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According to the American Worldview Inventory 2021, only 6% of American adults possess a biblical worldview. The majority  “substitute a patchwork of conflicting, often irreconcilable beliefs and values as they navigate life.”

This correlates with research conducted by The Barna Group. This market research firm specializes in studying the religious beliefs and behavior of Americans and the intersection of faith and culture. 

Barna’s research suggests that 88% of American adults embrace an impure, unrecognizable worldview. One that blends ideas from multiple perspectives. 

“Knowing a few Bible verses, attending church services, and praying won’t get the job done. Attending a Christian school that offers a chapel service and a Bible class won’t accomplish the task. Going to church services that feature sermons drawn from biblical content is not sufficient to build a biblical worldview. Parents expecting their children to follow the Ten Commandments is not enough for developing a full-scale biblical worldview. All of those are token efforts that have proven inadequate toward developing an integrated body of beliefs and behaviors that enable someone to think like Jesus so they can then live like Jesus.”American Worldview Inventory 2021 Release #01

According to the AWI202, the majority of individuals who call themselves Christians espouse unbiblical beliefs such as…

95% do not consider success in life to be described as consistent obedience to God.

92% do not believe that the wealth they have has been given to them by God to manage for His purposes.

91% do not believe that people are born into sin and need to be saved by Jesus Christ.

88% say they get their primary moral guidance from various sources other than the Bible.

87% do not believe that the ultimate purpose of human life is to know, love, and serve God with all of their heart, mind, strength and soul.

76% contend that good people earn a place in heaven through their good behavior.

75% do not believe that God is the basis of all truth.

74% believe in Karma.

73% say that having some type of religious faith is more important than which faith is embraced.

71% do not believe that the Bible is the true and reliable communication from God. American Worldview Inventory 2021 Release #02

The result?

The Christian Church in America is overflowing with individuals who are…

Building personal kingdoms, not Papa’s.

Seeking personal happiness, not Papa’s righteousness. 

Studying the bible, not for enlightenment and transformation but for divine confirmation of self-centered agendas. 

Dismissing biblical teachings that contradict personal paradigms or are categorized as teachings of the past— no longer relevant in today’s culture or are only for spiritual giants— those in ministry. 

What can be done to demolish these unrighteous paradigms?

A non-negotiable biblical worldview must be taught along with the expectation that as a Christian you are to process all information, experiences, relationships and opportunities through the filter of Papa’s moral absolutes. 

These basic moral absolutes include…

Papa is the all-powerful and all-knowing Creator of the universe, and He stills rules it today. 

The universe was not created spontaneously but at the command of Almighty God. Its very existence testifies to the awesomeness of its Creator. 

It was Papa’s words, “Let there be light” that created order from confusion— life from nothingness— light from darkness. Like in the beginning, it is His righteousness— truth that has the power today to create in His children new hearts. Hearts that heed His commandment. Repent— change your way of thinking and turn away from all your transgressions so that sin may not become a stumbling block to you. Cast away from you all your transgressions which you have committed against Me and make yourselves a new heart and a new spirit! For why should you die? Ezekiel 18:30-31

Scripture is accurate in all its teachings.

Paul perhaps knew better than anyone the innate power that resides in Scripture when Jesus is its cornerstone. The advice he gave to Timothy is advice all should heed.

Continue in the things that you have learned and of which you are convinced, holding tightly to the truths. Knowing from whom you learned them. How from childhood you have known the sacred writings (Hebrew Scriptures) which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. Surrendering your entire self to Him and having absolute confidence in His wisdom, power and goodness. 

All Scripture is God-breathed. Given by divine inspiration and is profitable for instruction— for conviction of sin— for correction of error and restoration to obedience— for training in righteousness. Learning to live in conformity to God’s will, both publicly and privately. Behaving honorably with personal integrity and moral courage so that the man of God may be complete and proficient, outfitted and thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:14-17

The devil is real, and his name is satan.

Don’t let anyone deceive you about this. When people do what is right. It shows that they are righteous, even as Christ is righteous. But when people keep on sinning. It shows that they belong to the devil who has been sinning since the beginning. But the Son of God came to destroy the works of the devil.

Those who have been born into God’s family do not make a practice of sinning because God’s life is in them. So they can’t keep on sinning because they are children of God. So now we can tell who are children of God, and who are children of the devil. Anyone who does not live righteously and does not love other believers does not belong to God. 1 John 3:7-10

So submit yourselves to the one true God and fight against the devil and his schemes. If you do, he will run away in failure. 

Come close to the one true God, and He will draw close to you. Wash your hands. You have dirtied them in sin. Cleanse your heart because your mind is split down the middle— your love for God on one side and selfish pursuits on the other.

Since the beginning, our loving Creator has been pursuing us, drawing us closer to Him. He invites us to move closer to Him so we can be fully His.

Now is the time to lament, to grieve and to cry. Dissolve your laughter into sobbing and exchange your joy for depression. Lay yourself bare, facedown to the ground in humility before the Lord. He will lift your head so you can stand tall. James 4:7-10

Salvation is a gift from Papa that can’t be earned. 

Jesus is the Son of God and is the only path to Papa. It’s Jesus where Papa and mere mortal become one. Jesus, the Son of God and the son of man, is Papa’s one and only redemption plan. 

We have cause to celebrate because the grace of God has appeared, offering the gift of salvation to all people. Grace arrives with its own instruction. Run away from anything that leads us away from God. Abandon the lusts and passions of this world. Live life now in this age with awareness and self-control, doing the right thing and keeping yourselves holy.

Watch for His return. Expect the blessed hope we all will share when our great God and Savior, Jesus the Anointed, appears again. He gave His body for our sakes and will not only break us free from the chains of wickedness, but He will also prepare a community uncorrupted by the world that He would call His own. People who are passionate about doing the right thing.Titus 2:11-14

For far too long Christians’ expectations regarding their ability to resist sin and live a holy life has been too low. This has been reinforced by many teachers of the Gospel. Instead of challenging believers to live a sinless life, many have taught that all will continue to sin this side of heaven. 

Jesus had to battle the desires of His flesh so He could obey Papa’s precepts and commandments. Papa didn’t shelter Jesus from sin. Instead He provided His grace— His power to resist sin. 

If Jesus could be holy and undefiled, so can Christians. Because the Spirit of the living God who lived in Jesus lives in repentant believers.

Christians have a responsibility to share their faith in Christ with others.

So many today are hopeless and discouraged. Their public persona is one of happiness and contentment, but in reality their souls are dying a slow, agonizing death. I was once counted among the terminal. If it had not been for individuals telling me how Jesus had changed their lives, I would still be in the darkness, alone and afraid.

For many, witnessing— evangelizing is intimidating. Something only spiritual giants can do successfully— another lie of the devil. It’s not eloquent words, a seminary degree or a title that makes your witness powerful. It’s your heart. A heart that is sold out, totally surrendered to Jesus. A heart compassionately extending Papa’s love in word or deed to the lost, the hurting, those imprisoned by sin.

Christians today would be wise to imitate Paul, the master evangelist. 

Pray, and keep praying. Be alert and thankful when you pray. While you are at it, add us to your prayers. Pray that God would open doors and windows and minds and eyes and hearts for the word. So we can go on telling the mystery of the Anointed. For this is exactly why I am currently imprisoned. Pray that I will proclaim this message clearly and fearlessly as I should.

Be wise when you engage with those outside the faith community. Make the most of every moment and every encounter. When you speak the word, speak it gracefully as if seasoned with salt. So you will know how to respond to everyone rightly. Colossians 4:2-6

Beloved, if your love for Jesus has waned or never been, don’t despair. Much can be learned from the seven churches in the book of Revelation— both the good and the bad. In the process discovering the exquisite love that is Jesus. 

Biologically, humans are wired to work hard and to be rewarded for their efforts. Known as the “reward molecule.” Dopamine is released each time you achieve a goal. Flooding your mind and body with the euphoric feeling of satisfaction.

Want an inexhaustible reserve of dopamine? 

Change the way you think about struggle and perseverance. Both are doorways to success and pleasure, not drudgery and pain.

Perseverance is discussed repeatedly in the book of Revelation. Time and time again, Christ reminds us that if we will persevere… overcome… conquer, there are promises awaiting us here on earth and in eternity. 

What are some of these promises?

Blessed are those who wash their robes in the blood of Christ by believing and trusting in Him. The righteous who do His commandments so that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter by the gates into the city. Revelation 22:14

Knowing we would choose to disobey Him— to sin. Papa created us nonetheless with free will because He had a foolproof plan to redeem us. A redemption plan predicated on obedience. 

Papa does not remove His gaze from the righteous. But He seats them forever with enthroned kings, and they are exalted. If people are bound with chains and trapped by the cords of affliction, God tells them what they have done, and how arrogantly they have transgressed. He opens their ears to correction and insists they repent from iniquity.

If they serve Him obediently, they will end their days in prosperity and their years in happiness. But if they do not obey, they will cross the river of death and die without knowledge. Job 36:7-12

Papa isn’t indifferent to sin, especially His children’s! Holiness isn’t a suggestion. It’s a requirement, and only Almighty God defines what is acceptable… righteous… holy.

Don’t be afraid of what you are about to suffer. The devil will throw some of you into prison to test you. You will suffer for ten days. But if you remain faithful even when facing death, I will give you the crown of life. Revelation 2:10

Papa’s merciful and gracious salvation plan offers each of us a second chance. Die to sin and begin your eternal existence with Him today. An existence that reaches its zenith when we receive our resurrected bodies.

Beloved, our physical bodies cannot inherit the Kingdom of God. These dying bodies cannot inherit what will last forever.

But let me reveal to you a wonderful secret. We will not all die, but we will all be transformed! It will happen in a moment, in the blink of an eye, when the last trumpet is blown. When the trumpet sounds those who have died will be raised to live forever, and we who are living will also be transformed. For our dying bodies must be transformed into bodies that will never die. Our mortal bodies must be transformed into immortal bodies.

Then when our dying bodies have been transformed into bodies that will never die. This Scripture will be fulfilled: “Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting? 1 Corinthians 15:50-55

To everyone who is victorious I will give some of the manna that has been hidden away in heaven. I will give to each one a white stone, and on the stone will be engraved a new name that no one understands except the one who receives it. Revelation 2:17

Jesus Christ is your manna. Nourishing both your spirit and soul.

Since you have heard about Jesus and have learned the truth that comes from Him, throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life which is corrupted by lust and deception. Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Put on your new nature. Created to be like God— truly righteous and holy.

So stop telling lies. Let us tell our neighbors the truth, for we are all parts of the same body. Don’t sin by letting anger control you. Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, for anger gives a foothold to the devil.

If you are a thief, quit stealing. Instead, use your hands for good hard work, and then give generously to others in need. Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful. So that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.

Do not bring sorrow to God’s Holy Spirit by the way you live. Remember, He has identified you as His own. Guaranteeing that you will be saved on the day of redemption.

Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. Ephesians 4:20-31

What if the name written on your white stone is a reflection of your new heart? 

A liar who is now transparent and authentic. 

A thief who is now a philanthropist. 

A slanderer who is now an exhorter. 

Yes, a new name awaits all who are willing to receive Papa’s Manna— Jesus into their hearts and live a holy life 24-7.

He who overcomes the world through believing that Jesus is the Son of God. I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God. He will most certainly never be put out of it, and I will write on him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God— the new Jerusalem. Which descends out of heaven from My God and My own new name. Revelation 3:12

A pillar is a structural unit that uses compression— a pushing force to distribute the weight of the structure above it to the other structural components. As a disciple of Christ, you are to be a load bearing pillar in the Kingdom of God. Supporting Kingdom precepts and resisting the forces of evil so that perseverance and resolve in the midst of trials and tribulation prevail. 

Want to be an indestructible pillar?

Your actions must complement your words and vice versa. 

You can’t squander your time. You must be intentional with it. 

Generosity must be a character trait, not an event in your life.

If Papa asks you to serve someone, you must obediently serve even if you are inconvenienced or receive no praise or recognition.

Papa’s purposes, not yours, must be at the center of your financial planning.

You must make decisions that reject the wisdom of man when it opposes a biblical worldview.

Perseverance is fundamental to achievement and success. Without it nothing of greatness is ever achieved. By renewing your mind— changing the way you think and aligning yourself with Christ’s truth. You too can become a perseverance giant.

Immaturity is why many who call themselves Christian look no different today than when they initially made a confession of faith in Jesus. Not understanding that it is your heart, not your circumstances that is the battlefield in this war for your soul.

Unfortunately, many Christians’ hearts are more like a black hole than a well guarded fortress. Whatever tickles their fancy, whether righteous or unrighteous, is allowed entrance. Believing they are powerless to control their thought lives, the devil’s lies become their reality. Yes, these Christians may think they truly love Jesus.

BUT

If satan controls their minds, he is the god of their world.

Today more than ever Christians must heed this admonishment of Paul. 

I have a lot more to say about this, but it may be hard for you to follow since you’ve become dull in your understanding. By this time, you ought to be teachers yourselves. Yet I feel like you want me to reteach you the most basic things that God wants you to know. It’s almost like you’re a baby again, coddled at your mother’s breast, nursing, not ready for solid food. 

No one who lives on milk alone can know the ins and outs of what it means to be righteous and pursue justice. That’s because he is only a baby. But solid food is for those who have come of age. For those who have learned through practice to distinguish good from evil. Hebrews 5:11-14

To distinguish good from evil one can’t compromise. Total surrender to Papa’s righteousness— His rules of engagement on this side of eternity is mandatory. You must believe the word of the Lord is right. All His work is done in faithfulness. He loves righteousness and justice. Psalm 33:4-5

So get rid of all uncleanness and all that remains of wickedness. With a humble spirit receive the word of God which is implanted, actually rooted in your heart.Which is able to save your souls. Prove yourselves doers of the word, actively and continually obeying God’s precepts. Not merely listeners who hear the word but fail to internalize its meaning. Deluding yourselves by unsound reasoning contrary to the truth. 

For if anyone only listens to the word without obeying it, he is like a man who looks very carefully at his natural face in a mirror. For once he has looked at himself and gone away, he immediately forgets what he looked like. But he who looks carefully into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and faithfully abides by it. Not having become a careless listener who forgets, but an active doer who obeys. He will be blessed and favored by God in what he does in his life of obedience. James 1:21-25

You must learn to recognized sin— evil and say no to it. Something that is becoming increasingly difficult because the world whitewashes, ignores, confines to children’s fairy tales or redefines the concept of evil. The belief in and devotion to absolute truth is unilaterally rejected. Thanks to humanistic philosophies and political correct doctrines, good and evil are continually redefined.

Personal intentions no longer are considered the source of one’s actions, good or bad. Genetics, cultural expectations, environmental factors have replaced free will as the watchdog of human behavior.

When Papa created man. He gave man not only the ability but also His permission to make choices— free will. This ability to choose a course of action from among various alternatives is what separates man from all creation.

You have a choice. You can either obey Papa— the Father of righteousness and life or satan— the father of sin and death.

BUT 

If you think you can overcome evil singlehandedly without Papa’s grace and wisdom, welcome to a life of defeat.

Amazing Grace is a song that touches the very marrow of your soul. Frequently played at funerals and times of great suffering and sorrow. It showcases Papa’s loving kindness, mercy and compassion for His children. Ministering to our pain and offering us hope.

If you desire Papa to be the center of all things, you will need His grace.

Why?

Your flesh and spirit are at war with one another. The innate selfishness of your mind and body will gravitate towards sin unless you allow Papa to infuse you with His grace and wisdom.

You must raise the white flag of surrender!

You learn the art of surrender in the place called solitude— separation from the world. Willingly posting the Please Disturb sign on your heart. Inviting Papa into every facet of your life. 

As you draw nearer to Papa, your spiritual insight increases. His majesty, divine power and truth move from the realm of the theoretical to the concrete. 

Submitting to Papa’s will is an act of spiritual maturity and intelligence.

Unfortunately, many fail to hear Papa’s voice because of their lifestyles. Believing the lie that solitude is something to be avoided, pitied or condemned. 

They fill their environments with noise because the quiet makes them uneasy. 

They settle for relationships devoid of affection and respect because it is preferable to being alone. 

They treat illnesses with medication instead of rest. 

BUT

Nothing satisfies the hunger in their souls. A hunger that is only satiated when they surrender to Papa’s plan for their lives. 

It’s time to raise the white flag and surrender to the One who promises freedom, not imprisonment. Freedom to… 

Worship Him in spirit and truth. 

Open the previously locked doors of the Kingdom. 

Pursue your Kingdom destiny. 

Live a life of abundance. 

Reign here on earth and in the heavens. 

F—R—E—E—D—O—M

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