards. Only that which is done for Christ will be rewarded at the judgement seat of Christ. God will test everything in the light of His own truth — “the consuming fire.”
If a man’s works remain undamaged by the judgement fire, he receives rewards (wages). Rewards are spoken of as crowns given in direct relationship to the quality/motive of our service unto Christ. Rewards are not salvation, but are those things which may be earned. If a man’s works are consumed in fire, he shall “suffer loss” but he himself shall be saved. It is important to notice that the man will not suffer loss of salvation, but the loss of rewards. The stress of the passage in I Corinthians 3:15 is upon service, not salvation
My God wants me to pass this message to all christians
Knowing the true nature of God
If you do not have blessings under God’s promises
It is because you do not know the fundamentals of getting blessings from God
My God will fulfill the desires of your heart
And He does not concern if you a King or a poor man
Whatever you entrust to God He will return a hundredfold
Everything is done under God’s timing
Least I get carried away it is my own works
God did not allow me to liquidate any assets or look for any job opportunities until the coast is clear
I am just S$10,000 away from achieving God’s works
Which I can easily resolve using my own resources
But I am waiting for God’s resources
The fulfillment of God’s promises
It is not my will but God’s will that prevails
Even if the entire world turn their backs on me
I do not care
Because I am not of the World.
Contributed by Oogle.
“2 Corinthians 2:11 Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.”
“Matthew 24:24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. 24:25 Behold, I have told you before. 24:26 Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not. 24:27 For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. 24:28 For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.”
“Revelation 1:7 Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.”
Soon there appears in the east a small black cloud, about half the size of a man’s hand. It is the cloud which surrounds the Saviour and which seems in the distance to be shrouded in darkness. The people of God know this to be the sign of the Son of man. In solemn silence they gaze upon it as it draws nearer the earth, becoming lighter and more glorious, until it is a great white cloud, its base a glory like consuming fire, and above it the rainbow of the covenant. Jesus rides forth as a mighty conqueror. Not now a “Man of Sorrows,” to drink the bitter cup of shame and woe, He comes, victor in heaven and earth, to judge the living and the dead. “Faithful and True,” “in righteousness He doth judge and make war.” And “the armies which were in heaven” (Revelation 19:11, 14) follow Him. With anthems of celestial melody the holy angels, a vast, unnumbered throng, attend Him on His way. The firmament seems filled with radiant forms—“ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands.” No human pen can portray the scene; no mortal mind is adequate to conceive its splendor. “His glory covered the heavens, and the earth was full of His praise. And His brightness was as the light.” Habakkuk 3:3, 4. As the living cloud comes still nearer, every eye beholds the Prince of life. No crown of thorns now mars that sacred head; but a diadem of glory rests on His holy brow. His countenance outshines the dazzling brightness of the noonday sun. “And He hath on His vesture and on His thigh a name written, King of kings, and Lord of lords.” Revelation 19:16. The Great Controversy 640.3
Dear Friends, Please Be Reminded That… Satan Really Hates God…
And His Purpose Is To Deceive, Destroy And Kill ( John 8:44 )
He’s Father Of All Lies…
You Can Only Find The Truth By Reading The Bible Yourself And Praying Earnestly.
Know The Truth And It Shall Set You Free.(John 8:32 )
Buy The Truth And Sell It Not (Proverbs 23:23)
DECEPTIONS ABOUT THE SECOND COMING OF JESUS
It Is Preached On Many Pulpits That There Will Be A Secret Rapture And A Seven Years Tribulation…..Which Has No Biblical Basis.
It’s All Deceptions….To Confuse People And Let Them Stay In Their Sins Without Repentance Thinking There Will Be Another 7 Years For Changing…
What A Deception!!! Please Beware And Seek Jesus Truth Alone.
Accept Nothing Which Is Not From The Bible…
There Will Be No Rapture…. Why?
People Always Misquote Matthew 24:41 And Luke 17:34-36 And Say That There Will Be A Rapture.
Explanation To Matthew 24:41 and Luke 17:34-36
Matthew 24:41:”Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left.”
This Means: In The Bible “Woman” Stands For A Church.
And Church Also Represents “You” ( 1 Corinthians 6:19 -20 )
Church Also Represents A Group Of People in One Organization As We Know Of.
Now We Will Use Church To Substitute Woman
And There Is Only Two Types Of Church In The Bible.
Revelation 12 Talks About The True Church(Woman)
And Revelation 17 Talks About The False Mother Church With Her Children.
What Do We Grind At The Mill?
And In The Bible Seeds Stands For The Word Of God.(Matthew Chapter 13:4-9)
Grinding The Seeds Means : Working With The Word Of God…
Grinding The Seeds At The Mill Also Means: Working With The Word Of God To People….
So Now We Know Woman To Be Church, Seeds To Be The Word Of God…
Therefore Two Woman Grinding At The Mill Means:
True Church And False Church Will Be Spreading The Word Of God…
And One Will Be Saved When Jesus Comes In Glory And Great Noise
And One Will Be Lost Because She(Woman=Church ) Was Spreading False
Messages And Lies….That’s The Explanation.
And Luke 17:34-36 Also Means:
“I tell you, in that night there shall be two men in one bed; the one shall be taken, and the other shall be left. Two women shall be grinding together; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Two men shall be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left”
Two Men In One Bed Explanation
We Sleep In Bed…( This Is Not A Literal Sleeping, It Is Symbolic )
Sleep In the Bible Means: Death.
And The Bed Means: The Earth Or The Ground.
So Now Let’s Substitute Bed For The Ground And Sleep For Death.
There Are Only Two Types Of People Dead ( Good And Evil )
So Two Men= Two Types Of People: One Righteous And One Unrighteous
Two Men In Bed Means: All The Righteous Dead And All The Unrighteous Dead.
So The Righteous People Will Be Saved When Jesus Comes With Great Noise And Glory.
And The Unrighteous People Will Be Risen After The 1000 Years For Their Damnation.
That’s The Explanation.
And Two Men In The Field means…
Field= Our World…
Two men= True Preacher And False Preacher
And The Truth Preacher Will Be Saved When Jesus Comes With Great Noise And Glory..
It’s Not About Rapture At All!!!
That’s The Explanation…It Doesn’t Talk About Any Rapture At All!!!
Please Don’t Be Deceived…Jesus Loves You And Want To Save You…Love The Truth And Hate Lies…. Jesus Is Coming Soon!!! Be Prepared….
WHY THERE WON’T BE ANY SECRET THING
THE COMING OF JESUS WILL BE VERY AUDIBLE AND GLORIOUS
“Revelation 6:12 And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood; 6:13 And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind. 6:14 And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places. 6:15 And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; 6:16 And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: 6:17 For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?”
“Matthew 24:29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: 24:30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. 24:31 And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.”
“2 Peter 3:10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. 3:11 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, 3:12 Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?”
“1 Thessalonians 4:15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. 4:16 FOR THE LORD HIMSELF SHALL DESCEND FROM HEAVEN WITH A SHOUT(You See, No Secret Thing But Great Noise And Glory), WITH THE VOICE OF THE ARCHANGEL, AND WITH THE TRUMP OF GOD: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 4:17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.”
BEHOLD! EVERY EYE SHALL SEE JESUS COMING ( Revelation 1:7 )
“Revelation 1:7 BEHOLD, HE COMETH WITH CLOUDS; AND EVERY EYE SHALL SEE HIM, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen. 1:8 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.”
The Coming Of Jesus Won’t Be A Secret Thing…There Will Be “GREAT NOISE”
( Revelation 1:7, 2 Peter 3:10 , 1 Thessalonians 4:16 )
Now That You Know The Truth…Don’t Still Love The False Teachings Of Men
But Rather Love The True Teachings Of Your Bible…
No Secret Rapture. Every Eye Shall See The Coming King.
“Titus 2:13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; 2:14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.”
Jesus Is Coming Soon!!! Be Prepared.
MARANATHA… EVEN SO LORD COME( REVELATION 22:20 )
Everything in the Old Economy will be fixed, No more crime, drugs, terrorism, everything will be totally eradicated, poverty will be eradicated with the introduction of the Universal Basic Income, resources will be maximised, we will have a whole new internet that will be secure and unhackable, man will land on Mars and later change the environment to populate Mars, the UN will no longer be filled by the corrupt, there will be reforms and change everywhere, all governments have already anticipated what is coming, there will be self driving flying cars and taxis, people will also built houses in the sea.
Welcome to the Perfect Economy, the Economy of Abundance, where there will not be any tribution or wars, 1000 years of peace and prosperity to be ruled by our Lord Jesus, what is the truth? The Age of Grace has deferred God’s judgement but He will be the most High Judge when He comes back, and everyone is accountable.
Contributed by Oogle.
PS : There is only 1 way the world will face destruction, if they do not destroy it’s arsernal of nuclear weapons, I have already changed the future, into the Age of Grace where I shoulder the burden of the entire world. My friends, we do not need to lift a finger on those who continue to do evil, for God and his Angels will defend us and His judgement is immediate.