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commonsensepictureprofile     question marks and binary code    COINCIDENCE 9

Welcome and thanks for reading.  Last week we read that the apostles and only a few other people were chosen
to die for their faith.  To be martyrs.

This is evident in 1 Corinthians 4:9  For it seems to me that God has put us APOSTLES on display at the end of
the procession, LIKE MEN CONDEMNED TO DIE.

With this said, 2 Timothy 3:12 says  “In fact, EVERYONE who wants to live a Godly life in Christ Jesus will be
PERSECUTED.”

This scripture is telling us that everyone who professes the name of Jesus will be persecuted.  I believe persecu-
tion in this scripture refers to verbal persecution, slander, oppression, treated with injustice, friends leaving you,
etc.  IT DOES NOT MEAN ALL BELIEVERS WILL BE PHYSICALLY HARMED OR KILLED.

As we read in Ephesians 6:11-12 and proverbs 1:33, if you put on the full armor of God and continually listen to
the Holy Spirit you will live in safety and without fear of harm.

CONCLUSION OF COINCIDENCE 1-9:   Based on scripture, there are such things as coincidence and random
accidents among Christians.  THINGS DO HAPPEN BY CHANCE.

Also, things (good and bad) do happen to us for a reason.  SOME THINGS ARE NOT BY CHANCE.  The devil and
his fallen angels are scheming to do bad things to people.  Their purpose is to kill, steal, and destroy.  On the
other hand, God and his Angels are doing good things and reaching people for his goodness, his love and eternal
life.  There is literally a spiritual war going on.

All Christians will suffer persecution in the form of slander, oppression, loosing friends, etc.  This will happen just
by professing the name of Jesus.  THOSE CHRISTIANS THAT TAKE THEIR RELATIONSHIP TO AN ADVANCED
LEVEL, PUTTING ON THE FULL ARMOR OF GOD AND CONTINUALLY LISTEN TO THE HOLY SPIRIT WILL NOT BE
PERSECUTED TO THE POINT OF PHYSICAL HARM OR DEATH.

The exception is the APOSTLES AND SOME PROPHETS.  THEY WERE CHOSEN OUT OF THIS WORLD AND SET
APART TO BE PERSECUTED TO THE POINT OF DEATH FOR THEIR FAITH.  THEY WERE CALLED TO BE MARTYRS.

Next week, we will begin reading about the Trinity.

Thank you so much for reading.  God bless.

Jeff

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         COINCIDENCE 8

Thanks for reading.  We have read that God can protect those who wear the full armor of God and those who
continually listen to the Holy Spirit.

So, what about the apostles and prophets like Mathew, Mark, John and Paul, etc.  They wore the full armor of
God and continually listened to the Holy Spirit.  Why were they persecuted and killed?

John 15:19  As it is, you do not belong to this world, but I HAVE CHOSEN YOU OUT OF THIS WORLD.  This is
why the world hates you…  If they persecute me (Jesus), THEY WILL PERSECUTE YOU (DISIPLES) ALSO.  If
they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also.  THEY WILL TREAT YOU THIS WAY BECAUSE OF MY NAME
for they do not know the one (GOD) who sent me.

In this verse, JESUS IS SPECIFICALLY TALKING TO HIS TWELVE DISCIPLES.  He is telling them that they will be
hated just like he was.  As we read in Mission 7 and 8, there are only a few people (apostles/prophets) through-
out history that God choose for a specific task.  THERE ARE ALSO ONLY A FEW PEOPLE  THROUGHOUT HISTORY
THAT GOD CHOOSE TO DIE FOR THEIR FAITH.  ONLY A FEW WERE CALLED TO BE MARTYRS.

The disciples were the closest followers of Jesus.  They preached and teached and healed as Jesus did.  As Jesus
was a threat, the Apostles were also a threat to the religious leaders (Pharisees) and the religious belief system.

Thessalonians tells us that most Christians are not called to be martyrs but should live a quite life.

1 Thessalonians 4:11  Make it your ambition to lead a quite life, to mind your own business and work with your
hands.

For risk of being too lengthy, I’ve decided to go one more week on this subject.  Next week, I will conclude the
subject of Coincidence before starting the Trinity.

Thanks so much for reading.  God bless.

Jeff

         COINCIDENCE 7

In Coincidence 1-6 we read that there are such things as random accidence.  We also read that good things
happen to people that come from God and bad things happen that come from Satan.  We read that if you put
on the FULL ARMOR OF GOD (righteousness, faith, salvation, the word of God and prayer) as well as CONTINUAL-
LY LISTENING to the Holy Spirit there is protection from Satan and those who do evil.

Now let’s look at Christians that get cancer or other diseases and die at a young age.  Why aren’t they protected?
Many diseases are genetic.  We are born with them or a disposition toward them.  Such genetic diseases are part
of the curse of living in a fallen world since the time of Adam and Eve.

Romans 5:12  Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man (Adam), and death through sin, and in
this way death came to all men, BECAUSE ALL SINNED-

1 Kings 8:46  for THERE IS NO ONE WHO DOES NOT SIN.

Although sin brought spiritual death, SIN ALSO EFFECTS PHYSICAL HEALTH.  Sin is doing wrong according to
God.  He knows what is good for a person and going against him brings spiritual death as well as physical harm.

Let’s look at some examples.  If a pregnant woman uses drugs, it often damages the health and genetics of the
baby.  As that baby grows, he/she may have physical disease by no fault of their own.

Another person may give into the sin of Gluttony and eat too much.  This person becomes overweight and
developes diabetes or heart disease.  If this person has a child, the genetic disposition to diabetes or heart
disease is much higher.  Gluttony has been a sin that has occurred since biblical times.

A final example, a person may sin in the area of greed and build houses on known toxic land.  Those that live
in the houses may acquire diseases that effect them as well as family members for generations to come.  Often,
when the genome is damaged it is passed on to the offspring as a damaged genome forever.

God can heal physical disease but for specific reasons he may or may not.  The reasons will be read about when
we study “physical healing.”

A final note, God may counsel a person on how to eat healthy, plenty of fruits and vegetables and less fatty foods
and preservatives.  He may also counsel you to exercise moderately and get plenty of sleep.  These things can
prevent many diseases like heart disease, diabetes and cancer.  In Daniel 1:12  Daniel was granted permission
by the King to give his servants nothing but vegetables and water for 10 days.  After 10 days they looked health-
ier than any of the young men eating the royal food.

Next week we will conclude our study on coincidence before we begin our study of the Trinity.

Thank you so much for reading.  God bless.

Jeff

         COINCIDENCE 6

Last week we read that believers who put on the FULL ARMOR OF GOD and believers who LISTEN TO THE LORD
will be protected from the devil, his fallen angels and those that do evil.

As we stated last week, many Christians go to church, do good things and even pray to God but they don’t
listen to his voice (Holy Spirit).  They don’t hear his warnings or his instructions to remain safe.

God does not want believers to be more concerned about watering the lawn, or washing the car, or buying a
house, or getting a job, or caring for a family over their relationship with him.  These things aren’t in and of
themselves bad, but God wants your relationship with him to be first.  Those that put God first will hear from him
concerning their lawn, their car, their house, their job, and their family.  THEY WILL HEAR FROM GOD CONCERN-
ING EVERY AREA OF THEIR LIVES, INCLUDING GOD’S WARNING AND PROTECTION WHEN HARM IS ON IT’S
WAY.

God wants a Christian to take their relationship with him to a DEEPER LEVEL, an advanced level, where you don’t
just pray to him but you continually listen to his voice (Holy Spirit).  When you increase your sensitivity to God’s
voice you can hear his warnings and instructions on how to remain safe.

Here are a few examples of how God may warn a Christian or give instructions to a Christian to remain safe.  A
Christian may witness to prostitutes on a regular basis.  If the Christian is listening to God, he/she may be warned
not to go to the streets on a particular night.  There may be an unknown danger that night.  God may give a
person signs to watch their diet so that physical disease (heart disease, diabetes, etc.) doesn’t come their way.
God may give a Christian general guidelines like staying out of the downtown areas after dark.  God may tell you
to live a quiet life and not be confrontational.

Next week we will look at another example.  We will also look at people that get diseases like Cancer,
Multiple Sclerosis, etc.  The following week, we will look at why the desciples of Christ were martyred if protec-
tion is guaranteed.  After a conclusion, we will begin our study of the Trinity.

Thank you so much for reading.  I hope your relationship with God is growing to a deeper level.  God bless.

Jeff

         COINCIDENCE 5

Last week we read that believers are protected from the devil, his fallen angels and those that do evil.  If this is
true, why do some Christians die in plane crashes, some are murdered, some are harmed in war, etc?

I think the answer is not whether a person is a Christian but whether one is WEARING THE FULL ARMOR OF GOD
and if one truly loves and LISTENS TO THE LORD.  A person may believe in God and Jesus and receive salvation
from the Holy Spirit but that doesn’t mean they are WEARING THE ARMOR OF GOD and CONTINUALLY LISTENING
to the Holy Spirit.

First, let’s read about THE ARMOR OF God.

Ephesians 6:14-18  Stand firm then, with the belt of TRUTH buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of
RIGHTEOUSNESS in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of PEACE.  In
addition to all this, take up the shield of FAITH, with which YOU CAN EXTINGUISH ALL THE FLAMING ARROWS
OF THE EVIL ONE.  Take the helmet of SALVATION and the sword of the Spirit, which is THE WORD OF GOD.
AND PRAY IN THE SPIRIT ON ALL OCCASIONS WITH ALL KINDS OF PRAYERS AND REQUESTS.  With this in mind,
BE ALERT and always keep on praying for all the saints.

Knowing and having God’s TRUTH, his RIGHTEOUSNESS, PEACE, FAITH, SALVATION, his WORD and PRAYING
ON ALL OCCASIONS will help you stand firm against the temptations and darts that come from the devil and his
fallen angels.

Secondly, let’s read about LISTENING TO GOD.

Proverbs 1:33  BUT WHOEVER LISTENS TO ME WILL LIVE IN SAFETY AND BE AT EASE, without fear of harm.

It is not enough to just be a Christian, but a Christian that loves and CONTINUALLY LISTENS to God.  Many
christians go to church, do good things and even pray to God but they don’t listen for his voice (Holy Spirit’s).
They don’t hear his warnings or his instructions to remain safe.

Next week we will expand on God’s protection and give some examples.

Thank you so much for reading.  God bless.

Jeff

         COINCIDENCE 4

In Coincidence 1-3 we read that there are such things as coincidence and random accidents.  Also, there are bad
things that happen to people as a result of the devil and his fallen angels as well as good things that happen to
people as a result of God and his angels.

So, is there any protection from the devil, his fallen angels and those doing evil things?

Psalms 12:7  O Lord, you will keep us safe and protect us from such people (the wicked) forever.

Psalms 121:7  The Lord will keep you from all harm- he will watch over your life.

Proverbs 1:33  but whoever LISTENS TO ME will live in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm.

Proverbs 2:8  He guards the coarse of the just and protects the way of the faithful ones.

Proverbs 12:21  No harm befalls the righteous but the wicked have their fill of trouble.

1 John 5:18  We know that anyone born of God does not continue to sin;  the one who was born of God keeps
him safe, and the evil one cannot harm him.

John 14:30  My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one.

Ephesians 6:11-12  Put on the FULL ARMOR OF GOD so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers
of the dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realm.

The above scriptures seem to suggest that believers are protected from the devil, his fallen angels and those that
do evil.

If this was true, why do some Christians die young?  For example, some Christians die in plane crashes, some are
murdered, some are harmed in war, etc.  We will answer this question next week.

Thank you so much for reading.  God bless.

Jeff

         COINCIDENCE 3

Welcome and thanks for reading.  In Coincidence 1 we read that there are such things as coincidence and ran-
dom accidents.  In Coincidence 2 we read that although there are coincidences, there are also bad things that
happen to people as a result of the devil and his fallen angels.

Now, are there GOOD THINGS that happen to people for a reason?  Good things that happen to people that are
not coincidence or random accidents?

Psalms 34:8  TASTE AND SEE THAT THE LORD IS GOOD;  blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.

Psalms 100:5  FOR THE LORD IS GOOD and his love endures forever.

Psalms 103.4  who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, WHO SATISFIES
YOUR DESIRES WITH GOOD THINGS so your youth is renewed like an eagle.

John 10:10  The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy;  I HAVE COME THAT THEY MAY HAVE LIFE, AND
HAVE IT TO THE FULL.

James 1:16  Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers.  EVERY GOOD AND PERFECT GIFT IS FROM ABOVE, coming
down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.

We have just read that there are GOOD THINGS that come to people that are not coincidences or random acci-
dents.  God and his angels do deliver GOOD THINGS to people.  God and his angels are trying to give you life
through a relationship with God.  God and his angels are trying to turn you toward good and righteous ways.

As we have read in Coincidence 2 and 3, while the devil and his fallen angels are trying to influence people for
bad, God and his angels are trying to influence people for good and righteous ways.  There is literally a spiritual
war going on for your soul.

Next week, we will be reading about protection from the devil, his fallen angels and those doing evil things.

Thank you so much for reading.  God bless.

Jeff