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Date:2018-01-16 19:33
Subject:Abide by the law, and love.
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Love fulfils the law, and by fulfil, I mean love encompasses the law- not that the law is fulfilled as in over and done.

The moral law will never be completed warranting its dismissal. The moral law is love, it stems from the love we have towards God and others. To do away with the moral law is to do away with love. People may contest this and say they get along just fine without any law at all, but honestly they are getting along because they are living the law without recognizing what they are doing. They believe in treating others with kindness and that is love, it is what the law demands of us. What they may not being doing is proclaiming Christ as their Savior and that is their prerogative, as is it for all of us. Salvation can only be found in Christ, this is truth. People can live their whole lives being decent, loving people and choose not to be Christ's, there is no harm in this save the loss of eternal life. Eternal life is not forced on any one at all.

Truthfully, we do the law when we love each other.

Rom 13:8  Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law. 
Rom 13:9  For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 
Rom 13:10  Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.

Love will NOT commit hatefulness towards others.

Abide by the law, and LOVE.

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Date:2018-01-15 22:33
Subject:Loving Our Enemies.
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Rom 12:18  If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. 
Rom 12:19  Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. 
Rom 12:20  Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. 
Rom 12:21  Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good. 

We are not to exact vengeance when we are wronged. Our enemies, those who do not like us, those who possibly want to hurt us, those who abuse us physically, mentally, emotionally, cyberly, or offline- we are NOT supposed to get revenge for any wrong they do to us. In fact we are to FEED them if they are hungry. We are to give them something to DRINK if they are thirsty. We are to do to them what is right, what we would do to them if they were not our enemies- this is what Christ would have us do.

We can't worry about whether or not someone pays for the hurt they cause us. We can't worry about our getting taken advantage of. We have to live for CHRIST and He would have us leave any vengeance to Him.

Truly we can either be overcome by evil- which we are when we react in ways of evil, or we can overcome evil with good. It's much harder in the world we are living in to overcome evil with good, than to use evil against evil. May God help us to be used of Him, to be His , to seek to follow His will - not our own. Truly we are to love our enemies.

Mat_5:44  But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you

The words of our SAVIOR.

So how much more are we to love those we -- love. Seriously. We fight with our loved ones don't we? Yet, if we are to love our enemies by- blessing them, praying for them, feeding them and giving them drink- how much more are we to truly give of ourselves to our loved ones. They say you hurt the ones you love and unfortunately that seems to be true all too often. May we give to those we love so much more than we do. And if our loved ones are our enemies, let us love them all the more as God wills.

All in His name, the precious name of the Son of God, Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior NOW and forever!

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Date:2018-01-14 23:01
Subject:No Evil For Evil.
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Rom 12:13  Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality. 
Rom 12:14  Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not. 
Rom 12:15  Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep. 
Rom 12:16  Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits. 
Rom 12:17  Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men

We are to help others as we are able to help them meet their needs. We are to bless those who persecute us….bless and NOT curse them.

Yes, we read that right, BLESS THOSE WHO PERSECUTE US, DON'T CURSE THEM.

That's not our first reaction though is it? Our knee-jerk response isn't a blessing, but it should be, shouldn't it? Not too long ago I reacted very badly to someone I perceived had slighted me, and I regretted it shortly afterwards- but not before I behaved badly enough to be ashamed of my reaction. It tears me apart when I act out, lashing out because I'm hurt by something someone does, or says to me. I know I'm NOT supposed to react that way. And right about now some of you may be thinking- but you're only human, it's normal. That's Satan talking to me too saying the same things. Satan wants us to believe that our knee jerk reactions are normal and acceptable. Sure going on to ask for forgiveness is all well and good, but if we excuse our instant reactions because we can ask for forgiveness later, we are deceived. We need to seek to listen, and do that which we are instructed to do. We are told to BLESS those who persecute us. We aren't told to pick and choose who we bless and only bless those who are good to us. We are told to bless those who PERSECUTE US. No one likes to be persecuted. Being persecuted enflames us with all sorts of emotions- anger, sadness, hurt, despair, hatred, the need for revenge.

The word of God goes on to tell us not to recompense evil for evil, but again, our usual first reaction is to do so.

We need to pray and pray hard that we stop reacting as the world has taught us to react, but rather react according to the word of God.

Rom 12:13  Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality. 
Rom 12:14  Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not. 
Rom 12:15  Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep. 
Rom 12:16  Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits. 
Rom 12:17  Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men

Giving to others in need, blessing those who hurt us, not cursing them. Rejoicing with those who rejoice….

Again, there are a lot of people who are very quick to get upset with others who are rejoicing because they want to be the ones to rejoice. Too often people will pretend to be happy for others when inside they are crying out- 'Why not me?!' I'm not saying all people are like this, but again it's known and it's something people hide as they pretend to rejoice with others who are rejoicing. Why else would we be instructed to rejoice with those who are rejoicing?

We are to weep with those who weep… not ignore them and worry about our own pain, but commiserate with others. We need to feel the pain of others, share the pain. Help each other. We need to love each other, not put on any airs or think we are better than ANYONE else in any way. Too many people believe they are better than others in so many different ways. Yet even the worst of the worst person is still deserving of forgiveness, still caught up by Satan in an awful work. It's hard to fathom as the evildoers commit atrocities that sicken us to our very cores.
We can't be wise in our own conceits, we just can't, yet again… it is so easy to do so. We need to provide things honest to everyone, not pick and choose who deserves our honesty and who doesn't.

Please, Lord, there is SO much we need to learn from You. We need the Holy Spirit working in us, helping us to be Yours. Too often we excuse ourselves and our humanity, our sinful, fallen humanity, but we have to stop excusing ourselves and start seeking forgiveness as we admit our shortcomings, and seek to LISTEN and do as we are instructed. There is so much instruction in the Word of God, and no room for any excuses. Please, Lord, please empty us of all the evil that so easily resides in us, disguising itself as something good. All through JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD AND SAVIOR NOW AND FOREVER!!!!!!!

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Date:2018-01-13 23:03
Subject:On the Front Lines.
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Rom 12:10  Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another; 
Rom 12:11  Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; 
Rom 12:12  Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer

A Christ follower being given instruction….

Be kind to each other, as brothers who love each other.
Be honorable preferring to be with each other- other Christ followers.
Rejoice in hope.
Be patient in tribulation.
Be instant in prayer.

Kindness. Loving. Honorable. Rejoicing. Hopeful. Patient. Prayerful.

These are the very traits Satan will attack in us. You wonder why it's hard to be kind, loving, honorable, rejoicing, hopeful, patient and prayerful. We don't have to wonder.

In a war you go to the front lines and that mean you are where the most danger is taking place. You don't sit back in the war room making plans for others to execute- you are always supposed to be on the front lines in the worst danger. As a solider goes to the front line and expects to be attacked, we too have to expect to be attacked and expect it always! We can't let our guards down. There is no retreating from Spiritual warfare, not if you are in the battle to win. Sure, you can retreat, but retreating in the spiritual battle means being overcome by the enemy - it doesn't mean finding a safe place to recoup. We take our refuge with us on the front lines, our safe harbor is with us keeping us in the battle. As we are attacked on the front lines of this spirit battle we will be thrown into situations that will try us to the uttermost. Our ability to be kind to one another, to love others as if they were our brothers, to remain honorable, to rejoice in hope, to truly be patient no matter what, and praying through every attack, all of that will be tested. When we feel least kind, patient, rejoiceful, honorable, hopeful, prayer this is because the spiritual weapons being wielded against us are vile. While we suffer Satan will send a non-stop barrage of silent yet heard very loudly spiritually- God is doing this, God is allowing this to happen to you- God is to be blamed. Satan LOVES to use this litany of twisted truth. Didn't he use twisted truth with Jesus Himself as He was tempted in the wilderness? He took God's own words and threw them at Jesus to get Him to fall to the veiled temptations.

Mat 4:6  And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. 

Satan used God's words against Jesus! It is written, Satan said those words- IT IS WRITTEN. Who wrote it? God.

Psa 91:11  For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. 
Psa 91:12  They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone. 

SATAN used GOD'S WORDS! Yet coming from Satan they were twisted! So why don't we realize that Satan will twist God's word, that Satan will twist our lives as we seek to be Christ followers. Satan wants us to BLAME GOD to the point we turn from God as our enemy, so we look upon God as wanting us to suffer, desiring our tribulations. Satan would have us no longer rejoice, no longer pray, no longer be patient, no longer love our fellow man, he wants us to turn our focus INWARDS as our outward circumstances challenge us to the utmost! As our hearts are broken, our spirit under siege, as all around us disaster rains down, Satan wants us to get filled with anger, upset, and point it towards God. God would have us TRUST HIM, truly being PATIENT - remaining IN HIM- during our constant tribulations. Please LORD, please we would be YOURS!

As we fight this spiritual battle help us to be YOURS, wholly YOURS!

All through Your grace, Your love, Your mercy, now and forever, in JESUS CHRIST OUR SAVIOR!!!!!!!

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Date:2018-01-12 23:08
Subject:Evil and Good.
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Rom 12:9  Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. 

Love isn't false. We see false love all the time though, don't we? Love. Putting another's welfare, another's life before our own, protecting another, wanting only the best for someone else. Love isn't giving someone all they desire, but rather giving them all they need, as God would have us give them.

We read this verse the other day-

Mat 25:44  Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? 
Mat 25:45  Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me. 

This is love. Feeding the hungry, giving drink to the thirsty, befriending a stranger, clothing those in need of clothes, tending to the sick, visiting those imprisoned. Whenever we see a need such as these and turn a blind eye, truly our love is filled with falsehood.

We are also told to abhor that which is evil.

Dictionary definition- abhor- to regard with extreme repugnance or aversion; detest utterly; loathe; abominate.

Is this our reaction to evil?

e·vil
ˈēvəl/

adjective
1. 1.
profoundly immoral and malevolent.
"his evil deeds"
synonyms: wicked, bad, wrong, immoral, sinful, foul, vile, dishonorable, corrupt, iniquitous, depraved, reprobate, villainous, nefarious, vicious, malicious; More
noun
2. 1.
profound immorality, wickedness, and depravity, especially when regarded as a supernatural force.
"the world is stalked by relentless evil"
synonyms: wickedness, bad, badness, wrongdoing, sin, ill, immorality, vice, iniquity, degeneracy, corruption, depravity, villainy, nefariousness, malevolence; More

From <https://www.google.com/search?q=what+is+evil&oq=what+is+evil&aqs=chrome..69i57j0l5.5673j0j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=utf-8>

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Evil.

The first reference in the Bible to evil is this--

Gen_2:9  And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.

There was a tree of good and evil. Good and evil. We know people have done a horrific job of calling good - evil, and evil - good, so it's all but impossible to discern fully between the two. One man's evil is another's good and vice versa. A whole group of people who have turned evil into good so that seemingly all the world follows after that calling it good, will never make it good, not ever. Where is the standard we are to adhere to? It's with God, it's with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, it's with the Holy Spirit, and we find in the written word of God- the Bible only truth. Taking everything, the entire Bible in the context it's meant to be taken in, we will find only truth. Pick it apart and take things out of full context- historical and otherwise - then you will only find a book filled with conflict, filled with confusion, filled with contradiction and people will say that our standard for good is flawed. Those looking to be blind, will be allowed to be blind. Those looking for truth with pure sincerity will find truth, those looking for anything else will not comprehend truth.

We are told this….

Rom 12:9  … Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. 

Evil and good…. We are to ABHOR evil. Not pick and choose evils to like and evils to hate. Simply- abhor evil- all evil. If our personal temptations towards evil have us trying to make excuses for that evil so we can turn it into something acceptable to our conscience then we have to know that we are only putting on blinders, very dead blinders. If we do not hate the evil we are tempted towards but coddle it, coax it into something we actually believe is good, then we are lost. God help us not to call any evil in our lives good! Better to fall at the foot of the cross constantly as we recognize the evil we hate, than to pamper it until we no longer see its evil.

Help us to ABHOR evil, not accept it, please LORD. So many people today want us to accept evil just because we are supposed to tolerate everything as everyone's right to be anything, do anything that they desire- evil included. We can LOVE people without LOVING evil. I don't have to love someone's evil to love them, and I wouldn't expect anyone to love any evil in me! God help us. We truly live in the days when this is so true---Gen_6:5  And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

Please, Lord, please help us not to be among the wicked of the earth! Please, help us to be Yours in all we do- save us from ourselves, Lord, keep us from evil!

Help us, Lord to 'cleave to that which is good'. Help us grasp the 'good' You reveal to us and cling to it tightly, never letting it go. All in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, now and forever!!!!!!!

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Date:2018-01-11 23:08
Subject:Gifts.
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Rom 12:4  For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office: 
Rom 12:5  So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another. 
Rom 12:6  Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith; 
Rom 12:7  Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching; 
Rom 12:8  Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.

All members NOT having the same office. As Christians we do NOT all have the same gifts. Some seem to have amazing gifts that they use to the glory of God, while others scarcely seem to have any gifts at all and they struggle mightily. We tend to hold in high esteem those whose talents we can witness, but there are a lot of people whose talents are unseen. We are to use any gifts God gives to us as humble, meek, cheerful, simple, diligent, loving Christ followers.

If you don't have one of the gifts mentioned above that does not mean you do not have any gifts. We are ALL members of ONE body in Christ, all of us living for CHRIST.

The superstar preacher, or internationally famous singer, the best-selling author are all being used by God where He needs them to be used. The introverted prayer warrior who only prays in private, the praise giving person who is too shy to shout out, the quiet hard working man or woman - all of these are being used by God where He needs them to be used. It's NOT for us to judge another's gifts, we are to pray that our Lord and Savior reveals to us the gifts He wants us to have and use. We are to understand that the gifts don't have to be blatant, they can be the simplest gifts that exist. The important thing, the most important thing is that we use our gifts for our Lord and Savior!

All through HIS amazing LOVE!

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Date:2018-01-10 20:35
Subject:Think Soberly.
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Rom 12:3  For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith. 

Think soberly.

Tit 2:12  Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world

Live soberly.

1Th 5:6  Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.

Be sober.

1Th 5:8  But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation. 

1Pe 1:13  Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ

1Pe 4:7  But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer. 

1Pe 5:8  Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour

Sober
SO'BER, a. [L. sobrius.]
1. Temperate in the use of spiritous liquors; habitually temperate; as a sober man.
2. Not intoxicated or overpowered by spiritous liquors; not drunken.
3. Not mad or insane; not wild, visionary or heated with passion; having the regular exercise of cool dispassionate reason.
4. Regular; calm; not under the influence of passion; as sober judgment; a man in his sober senses.
5. Serious; solemn; grave; as the sober livery of autumn.

We are to live our lives in Christ, for Christ. We forget this so easily. We are prone to living for ourselves at any given moment. Is it any wonder that we are told more than once to live and to be sober. This isn't telling us to not drink- how can this simply be about drinking when we are told to think soberly. We are not to be overly impassioned in our day to day lives. Truly our judgment and senses are to be sober, regular, calm. If we are living soberly we aren't seeking to be over excited by life, we aren't seeking emotional highs, we are not using our feelings as a gauge for our lives. Feelings truly do fluctuate in our lives all the time. So much can cause us to feel emotional from one moment to the next. Illness can depress us, a change in seasons can upset us emotionally, the chemicals in our brains will alter due to hormones and such all the time making us feel things we might not feel were they all on an even keel. If we take hold of our feelings and let them guide us through our lives we are in for a very rocky existence.

We are told to live soberly- we need to recognize that no matter what our feelings are doing to us, no matter the emotional rollercoaster our life is based upon, we have to have our feet grounded on the Rock- on Christ Jesus our Lord and Savior.

If our lives around us is falling totally apart, and believe me this happens as you probably know very well, we must look to Christ as our strength, not to ourselves. We have to LEARN that we are not to rely upon ourselves, but on CHRIST, and CHRIST in us, our HOPE.

Col_1:27  To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory

Col_3:3  For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.

This is TRUTH!

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Date:2018-01-10 00:47
Subject:Why do we think too highly of ourselves?
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God help us. Far from crucifying our flesh we glory in it.

Gal_5:24  And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.

We do think highly of ourselves. We think so much of ourselves we can scarcely think of others - in truth.

Rom 12:3  For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith. 

Rom 11:20  Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear

Mic 6:8  He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God? 

2Co 12:7  And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. 
2Co 12:8  For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. 
2Co 12:9  And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 

1Pe 1:13  Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ

Eph 4:7  But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ. 

Eph 4:15  But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: 
Eph 4:16  From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love. 

A more in-depth study on this tomorrow. God forgive me my many short comings. Please Lord, please keep me in You! Please.

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Date:2018-01-08 22:51
Subject:Living Sacrifices.
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Rom 12:1  I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 
Rom 12:2  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. 

Our bodies are LIVING sacrifices. I know I've talked about this before but I can't help but come back around to it time and time again because there is a message here that I have to learn.

A sacrifice is the giving up of something. You can sacrifice your time- you're giving up your time- time you'd rather spend doing something other than what you are doing. You can sacrifice your money- give money away that you'd rather keep. You can sacrifice any of your possessions- give them up. When the Israelis of old were asked to bring sacrifices they brought animals. But no longer, no sacrificial animals were desired. However, if we present our bodies as LIVING sacrifices - this is what God desires. If we sacrifice our lives to God we are giving Him access to all of us, all our actions, all our everything. To do this we can't be conformed to this world and this world WANTS conformers.

You might think this world is filled with rebels and non-conformers but if you truly look closer at things even the rebels and non-conformers quickly desire conformers to THEIR views no longer allowing them to be non-conformers, but rather non-conformer conformers. If God is our conformer he does so by transforming us in our minds, renewing our minds and our minds are renewed in this way-

Joh 3:5  Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. 
Joh 3:6  That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 
Joh 3:7  Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. 

We need to be born of the Spirit. Our mind is renewed by the Holy Spirit.

Eph 2:4  But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, 
Eph 2:5  Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) 
Eph 2:6  And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: 
Eph 2:7  That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. 
Eph 2:8  For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 
Eph 2:9  Not of works, lest any man should boast. 
Eph 2:10  For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them

We are God's workmanship, we are CREATED in CHRIST JESUS unto good works. TRULY when any good comes from us it is by the grace of our LORD and SAVIOR.

We must present ourselves living sacrifices, willing to be alive to CHRIST and HIS will, not our own. We present ourselves to God alive for Him to use by the Holy Spirit. We die to self so we live for Him. How are we to live for Him? We need to do what the Holy Spirit leads us to do. We need to comprehend in the word of God, what He'd have us do. We aren’t stupid. We can say we don't know what to do, but in truth we do. We are told.

Remember this--

Mat 25:42  For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: 
Mat 25:43  I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not. 
Mat 25:44  Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? 
Mat 25:45  Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me. 

We KNOW what Christ would have us do. If we are waiting to get a hand written noted from God, a detailed list of instructions, then we will wait forever because GOD ALREADY GAVE US THE NOTE and the DETAILS! If we want our name at the top we are being stupid! Seriously, stupid! We need to wake up to the truth, the WORD of God and seek the truth. We need to pray for the Holy Spirit to guide us as we set out to do what we are led to do through the word of God.

May God help us- transform us. May we TRULY be LIVING SACRIFICES to GOD!

All through Jesus Christ our LORD and SAVIOR, now and forever!!!!!!!

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Date:2018-01-07 23:34
Subject:Goodness of God - We should not despise.
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The goodness of God leads us to repentance.
God forbears with us.
God is longsuffering towards us.

What do we do, we despise the riches of His goodness.

We beg for more. We plead for so much because we believe that so much will make us happy, make us satisfied, make us content. We claim we just want the bare minimum of necessities but when that is what we get we still despise the goodness of God, why? Because the goodness of God leads us to repentance, not to any creature comforts, not to even necessities for this life if they would lead us from God. As bizarre as it may seem, some people are stripped of everything so they can be given the one thing that means more than anything at all- Jesus Christ our Lord and His love and all that is entailed in His amazing, unfathomable love. Still, others are given so much because that is what it will take for them to be led to our Lord. We don't know what, we don't know why, we can only TRUST. We have to believe that God's wisdom which is past our finding out, is such that no matter our LOT in life, He will lead us in the way we need to go. Help us BELIEVE, LORD, help us believe!

Rom 11:33  O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out! 
Rom 11:34  For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor? 
Rom 11:35  Or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again? 
Rom 11:36  For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen. 

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Rom 2:4  Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance? 

Eph 3:16  That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man

Col 2:2  That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ; 
Col 2:3  In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. 
Col 2:4  And this I say, lest any man should beguile you with enticing words. 

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Date:2018-01-06 17:59
Subject:Loving Unrighteousness.
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Blinded to truth because-- we don't want truth. If you're reading this then the chances are you may be seeking the truth of our Lord and Savior and His salvation. However you may have just stumbled across this message and are reading it out of curiosity, with no thought for the truth of the matter. Truth is offered to all, but not all desire truth. Why wouldn't a person want the truth?

2Th 2:12  That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness. 

Having pleasure in unrighteousness.

Pleasure seekers, this is a term coined by society and accepted by society. Who doesn't want pleasure in their life? Isn't pleasure something we are taught to seek out. We are told to find pleasure where we can because life is hard. And the truth is, the majority of unrighteousness can be pleasurable. If truth interferes in the things we find pleasurable, the chances are we may turn from the truth so we can keep our pleasures.

Psa 11:5  The LORD trieth the righteous: but the wicked and him that LOVETH VIOLENCE his soul hateth. 

Psa 50:16  But unto the wicked God saith, What hast thou to do to declare my statutes, or that thou shouldest take my covenant in thy mouth? 
Psa 50:17  Seeing thou HATEST INSTRUCTION, and CASTEST MY WORD BEHIND THEE. 
Psa 50:18  When thou SAWEST A THIEF, then THOU CONSENTEDST WITH HIM, and hast been PARTAKERS WITH ADULTERERS. 
Psa 50:19  Thou givest thy MOUTH TO EVIL, and thy TONGUE FRAMETH DECEIT. 
Psa 50:20  Thou sittest and SPEAKEST AGAINST THY BROTHER; thou slanderest thine own mother's son. 
Psa 50:21  These things hast thou done, and I kept silence; thou thoughtest that I was altogether such an one as thyself: but I will reprove thee, and set them in order before thine eyes. 

Psa 52:3  Thou LOVEST EVIL MORE THAN GOOD AND LYING RATHER THAN TO SPEAK RIGHTEOUSNESS. Selah. 
Psa 52:4  Thou lovest all devouring words, O thou deceitful tongue. 

Joh 3:19  And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and MEN LOVED DARKNESS RATHER THAN LIGHT BECAUSE THEIR DEEDS WERE EVIL. 
Joh 3:20  For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. 
Joh 3:21  But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.

Rom 1:21  Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. 
Rom 1:22  Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, 
Rom 1:23  And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. 
Rom 1:24  Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: 
Rom 1:25  Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. 
Rom 1:26  For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: 
Rom 1:27  And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. 
Rom 1:28  And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; 
Rom 1:29  Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, 
Rom 1:30  Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 
Rom 1:31  Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: 
Rom 1:32  Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them. 

Rom 2:8  But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath

Rom 8:7  Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. 
Rom 8:8  So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. 

Rom 12:9  Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. 

2Pe 2:13  And shall receive the reward of unrighteousness, as they that count it pleasure to riot in the day time. Spots they are and blemishes, sporting themselves with their own deceivings while they feast with you; 
2Pe 2:14  Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling unstable souls: an heart they have exercised with covetous practices; cursed children: 
2Pe 2:15  Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness

3Jn 1:11  Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that doeth good is of God: but he that doeth evil hath not seen God. 

When we do not want truth, we need to ask ourselves why. When others do not want truth we can comprehend why, God tells us why.

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Rom 11:5  Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace. 
Rom 11:6  And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work. 
Rom 11:7  What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded 
Rom 11:8  (According as it is written, God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear;) unto this day. 
Rom 11:9  And David saith, Let their table be made a snare, and a trap, and a stumblingblock, and a recompence unto them: 
Rom 11:10  Let their eyes be darkened, that they may not see, and bow down their back alway. 

The rest were blinded. WE are allowed to remain blind because we DESIRE blindness. God does not take a truthseeker and blind him to the truth, but God will allow one who loves unrighteousness and all that entails to be blinded. If God is allowing blindness, it is because it is desired. If we, want to be among the elect remnant of God we need to desire the truth and to desire it above all else. If we note the unrighteousness in ourselves and desire to keep that righteousness, then we are inviting deception and seeking to be blinded to the truth. We can't allow ourselves to pretend we want truth, when secretly we only want unrighteousness, God knows our hearts. If we want truth it will be given to us and once we have the truth, we will tend to stand out from others because unrighteousness has become acceptable and we will not join ourselves to the unrighteous that is now called good.

Isa_5:20  Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

We live in a world of evil and yet we can't asked to be taken out of this world, but rather that we are kept from evil.

Joh 17:15  I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. 

May this prayer of Jesus for us to the Heavenly Father be granted! May we be kept from the evil.

All in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, now and forever!

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Date:2018-01-06 00:16
Subject:A Remnant.
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Rom 11:1  I say then, Hath God cast away his people? God forbid. For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin. 
Rom 11:2  God hath not cast away his people which he foreknew. Wot ye not what the scripture saith of Elias? how he maketh intercession to God against Israel, saying, 
Rom 11:3  Lord, they have killed thy prophets, and digged down thine altars; and I am left alone, and they seek my life. 
Rom 11:4  But what saith the answer of God unto him? I have reserved to myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to the image of Baal. 
Rom 11:5  Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace. 

Elijah- a prophet of God spoke to God and said that the enemies of God had killed all the other prophets of His, that He was alone, the last, the only prophet left and his life was at stake. This was the perception Elijah had from his point of view. Yes, prophets had been slain--

1Ki 18:4  For it was so, when Jezebel cut off the prophets of the LORD, that Obadiah took an hundred prophets, and hid them by fifty in a cave, and fed them with bread and water.) 

--but Elijah had no way of knowing how many prophets God had alive at any given time. Still, because he was frightened for his own life, he sent a plea to God. He told God he alone was left and his enemy sought to kill him, the last one. God's reply wasn't what Elijah expected. Go had reserved seven thousand men who did not worship Baal. Seven thousand! Here he was thinking he was alone in his dedication, his faith, his love of God, but he was far from alone. Seven thousand men served God, that was a whole lot of people serving God. Paul, speaking of the Israelites- those stemming from the bloodline of Abraham- used this example to point out right then and there that there was ALSO a people, a remnant left of those of Abraham's bloodline who belonged to God through the grace of Jesus Christ. It might seems as if the whole of Israelites other than the few such as Paul, himself and the other apostles, that there were very few who believed in Jesus, and salvation found in Him, but there were many more.

We truly need to remember God's ways are not our ways, God's thoughts are not our thoughts.

Isa_55:9  For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

According to the election of grace there were a remnant left that belonged to God.

While people might want to doubt there are any believing in the truth of the Savior unto salvation, because this world is so awful and it is so hard to walk in the Spirit-- God has a people reserved, a remnant that belong to Him. We can only hope and pray that we are among those of the remnant. We long to belong to God!

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Date:2018-01-04 23:23
Subject:The Preaching of the Word- Foolishness?
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Rom 10:17  So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. 

Hearing the word of God will increase our faith. Seriously. We pray for faith, we pray to believe, we want more faith and yet we ignore the very thing that can ignite the faith within us- the Word of God.

The precious word of God. The powerful word of God. If it were not so powerful would Satan have tried so hard to rid the world of it? And when he failed at that endeavor and the word of God spread far and wide, many believed and so what did he do next? When Satan realized there was no hiding God's word from people he changed tactics and made it readily available to the masses in the most advance societies in the world. Once it became readily available it began to lose its appeal as a forbidden book. People not only have one but several Bibles in a single home and yet they lay largely unutilized. In some countries where it is still illegal to own the Bible, people hide them, they sneak bits and pieces of them and live in fear of being found out. Most of us can't imagine that. Is there a single person who has access to a computer and has somehow been able to find this Bible study in a country that forbids Bibles? If so, may God bless them with a very special blessing increasing their faith a hundredfold. We need to hear the word, and our faith needs to be increased.

I doubt very highly anyone who isn't interested in God and faith is reading this right now, yet we need the knowledge of them too don't we?

1Co 1:18  For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. 

The word of God is FOOLISHNESS to those who perish. The word of God is the preaching of the cross, it is the message of salvation, it is grace through the sacrifice of our Savior, it is the knowledge gained through the truth. We find the truth in the word of God, yet those who do NOT care about the word of God are among those who will perish.
If you do NOT care for the word of God, if you care but do not read the word of God even though you care about it, how will you truly grow in faith? Faith comes by the word of God. If you don't care if you perish or not, you probably aren't even reading this.

1Co 1:19  For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent. 
1Co 1:20  Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? 
1Co 1:21  For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe. 

It pleased God --- by the foolishness of preaching -- to save them that believe.

The foolishness of preaching. The word of God given to people. So many people have access to the word of God, so few have any excuse not to hear the word of God.

1Co 1:22  For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom: 
1Co 1:23  But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness; 
1Co 1:24  But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.

The word of God is CHRIST CRUCIFIED- CHRIST the POWER of GOD, the WISDOM of God.

What an amazing treasure we have at our fingertips! Please Lord, please help us to seek Your Word, the Word of GOD.

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Date:2018-01-03 23:09
Subject:The Name of Jesus in our Hearts and Confessed with our Mouths.
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Rom 10:8  But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; 
Rom 10:9  That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 
Rom 10:10  For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 
Rom 10:11  For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. 

BELIEVE.

The word is in our MOUTHS, we CONFESS, we are NOT ashamed.
The word is in our HEARTS, faith is in our HEARTS, we believe with our HEARTS.

If what comes out of our mouth is from our hearts then we must CONFESS Jesus Christ as our LORD and SAVIOR. Our Lord- He rules over us. Our Savior- He saves us. We need to be ruled by Christ Jesus, we need to be saved by Christ Jesus. We have no righteousness of our own, but if we believe in our hearts of the righteousness of our Savior, we are believing unto our salvation.

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Date:2018-01-02 22:45
Subject:Christ is the end of the law- to us who believe.
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Rom 10:1  Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved. 
Rom 10:2  For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge. 
Rom 10:3  For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God. 
Rom 10:4  For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth. 

Christ is the end of the law for righteousness.

Remember we talked about there being many laws? The people Israel, God's chosen were used to a lot of ceremonial laws, their lives revolved around these laws. Their way to God as through these laws and they knew nothing else. They didn't want their ceremonies taken away, they didn't want their way to God taken from them and they were too spiritually blind to take the leap of faith necessary to believe that Jesus Christ was in fact the way to God the Father. Christ as their sacrifice, Christ, the Son of God the Father, His death was the ULTIMATE sacrifice. Instead of placing their faith in the death of an animal upon which they'd place their sins through the rituals of the Priests, they were being told they'd have to place their faith on the death of God's only begotten Son, Jesus Christ. They were being told the Priests were no longer necessary to go between them and God, Jesus would stand before God for them and they had to believe this! Faith in Christ as their righteousness.

Today we need to do the same, we need to place our faith in Christ and no other.

Our lives are dependent upon our Savior's love, His grace, His mercy.

Christ is my righteousness.
Christ is your righteousness.

Christ Jesus our Lord He is our law and IN Him, THROUGH Him, the law is kept perfectly.

Believing.

Joh 6:29 Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.

Believing.

Faith.

We believe- Help Our Unbelief! -- My prayer!

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Date:2018-01-02 00:14
Subject:Christ OUR Righteousness.
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Rom 10:1  Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved. 
Rom 10:2  For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge. 
Rom 10:3  For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God. 
Rom 10:4  For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth. 

How many of us have a ZEAL for God, but NOT according to knowledge? How many of us establish our own way of righteousness, ignoring the truth of the righteousness found only in God through Jesus Christ? People don't generally want to submit themselves to anyone, including God. The righteousness of God is Jesus Christ.

2Pe_1:1  Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ

Rom 3:21  But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; 
Rom 3:22  Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: 
Rom 3:23  For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; 
Rom 3:24  Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: 
Rom 3:25  Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; 
Rom 3:26  To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus. 

Christ's righteousness SAVES US and nothing more. Not a single law saves us. Not a single good work saves us. Not one tiny bit of our own right doing saves us. WE CANNOT save ourselves!!!!!!!

Yet we set up so many boundaries and fear if we step out of those boundaries we are no longer saved. How can we have it both ways? How can we believe in Jesus to save us, and still try to save ourselves in ways other than believing in our Savior to save us?

Setting up laws, laws given by God and taking those laws and twisting them so much we can't listen to God any longer leaves us where? When you take something someone has given you and make it your own, it is no longer truly what you were given. If you were to give it back you would be giving back something different, not something the same. God gave His laws for a purpose- ceremonial, dietary, moral, laws for so many things from day to day living, to many happenstances in the lives of people. God gave these laws and He did so for a reason. People were so incredibly far from God when He gave Moses what he needed to get His chosen free from slavery. They needed to know God, the love of God. Over many hundreds of years they took those laws and gradually altered them in subtle ways. They took the love of God out of the laws entirely. They lost sight of God's prophets and the prophecies they gave for the future. And when Jesus came, the very righteousness of all things, the complete embodiment of the law, they were not prepared to receive Him, in fact they held fast to their own righteousness and they found that righteousness in keeping all the laws to the letter. Laws they'd changed to suit themselves. They couldn't take that leap of faith necessary to believe.

Faith in Jesus Christ to be our righteousness, it isn't easy to fully believe it because we want to have a hand in our own salvation. More on all of this tomorrow by the GRACE and MERCY of our LORD and SAVIOR, JESUS CHRIST!!!!!!!!

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Date:2017-12-31 23:16
Subject:The Lord is Not Slack Concerning His Promise.
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Rom 9:28  For he will finish the work, and cut it short in righteousness: because a short work will the Lord make upon the earth. 

Truly it is a short work that the Lord is making upon earth.

We NEED to remember that our HEAVENLY FATHER is NOT a human being! God's time is not our time. We have a CREATOR, and our Creator is so incredible wondrous that for us to try and bring God down to our level is preposterous. What I mean is, the mere thought of ETERNITY to us is something unfathomable. We put a timetable on everything around us- right or wrong in our methods we do this and we even date the earth scientifically, and we date all sorts of things. We've even come up with a time for the Sun itself to burn out- the date is so far in the future no one here and now is concerned at all, none of us will be here in five billion years, right? We are more focused on burning up our own planet, or rather letting global warming destroy it bit by bit. The thing is, so many want to take God out of everything that those who do bring God into their lives are still tempted to put them on their own time. It's so easy to forget this--

2Pe 3:8  But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 

ONE DAY… you know what a single day is, a rather short period of time in the scheme of things. Our years are 365 days. But to the Lord ONE THOUSAND YEARS - if we take our count for a year that's- 365,000 days- is but a SINGLE DAY to the LORD! How incredible is this? Putting this into a tiny bit of perspective- if a person lives to the age of 72, they've lived approximately 26,280 days.

When we really comprehend to the best of our finite ability that one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day with the LORD, then we have to believe that the LORD is NOT slack concerning His promise to redeem us.

2Pe 3:9  The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. 

The Lord IS making a short work on upon the earth.

In the face of eternity- our idea of time is lost.

We long for the Lord to return, we long for the Lord's will to be done in all things. And while it may not seem short to us whose life spans are truly short, the Lord is making a short work of things and HE WILL return, make NO mistake about it, none!
You can't take prophecy and follow it through the years and then suddenly say the rest of the prophecy doesn’t matter and won't come to pass. You are being delusional if you think that is the way of things. The sad thing is, too many people aren't aware of histories prophecies that have come to pass over the last six thousand years. Too many people don't WANT to learn either. When you are face to face with the truth, it can be very frightening because it will rock your whole world and cause you to comprehend things that you never have before.

May God help us to seek TRUTH, all of HIS TRUTH and realize the times we are living in, knowing that one day every single prophecy will have been fulfilled and those who are the LORD'S will live on into eternity with our Father God, our Redeemer Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit! All in the name of our SAVIOR, now and FOREVER!

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Date:2017-12-30 23:57
Subject:Evil Influences.
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Who controls us? Are we influenced by others, by principalities and powers unseen? Surely most reading this (I kid myself that there are many reading this) believe that it's crazy to think we can be influenced by UNSEEN POWERS.

People can easily understand the influence of others around them. How many people have ended up in jail because they 'followed' their peers into illegal activities just because they felt the influence to do something that left to their own devices they'd never dream of doing? On the other hand there are those who have been influenced to do good things they wouldn't have done otherwise, following the people they are around. Yet to believe there are UNSEEN powers surrounding us that do have real influence over us is stuff of crazy people talk, right? That old saying- 'The devil made me do it.' Is something people say but don't really mean.

We truly believe that those who may be aware of unseen influences are mentally disabled, and I'm not going to say none of them are, I have no way of knowing. I do know that IF you believe in JESUS CHRIST then you have to believe in EVIL SPIRITS. Jesus cast out a lot of evil spirits affecting the lives of people in many different ways. Some were totally incapacitated by the evil spirits, others were sick with chronic illness, still others were rendered lame, blind and so on and so forth. The control those evil spirits had over some of the people Jesus cast the spirits out of was horrific. Forcing those they inhabit to commit vile acts of abuse on people and on themselves, terrorizing people, these were just some of the things the evil spirit controlled people did. If we believe JESUS then we know evil spirits exist and have influence over people.

Not everyone is taken over by evil spirits, I think the majority of people are simply influenced just enough by the outside influence to keep them from truly accepting Jesus Christ as Lord of their lives. That's all Satan really wants, people who are not in truth, Christ's. He could care less if a person spouts Christ day in and day out if they aren't truly Christ's at all. Read the following….

'Whenever a person’s inner man heeds the dictates of the outer man, he loses contact with God and is rendered dead spiritually. “You were dead through the trespasses and sins in which you once walked” by “following the desires of body and mind” (Eph. 2.1-3).' The Spiritual Man - by Watchman Nee

Eph 2:1 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;
Eph 2:2 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:
Eph 2:3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.

Before accepting Christ as our Savior, as a REAL part of our life, a person walks according to the world. A person walks according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit working in the children that are NOT Christ's. In our past we ALL had our conversations along the lines of our flesh lusts, our desires of our flesh and minds. By nature we were the CHILDREN of WRATH.

Walking according to the world. Walking according to the spirit of disobedience.

These are realities that we need to face, not ignore, not pretend do not exist.

When we follow the desires of our bodies and minds, over the desires of the spirit with God guiding us then we are following the spirits of disobedience.

May we REALIZE just how REAL and influential the evil spirits can be in our lives and as we are allowed to recognize this, may it lead us to seek a much closer walk with Christ, with the Holy Spirit, with God the Heavenly Father. We are lost without Christ, completely and utterly lost. May we NOT be deceived! May we be KEPT from EVIL as Jesus prayed to the Father for us!

All through the LOVE of our SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST!!!! Now and forever!!!!!!!

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Date:2017-12-29 23:00
Subject:Jesus asks me, "Do you want me to save you?"
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Jesus and I stand before God and the weight of all the guilt of sin is upon me. I have NOTHING at all to offer to God to atone for my sins, there is NOT a single thing of WORTH that I could give Him. I stand there and as I'm prepared to be judged guilty, as I'm prepared to admit my worthlessness and accept my eternal and everlasting separation from my Creator- Jesus stops me.

Jesus takes me by the upper arms, His fingers tightening on my flesh ever so slightly as He peers deeply into my eyes with a compassionate gaze like no other has ever possessed, and He says, 'No.' He says and shakes His head gently, continuing. "You don't have to die the eternal death. You don't have to remain separated from the Heavenly Father. I can save you. Do you want me to save you? Do you?"

Do I want to be saved? Do I want to be united to my Heavenly Father once more? Do I want to live life eternal? I nod slowly and stammer, "But I…I'm not worthy…I'm guilty, I did it, I'm a sinner, such an awful sinner."

Pulling me into Him, Jesus embraces me gently and whispers into my ear, "You are worth everything to me. I know you've sinned, I know you sin. I know you are guilty, but let me do this for you. Let me take your sins- all of them as mine, please. Let me have your guilt, give it all to me, I want to do this for You. I was born to do this for You, I love you."

My heart breaks for the love, such love that I don't deserve that is being offered to me. Jesus wants to pay the price for me. Jesus wants to take my place, Jesus is begging me to take my place! How can He love me so much when I've done so much against all He stands for!? As I stand there in a complete turmoil of emotion, He holds me tighter.

"Please," He entreats me. "Let me do what you cannot do. Let me save you. I know your righteousness is like filthy rags, I know this. I know the depths of your darkness, let me be the light for you."

I pull back slightly in protest, "But I'm awful! What if you do this and I keep sinning?! I'm so weak!"

Now Jesus pulls back, holding me at arm's length, looking at me once again with love so clearly etched in His gaze. "You are weak, I am strong. All I ask is for you to take up this cross I'm going to die upon, take it up every day and let me save you every day. Every single day seek me, find me, follow me, remember what I am doing for you and remember it always. Can you do that?"

Tears streaming down my face in spite of my trying to hold them back, I nod and He pulls me to Him once more, all the love He has for me poured out in that embrace. After several moments He gently releases me and turns to the Father God and stands right in front of me.

"I'll die for her, let me die for her. Let me take all her punishment, let me take the eternal separation, let me take all her guilt upon me, just….save her eternally…please, Father, save her." And the Heavenly Father nods, agreeing to the sacrifice, agreeing to the substitute for me, for my death. He agrees to let His only begotten Son die for me, taking on all my sins.

The relief on Jesus' face as He turns to me and smiles is so vivid, the love, the happiness. He really wants to save me-- a horrible, horrible sinner. As I try to choke out the words thank you, my gratitude beyond comprehension, I watch as He is led towards the cross where He has offered to die in my place.

I should be on that cross! I should be dying! But He's going there for me! FOR ME!
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Rom 8:1  There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

Rom 6:7  For he that is dead is freed from sin. 

'Now our sinful humanity has been judged completely because it was judged in the sinless humanity of the Lord Jesus. In Him, holy humanity has won its victory. Whatever judgment should come upon the body, soul and spirit of sinners has been poured upon Him. He is our representative. By FAITH we are joined to Him. His death is reckoned as OUR death, and His judgment as OUR judgment. Our spirit, soul and body have altogether been judged and penalized in Him. It would not be any different had we been punished in person. “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Rom. 8.1). This is what He has accomplished for us and such is now our standing before God. “For he who has died is freed from sin” (Rom. 6.7 ). Positionally we ALREADY have died in the Lord Jesus; it only awaits the Holy Spirit to translate this fact into our experience. The cross is where the sinner—spirit, soul and body—is altogether judged. It is through the death and resurrection of the Lord that the Holy Spirit of God is able to impart God’s nature to us. THE CROSS BEARS THE SINNER'S JUDGMENT, PROCLAIMS THE SINNER'S WORTHLESSNESS, CRUCIFIES THE SINNER, AND RELEASES THE LIFE OF THE LORD JESUS. Henceforth anyone who accepts the cross shall be born anew by the Holy Spirit and receive the life of the Lord Jesus. ' From The Spiritual Man by Watchman Nee Volume 1 Pt 1 - 4 - Salvation Pg 60,61

Luk 9:23  And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. 

If we would follow JESUS, truly follow JESUS we have to LIVE JESUS DAILY.

Seriously, to deny ourselves is to proclaim Jesus. We TAKE UP HIS CROSS DAILY and that means each and every single day we recognize that upon the CROSS our Savior died IN OUR PLACE.

All in HIS LOVE! Now and forever!

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Date:2017-12-29 00:17
Subject:Would that ALL would choose to be Christ's.
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How great is our sorrow. Seriously. This world is filled with sorrow on so many levels. If you've never felt sorrow then you can't comprehend what I'm talking about at all.

Sorrow. Dictionary Definition- deep distress, sadness, or regret especially for the loss of someone or something loved

There are not too many people in this world that can actually say they've never felt sorrow. When we feel sorrow our heart is very, very heavy. To have a continual sorrow is very disheartening to say the least. Paul talks about the continual sorrow he feels for his people- the Israelites. His sorrow is so deep because he knows this--

Rom 9:27  Esaias also crieth concerning Israel, Though the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea, a remnant shall be saved

A remnant will be saved. That doesn't say - ALL the children of Israel will be saved, even though their numbers are as the SAND of the SEA. We cannot count the number of grains of sand in the sea it is impossible. Imagine a few of something too numerous to count, too numerous for us, not God. Still, one hundred from millions, trillions, is a drop of water in an ocean. I'm not saying one hundred is the number, I'm just giving an example. So few from so many, no wonder Paul was continual sorrowful.

Rom 9:28  For he will finish the work, and cut it short in righteousness: because a short work will the Lord make upon the earth. 

This is truth. In the grand scheme of things when we think of time- a thousand years is as one day with the Lord. The work is being cut short.

Read the following and from it there is so much to consider. So much our finite minds cannot comprehend fully. Without Christ our Savior, we are ALL lost. Would that ALL could be saved, that all would be willing to be saved. All by the GRACE and MERCY of our LORD and SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST!
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Rom 9:1  I say the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Ghost, 
Rom 9:2  That I have great heaviness and continual sorrow in my heart. 
Rom 9:3  For I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh: 
Rom 9:4  Who are Israelites; to whom pertaineth the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the law, and the service of God, and the promises; 
Rom 9:5  Whose are the fathers, and of whom as concerning the flesh Christ came, who is over all, God blessed for ever. Amen. 
Rom 9:6  Not as though the word of God hath taken none effect. For they are not all Israel, which are of Israel: 
Rom 9:7  Neither, because they are the seed of Abraham, are they all children: but, In Isaac shall thy seed be called. 
Rom 9:8  That is, They which are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the seed. 
Rom 9:9  For this is the word of promise, At this time will I come, and Sara shall have a son. 
Rom 9:10  And not only this; but when Rebecca also had conceived by one, even by our father Isaac; 
Rom 9:11  (For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth;) 
Rom 9:12  It was said unto her, The elder shall serve the younger. 
Rom 9:13  As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated. 
Rom 9:14  What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? God forbid. 
Rom 9:15  For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. 
Rom 9:16  So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy. 
Rom 9:17  For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might shew my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth. 
Rom 9:18  Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will he hardeneth. 
Rom 9:19  Thou wilt say then unto me, Why doth he yet find fault? For who hath resisted his will? 
Rom 9:20  Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus? 
Rom 9:21  Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour? 
Rom 9:22  What if God, willing to shew his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction: 
Rom 9:23  And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory, 
Rom 9:24  Even us, whom he hath called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles? 
Rom 9:25  As he saith also in Osee, I will call them my people, which were not my people; and her beloved, which was not beloved. 
Rom 9:26  And it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto them, Ye are not my people; there shall they be called the children of the living God. 
Rom 9:27  Esaias also crieth concerning Israel, Though the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea, a remnant shall be saved: 
Rom 9:28  For he will finish the work, and cut it short in righteousness: because a short work will the Lord make upon the earth. 

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