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Re: Bulletin Board [message #10698 is a reply to message #10695 ] Fri, 03 January 2014 11:57 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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james wrote on Wed, 01 January 2014 11:07

The Importance of Walking in LOVE...

We can't be effective witnesses for Jesus without godly love being present in us and it'll be evident by our love one for another. (John 13:35)


"Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;

Forebearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also [do] ye.

And above all these things [put on] charity (love), which is the bond of perfectness.

And let the peace of God rule your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.

Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to The LORD.

And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, [do] all in the Name of The LORD Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by Him." Colossians 3:12-17


Jesus told us to love one another eleven different times in the NT and to forgive if we want forgiveness. If I've offended anyone by my words or attitude please contact me and let's talk it out. We know offenses will come but they shouldn't come from each other. I pray each of us will prayerfully seek The Lord and examine our hearts before Him and see if there be anything He would have us do differently in relating to others. I encourage anyone with any question of offense, either taken or given, let's humble ourselves and seek reconcilation with our brothers and sisters in Christ...We 'can' be right, and still be wrong.

As I've read concerning The Apostle John, in his latter years when gathering together with the saints, he would constantly remind them to "love one another". May we too be diligent to do the same.



I think its possible for people to fall into a mind sync that we only "Love" those who believe like us. If a person has a different view on the Bible, Can we say we love them if were suspicious and think they are coming with doctrinal error?

Love thinks no evil!

When a discussion turns to a heated debate with accusations towards an individual and its not grounded on scriptural facts it makes you wonder. You know trying to pull out words and making an issue of it. Everyone has been guilty of this at one time or another.

I don't know if we can classify a different view of some event in the Bible as error if its different then what we hold to in scripture, especially if we cannot prove our view on the subject.

I'm just saying I think its better if we can reach out to others in the body of Christ with a Christ like attitude not expecting the worst.

I realize great deception is coming on the earth but erecting walls concerning different doctrines is a body divided against itself.

But I see what you mean and I'm not implying your saying anything wrong either. We wrestle not against flesh and blood but principalities, powers, and the rulers of darkness of this world.

Hope that's understandable.

Yesterday I read a tract on Divine Healing by A.B.Simpson. This brother had a lot of light on trusting the Lord for healing, I was blessed to see a man who totally looked to the Lord in this area and was very encouraged after reading it. He made it so clear.

Gary





Re: Bulletin Board [message #10719 is a reply to message #10698 ] Wed, 08 January 2014 19:08 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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The Importance of Worship and Praise...


"Great is The LORD, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, in the mountain of His holiness." Ps.48:1


"By Him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of [our] lips giving thanks to His Name." Heb.13:15


"And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them." Acts 16:25


"Make a joyful noise unto The LORD, all ye lands.

Serve The LORD with gladness: come before His presence with singing.

Know ye that The LORD He [is] God: [it is] He [that] hath made us, and not we ourselves.

Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise: be thankful unto Him, and bless His Name.

For The LORD [is] good; His mercy [is] everlasting; and His truth [endureth] to all generations." Ps.100


"I will bless The LORD at all times: His praise shall continually be in my mouth." Ps.34:1



Worship and praise unto God must start from the heart and then actions must follow. We don't wait until 'Sunday', or until we 'feel' like singing and offering praise, or until we're going through a trial; true worship and praise are to be part of the Christian daily life just as prayer and studying The Word. Notice in Psalms 100 the commands that require action? 'make' a joyful noise; 'serve' The Lord with gladness; 'come' before His pesence; 'enter' into His gates...we have to take the initiative.

Praise first pleases God, we know He inhabits the praises of His people. Praise unto God breaks down strongholds and sets free the oppressed. Praise and worship fosters and develops the relationship between God and us. It builds us up, especially when we worship in The Spirit.


"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God."
Re: Bulletin Board [message #10725 is a reply to message #10719 ] Sat, 11 January 2014 13:28 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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"Come unto Me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.

For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light." Matthew 11:28-30


What an invitation from Jesus, "Come unto Me"...what a revelation of peace, hope, and joy when understood... LORD, open our eyes, give us hearing ears, bold tongues to share of Your great Love, and feet that run unto You.


"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God."
Re: Bulletin Board [message #10738 is a reply to message #10725 ] Thu, 16 January 2014 09:47 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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The Importance of Discernment...

"The Pharisees also with the Sadducees came, and tempting desired Him that He would shew them a sign from heaven.

He answered and said unto them,When it is evening, ye say, It will be fair weather: for the sky is red.

And in the morning, It will be foul weather to day: for the sky is red and lowring. O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times?

A wicked and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given unto it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas..." Matthew 16:2-4



I look around me and see the explosion of knowledge in science and technology; how meteorologist can predict weather events weeks in advance [discern]...yet, much of the world lies in darkness concerning discernment of spiritual truths. The Gospel of The Kingdom of God is hidden from those who received not the love of the truth. Paul, in his second Epistle to the church at Thessalonica (II Thess.2:10-12) explains this.

That we have had The Gospel revealed unto us and have received it with joy is cause for rejoicing continually, and being thankful unto God for this most precious gift.


***discern: to distinguish; to see the difference between two or more things. to rightly judge; to see or understand the difference; to make distinction between good and evil.


"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God."
Re: Bulletin Board [message #10742 is a reply to message #10738 ] Fri, 17 January 2014 08:49 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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"Behold, what manner of LOVE the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.

Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when He shall appear, we shall be like Him; for we shall see Him as He is.

And every man that hath this HOPE in him purifeth himself, even as He is pure."
I John3:1-3


"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God."
Re: Bulletin Board [message #10750 is a reply to message #10742 ] Fri, 24 January 2014 09:30 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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The Importance of Endurance...


endurance: the ability to do something difficult for a long time; the ability to withstand hardship or adversity; the quality of continuing for a long time.

Biblical definition: to remain in Christ; to persevere through all trials and tests keeping ones eyes on Jesus Christ.


In Matthew chapter twenty four Jesus gives His disciples the signs that will point to His return. He warns, encourages, and give hope to all men that if they will heed His warnings not to be deceived by false Christ and not to let the wars and rumors of war trouble them...and endure until the end, we shall be saved. We're not to allow our love for He to diminish; we're to "watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come."

"But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved."Matt.24:13


How many have fallen by the wayside after starting so zealous for The Lord? How many have lost their love for God and the things of God? How many have turned from God because things didn't happen as they had anticipated? Brethren, God's ways are not our ways, He needs not explain every move He makes to us; our response to Him is to trust and obey, to endure until the end. Remember what Job said..."Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him..."Job 13:15
Enduring til the end is not something we can do within our own willpower and might, it can only be done through Jesus. What He did at Calvary, the price is paid, the victory is won, in Him and Him alone can we persevere/endure, but He has promised that if we'll put our trust in Him nothing can separate us from His great LOVE.


"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God."
Re: Bulletin Board [message #10751 is a reply to message #10750 ] Mon, 27 January 2014 09:26 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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"...God will provide Himself a lamb..."


In my daily Bible reading this past week I was reading Genesis twenty-two and I have been thinking about it during the weekend. God begins by testing Abraham to reveal his faithfulness to obey God even when it appeared that what God was asking of him was going against the promise/covenant He had given Abraham concerning Isaac.(Genesis 17:19&21) Abraham went forward in obedience, not knowing how God would do it, just that He would. He prophesied in verse eight that God would provide HIMSELF a lamb...speaking of Jesus(although I don't think Abraham knew that at the time) He also boldly told the young men traveling with them that he and the lad (Isaac) would return to them after they had worshiped The LORD.

As I thought about the whole plan of salvation revealed to us in scripture, I thought about how we're told in Luke 15:10 that the angels in heaven are full of joy at the conversion of one soul to Christ. Imagine the joy they had when Abraham obeyed God; and as if that wasn't enough, think of the joy when they (the angels) understood the plan of salvation for mankind through the sacrifice of Jesus Himself, The LAMB of God.

The more The Lord opens my eyes and heart to His Word and the great Truth revealed therein, the more in awe I am of His GREAT love, mercy, and grace unto us who deserve nothing from Him.





"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God."
Re: Bulletin Board [message #10766 is a reply to message #10751 ] Mon, 03 February 2014 08:51 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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"For the wages of sin death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."Romans 6:23


"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God."
Re: Bulletin Board [message #10777 is a reply to message #10766 ] Tue, 04 February 2014 11:12 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Dealing with the heart...


Jesus taught us that it isn't what we eat that defiles a man, it's what is hidden in the heart. "There is nothing from without a man, that entering into him can defile him: but the things which come out of him, those are they that defile the man."
"For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness:
All these evil things come from within, and defile the man." Mark 7:15&21-23
also see Matt.15

Paul reminds the Christians in his epistle to those in Rome (and us) that it isn't what we eat that defiles man, it's our heart, our attitude towards one another. He tells them that whatsoever they do to do it in faith, whether eating or not eating a certain thing. He reminds them/us that: "For the Kingdom of God is not meat and drink, but righteousness, and peace, and joy in The Holy Ghost." Romans 14:17

Bickering and pointing fingers over personal preferences concerning what one eats, drinks, wears, celebrates, observes, or doesn't eat, drink, wear, celebrate, or observe only places burdens on others...remember the scribes and the Pharisees described by Jesus in Matthew 23? They placed burdens upon others while they themselves were only hindering people from entering The Kingdom of God (Matt.23:13) It not only hinders and causes others to stumble, it reflects the spiritual immaturity and hypocrisy of the finger pointer.

May God grant grace and mercy to The Body of Christ that rather than point fingers and accuse one another over non-salvation issues, we start showing the LOVE of God to our brothers and sisters...as well as those who know not Jesus as Lord and Saviour.

"Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God..." I John 4:7

[Updated on: Tue, 04 February 2014 13:41]


"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God."
Re: Bulletin Board [message #10784 is a reply to message #10777 ] Tue, 04 February 2014 18:21 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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I was just reading this same scripture this morning.

I think more and more we are seeing an over sensitive spirit manifest in people and they read into every situation. I know someone that gave another person recently some scriptures to encourage them in the Faith they sent the paper back and said they did not need to hear any Bible in their situation.

Like one brother said, If your pointing the finger at someone there is three fingers pointing back at you. The thumb is generally pointing up into heaven.
Re: Bulletin Board [message #10787 is a reply to message #10777 ] Wed, 05 February 2014 05:59 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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James wrote: Bickering and pointing fingers over personal preferences concerning what one eats, drinks, wears, celebrates, observes, or doesn't eat, drink, wear, celebrate, or observe only places burdens on others...remember the scribes and the Pharisees described by Jesus in Matthew 23? They placed burdens upon others while they themselves were only hindering people from entering The Kingdom of God (Matt.23:13) It not only hinders and causes others to stumble, it reflects the spiritual immaturity and hypocrisy of the finger pointer.


I was thinking about this further and somewhere there is a balance and I don't know if that is even the right word to use.

Take any subject, let's say sports for instance. While we can point the finger at all the evils behind any certain sport, there can be some good as well.

I would rather see young teenage boys involved in sports then running the streets involved in idleness and drugs. I can see where involvement in sports would burn up all that youthful energy and can be geared towards more positive goals in life.

What about drinking an occasional beer or glass of wine, certainly it can lead to evil if abused. But if the scriptures do not forbid it then why should anyone point the finger at someone saying their in sin for drinking.

I know of someone who recently was going to a relatives wedding, a young niece, someone in the family told me they were not going to the reception afterwards because his family was Prebysterian (misspelled) and they would be drinking. I agreed with the person at the time, but later was thinking Jesus showed up at the wedding reception and even created more wine for the guests.

What if a person has a disease to make them overweight do we point the finger and say their gluttonous?

For some people TV or even the internet becomes the great evil. So they cast these items out of their houses and point the finger if anyone mentions some movie they recently watched. If a Christian writes a book and it becomes a major movie, then is it evil if it contains wizards and occult. Some don't think so its just fantasy while others point the finger and say its occult and evil.

Is this stuff really evil in itself?

It depends on what side of the fence your standing on, or which group your running with and what they believe on the matter.

In reality Christianity is a narrow road that each individual will travel and they have to make decisions for themselves what is right or wrong in light of the scriptures. Granted some groups only take what the preacher says and believes and they never take a look at what is in the Bible, and what it says.

I realize there are over sensitive Christians that will never listen to any Godly counsel as well. But the Bible does give instructions if that's the right word to use.

There are times when a person refuses to participate in some of these situations mentioned and even if you do not say anything people will accuse you of legalism. I heard someone say recently at a funeral about the person who died, They said; I think they refused to go to a doctor like the JW's. They were acting like the person was wrong because that dead person did not want to go to a doctor. I guess they even point the finger at you when your dead and in the grave. People will point the finger whether you do or you don't, I think its just human nature whether your a Christian or not a Christian it will happen.

BTW part of your post sounded like you are pointing the finger at the finger pointers. LOL

Lord Bless,
Gary







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Re: Bulletin Board [message #10788 is a reply to message #10787 ] Wed, 05 February 2014 09:21 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Gary wrote on Wed, 05 February 2014 05:
It depends on what side of the fence your standing on, or which group your running with and what they believe on the matter.

BTW part of your post sounded like you are pointing the finger at the finger pointers. LOL

Lord Bless,
Gary



Personally, I'm seeking to determine which 'side of the fence' Jesus and His Word are on and make sure that's the side I get on. Too many times I've either been on the wrong side, or sitting straddled the fence. Also, I try not to put too much stock in what others believe or which way they're running, unless I can see clearly a life that reflects Jesus and His Word being lived out.

As to 'pointing fingers', I guess it wouldn't do any good to say that what I'm trying to share has been present in my life and I willingly confess it...My point is to encourage the reader to examine themselves and compare their/our lives with scripture and see if our religion is real or just lip service. The last thing I want is to found wanting on that day, I welcome godly constructive criticism that encourages me to seek after God's way as revealed in His Word.

Don't be over-sensitive, I'm not offended by your response...<GRIN>


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Re: Bulletin Board [message #10789 is a reply to message #10788 ] Wed, 05 February 2014 11:27 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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james wrote on Wed, 05 February 2014 10:21

Quote:

Gary wrote on Wed, 05 February 2014 05:
It depends on what side of the fence your standing on, or which group your running with and what they believe on the matter.

BTW part of your post sounded like you are pointing the finger at the finger pointers. LOL

Lord Bless,
Gary



Personally, I'm seeking to determine which 'side of the fence' Jesus and His Word are on and make sure that's the side I get on. Too many times I've either been on the wrong side, or sitting straddled the fence. Also, I try not to put too much stock in what others believe or which way they're running, unless I can see clearly a life that reflects Jesus and His Word being lived out.

As to 'pointing fingers', I guess it wouldn't do any good to say that what I'm trying to share has been present in my life and I willingly confess it...My point is to encourage the reader to examine themselves and compare their/our lives with scripture and see if our religion is real or just lip service. The last thing I want is to found wanting on that day, I welcome godly constructive criticism that encourages me to seek after God's way as revealed in His Word.

Don't be over-sensitive, I'm not offended by your response...<GRIN>



Slice me up I'm not swallowing those minnows. LOL

Hey James Did anyone ever tell you, your a blessing from the Lord.

Did you know the Pharisees actually started out as a good movement.

Antiochus IV tried to crush the Jewish faith, he burned all the scriptures, they could not observe any feasts or celebrations, he defiled the temple, and anyone who did not obey his law was put to death.

The Jews were forced to adopt the wicked Grecian culture.

A priest comes along and starts the Maccabean political revolt, during this same time many gathered together and became "separatists" in the Greek this is where they get the word Pharisee. These guys refused to defile themselves and vowed to follow the Law of Moses. Later down through the centuries they started adding all the rules and came up with the Talmud.

Interesting stuff how they got started.

One more thing Josephus was a Pharisee and he wrote: "the Pharisees have delivered to the people a great many observances by succession from their fathers, which are not written in the law of Moses."

Jesus had to deal with this centuries of embedded rules and laws created by men. This is why they were so offended.

If you read church history, (Schaffs, history of the church), we see this happening time and time again. Every church receives a certain amount of revelation but they lock into it and go no further. This is why we have thousands of denominations with their own set of creeds.

Its amazing how we think we have all the truth and miss God's bigger plan. This is why so many will not take an honest look at the scriptures to see what are they saying. You know if its good enough for Grandpa its good enough for me theology, so why change things now.

Of course we just don't swallow everything that comes down the pike like error, heresay, etc.

I think your on to something though and I agree with you, its about developing a personal relationship. Walking with God like Enoch. Only the Lord really knows our hearts.

If you haven't already, you might want to check out Shaffs history of the church.

Lord bless your day, crunching those numbers.









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Truths Concerning True LOVE...As shared by the Apostle of Love, John.

"This then is the message which we have heard of Him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all."

"But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the Blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin."

"He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until now."

"For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another."

"We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death."

"Hearby perceive we the Love of God, because He laid down His life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren."

"And this is His commandment, That we should believe on The Name of His Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as He gave us commandment."

"Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.

He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is Love."


"Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins."

"Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another."

"And this commandment have we from Him, That he who loveth God love his brother also."

~scriptures taken from the first Epistle of John.

John also recorded these words spoken by Jesus:

"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved.

He that believeth on Him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather that light, because their deeds were evil.

For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.

But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God."


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Love, Love, Love, All we need is Love. "Sound Familiar"

Did you know the world is saying this also?

If you know what I mean. Very Happy

Lord Bless,
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The Importance of Being Content...but not Complacent.

Paul writes to Timothy in chapter six of the first epistle to him concerning the false teaching that gain is godliness, not so he admonishes. In fact, and contrary to the popular 'prosperity gospel' being taught today throughout the world; we're told that those teaching this message should be withdrawn from. Paul writes, under the inspiration of The Holy Spirit, "But godliness with contentment is great gain." v6

Jesus told the rich man in Mark 10:17-27 to sell what he had, give the proceeds to the poor, take up the cross, and follow Him. The man was unwilling, why? He wasn't willing to be content with trusting Jesus to provide for him day by day, taking no thought for the morrow. His treasure was in what he possessed and in it he trusted, even though he had obeyed the ten commandments. How many of us in America who profess the name of Christ are just like the rich man, willing to obey in many things but not all. The American dream is alive and well in the average church today, the hunger for 'more' eats at most Christians, when in reality we have so much more than the rest of the world already, yet so many strive for more. Not to have to share with those in need, but to stockpile 'for a rainy day' or just trying to 'keep up with the Jones's'. But Paul tells us that "And having food and raiment let us be content."

Being content in whatever state we're in (Phil.4:11-13) is different than being complacent. Complacency is not what a Christian is to have as a mindset. We told to always be pressing on in Christ(Phil.3:13-14). Jesus warns in Revelation about becoming lukewarm, which is complacency, satisfied with where we are our walk with Christ; maybe caught up in the day to day grind and just going through the motions of loving God and our fellow man. James writes in (James 2:15-20) that if a man professes to have faith(a Christian, follower of Jesus, overcomer...) and doesn't willingly provide for the needs of those who are destitute and hungry when it's within their power to help, they really don't have FAITH and their religion is dead and in vain.

Works don't save, but those truly saved produce works.(fruit) Complacency in obedience to the whole council of God is a dangerous place to find oneself, repentance is the answer. Learning to be content while obeying The Lord is a place of joy and peace.


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The Importance of Recognizing and Confessing Our Sins...


Before any man can come unto The Lord he must recognize his sinful state and in brokenness and humility confess his sinful nature before a Holy God. Here are some Biblical examples of declarations made by godly men when they came face to face with who God is and what they weren't, they all confessed that I am....

1. When Isaiah saw God in His holiness he said, "I am undone." (Isaiah 6:5)

2. In remembering God's deliverance David exclaimed, "I am a worm." (Ps. 22:6)

3. Peter confessed after Jesus had manifested His power, "I am a sinful man." (Luke 5:8)

4. The prodigal son in seeing himself declared, "I am no more worthy." (Luke 15:19)

5. When Paul realized the application of the law of God in its spirituality, he said, "I am carnal." (Rom.7:14)

6.The unveiling of God's glory led Job to cry out, "I am vile." (Job 40:4)

7. When in remembrance of The Lord the psalmist said, "I am poor and needy." (Ps. 40:17)

8. When Jacob sensed the presence of God it caused him to acknowledge, " I am not worthy of the least of all Thy mercies." (Gen. 32:10)

9. The knowledge of Christ makes everyone that sees themselves in the Light of His presence to exclaim, "Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief." (I Tim. 1:15)


"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God."
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"For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another.

But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared,

Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of The Holy Ghost;

Which He shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour;

That being justified by His grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men."
Titus 3:3-8


Scriptures showing we're not saved by works but by God's Mercy and Grace; but at the same time we're saved to do works.


"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God."
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"...Be thankful unto Him, and bless His Name. For The LORD is good..."Ps.100:4-5

God IS good and I bless His Name, and I am thankful. His compassions fail not, they are new every morning, great is His faithfulness. (Lamentations 3:22-23)


"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God."
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The loving God we serve....

"But thou, O LORD, art a God full of compassion, and gracious, longsuffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth." Ps.86:15

"The LORD thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; He will save, He will rejoice over thee with joy; He will rest in His love, He will joy over thee with singing." Zephaniah 3:17

"Know therefore that the LORD thy God, He is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love Him and keep His commandments to a thousand generations." Deuteronomy 7:9

"For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith The LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end." Jeremiah 29:11

"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life." John 3:16

"And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to Himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation,
To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation." II Corinthians 5:18-19


"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God."
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Our forgiving God...

In Hebrew the word El Nahsah means, God who forgives. I'm not versed in Hebrew, so I have to believe what others say. I do have first hand knowledge of God's forgiveness having experienced it many times. The Word is filled with scriptures on forgiveness, both God's willingness to forgive us as well as His expectations of us forgiving others. He offers forgiveness to us as individuals and well as to groups of people. One of the most well known offers of forgiveness to a group of people is II Chronicles 7:14 "If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land."

Individually we're told in I John 1:9..."If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."
Every scripture on forgiveness has conditions, a person or nation must humble themselves, pray and confess, and turn (repent) from their sins and turn unto God/Jesus. Also we're told we must be forgiving of others, Jesus said in Matthew 6:12,14-15 "And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses."

His willingness to forgive us, even though we don't deserve that forgiveness, is a display of His Love for us. His plan of salvation/restoration/reconciliation through Jesus Christ is the greatest gift of love we could ever imagine. How can we possibly begin to understand this great love without humbly seeking to forgive any and all who trespass against us? As we're conformed into the image of Jesus by the working of The Holy Spirit within us, forgiveness becomes much easier as we remember what we've been forgiven of and how often by our merciful and loving heavenly Father.

Will eternity be enough time to say "Thank YOU, LORD?


"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God."
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Boy if this wasn't perfect timing of the Lord. I just got a card in the mail where someone was asking forgiveness for some things they said a while back.

I was thinking about this and here you posted this message.

The thing is when Jesus forgives He forgets as the old song goes. But sometimes when men forgive they still remember the past and what was said and done. Their always cautious or suspicious of someones actions thinking it will happen again.

What a good message James. Learning to completely forgive others who have wrong us as the Father forgives us for the sins we have committed.

True forgiveness is to not to hold someone accountable for their past sins towards us and then constantly reminding them of what they did in the past and always holding them accountable.

Good Timing here Brother.

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After I had written about forgiveness and was reading scriptures about forgiveness I was reminded that we should be as diligent about seeking forgiveness from others as well as from God. There is a buddy that I used to play tennis with that was a Christian and he just stopped communication about 6 months ago, so I sent him an email today asking if I had in any way offended him and please allow me to ask forgiveness and restore our relationship. I haven't heard back yet, but I want to be the first to seek reconciliation if at all possible. I've not always done this, but as I seek to be more Christ-like every day I want to show others His love by my actions.

I'm not setting myself up here as the perfect example because I'm not; nor trying to extra humble, but I do want to follow The perfect example...Jesus.

You're right Gary, as humans we have perfect (in our own minds) memory concerning offenses perpetrated against us, yet we are to totally forgive just as we seek total forgiveness from God. When I find myself tempted to rehash past offenses of others against me, I stop and ask The Lord to help me in forgetting, and even if it's humanly impossible to totally forget something to give me a heart that seeks mercy for them. As I said, I'm sure not perfect, but He is helping me 'get it'. Usually it only take's a gentle reminder of the 'golden rule' and a look in the mirror remembering my past mistakes that I'm counting on Him having forgotten.


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The Importance of Remembering What God Says...or not forgetting

From the beginning God has communicated with man in various ways, and from the beginning man has forgotten what He has said. In the garden of Eden He talked one on one with Adam and Eve, He instructed them concerning His commands (Not to eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil) and yet they forgot. God, through His Grace has given us His WORD time after time, and time after time man has forgotten to keep His Word. Moses would go up on the mountain and God would speak unto him what to say unto the children of Israel. This was the spoken Word.

Then God gave man His Word in written form. (Written Word) He wrote the Ten Commandments down for Moses to deliver to the children of Israel, He also told Moses to record (write) what He told him.(Ex.24:4) He had men to record His Word under inspiration of The Holy Spirit, we all have copies of it, we call it The Holy Bible. Yet they, as well as people today, 'forgot' that Word.

Next God had them to learn or memorize His Words,(Deuteronomy 6:7-9) to get them into the heart and mind by constantly thinking upon them. But as we know from study of The Word Israel didn't do this effectively and spent hundreds of years in rebellion and captivity, never obeying for long at a time before falling back into idolatry and sin. Even in the New Testament we're told to study His Word.(II Tim.2:15)

So now we come to Jesus The WORD coming down to man to reveal God's Word to us.(John 1:14) Hebrews chapter one says, "God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by His SON, whom He hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also He made the worlds." This is the Incarnate Word. Still even with Jesus Himself revealing God's Word and will unto man, man forgets and wanders off after anything but God.

But our God, who is so merciful and full of grace unto His people, didn't leave us unto our own destruction but with His foreknowledge of our tendency to forget made a new covenant with His people concerning His WORD and this time it would be different. Jeremiah 31:31-34 Heb.8:10-12 Heb.10:16-17 The Indwelling WORD, God's Word, written/placed/put in our hearts and in our minds directly by HIM. No longer walking in the power of our own strength(flesh) but being made one with Christ we now walk in The Spirit having The Spirit of God dwelling in us.(Rom.8:5-10)

Is this not the utmost display of Grace? God's character revealed through His Love, Grace, Mercy; His patience and longsuffering with His people to make a New Covenant after the first was refused, to offer Life to man who only deserved death through Jesus' own shed Blood, and then come and live within us??? "Who shall separate us from the love of Christ..." NOTHING! May we never forget...


"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God."
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Behold The Lamb of God...

behold: to observe; look at; see


In The Gospel of John, John The Baptist upon seeing Jesus coming towards him said, "Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world." Again the next day standing with two of his disciples he stated it again, "Behold the Lamb of God!" John was declaring to all who would listen that He of whom he, John, had been crying out in the wilderness concerning, was there, in their midst, Jesus, The Lamb of God their Messiah.
John 1:29&36

That invitation to "behold" Him was accepted by many; but Jesus Himself offered another invitation to all who would receive it..."Come unto me" and the opportunity to not just 'see' or observe Him, but to learn of Him and find rest for our souls.


"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God."
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FOLLOW ME...


Another invitation Jesus gave was to the twelve, offering them the opportunity to become His disciples. In Matthew 4:19 Jesus said: "Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men." I was pondering what being a follower of Jesus really meant. A follower of Christ is committed to lifelong learning from Him through His Word and committed to sharing that which they learn. That is what the Great Commission is..."Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you..." learning to be a disciple and then making disciples of others. I saw somewhere that the word "Christian" is only used three times in The New Testament; yet the word "disciple" is used two hundred and sixty nine times. Ask the average American if they are Christian and most will say they are. But how many 'christians' are disciples (followers) of Christ. How many who name the name of Christ are being transformed into the image of Christ? He told them to "Follow Me" and that He would make them fishers of men.

I'm convinced that there is nothing more important, for a man professing to be a follower of Christ, than sharing that which has been given him, the Good News of God's gracious plan of salvation through repentance from sin and turning unto Jesus Christ as LORD and Saviour. There are plenty of "believers" (James 2:19) but what He is seeking are followers, those who will "come unto Him and learn of Him"; who will "take up their cross daily and follow Him"; to serve rather than seeking to be served.

I know my mentality too often in the past has been more of 'self preservation'; keeping myself unspotted from the world, and waiting on the rapture; how selfish of me! A true follower of Jesus is obedient in ALL things commanded in The Word of God, or else as James wrote, their religion is vain.


"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God."
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Hope this comes through. It is about a painting that was commissioned to portray the resurrection of our Lord.


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"Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in Me." John 14:1

"Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid." John 14:27

"These things have I spoken unto you, that in Me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world."
John 16:33

"Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you."John 20:19

"Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:"Rom.5:1

"Now The Lord of peace Himself give you peace always by all means. The Lord be with you all."
II Thess. 3:16


"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God."
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The Importance of Exhortation...


"But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin." Heb. 3;13

"And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and good works:
Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much more, as ye see the day approaching." Heb.10:24-25




exhort: to urge; advise, or caution earnestly. to incite by words or advise, to animate or urge by arguments to a good deed.

exhortation: form of words intended to incite and encourage; to counsel.

Paul spent much time exhorting and encouraging others to do likewise...(Timothy and Titus/bishops and elders/each follower of Christ, urging and encouraging) The Epistle of Hebrews is filled with exhortations and encouragements, there are several places early in the book that we're encouraged to "take heed"(Heb.2:1 and Heb.3:12)

Then after the old and new Covenants are laid out in understandable details and Jesus is shown as the perfect sacrifice Who established the New Covenant with His Own Blood; we're exhorted to, by faith, draw near unto God. (Heb.10:19-23) And after we're given examples of faith and faithfulness by those who have gone on before us(having not received the promise) and who are a 'cloud of witnesses'; we're exhorted to lay aside every weight and any sin that easily besets us, and run the race that is set before us...Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith.Heb.12:1-2

So as God's Word tells us to do, exhort one another, love one another, pray for one another...let us do so. What's the exhortation? Hold fast, don't grow slack; be doers of The Word, not hearers only; walk in humility and love; keep our eyes on Jesus; be thankful and bless His Name.

I read this the other day, "Pray for me, I need the prayers and you need the practice"...


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Sacrifices...


sacrifice: giving up of something valued: a giving up of something valuable or important for somebody or something else considered more valued or important. The offering up of sacrifices is to be regarded as a divine institution. It didn't originate with man; God Himself appointed it. Offering of something precious.

I have spent the last month or so reading about God's plan for the Tabernacle and the institution of sacrifices(Exodus and Leviticus) as part of a daily Bible reading. Today I was reading in Psalms and this scripture got me to meditating upon what sacrifices we're to offer today as New Testament followers of Christ.

"Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in The LORD."Ps.4:5

Jesus Christ was the perfect sacrifice, and faith in His sacrifice of Himself alone brings salvation; this we know and understand that all our sacrifices could never bring about our own salvation. But we are told that we're to offer sacrifices; not blood sacrifices of bulls and goats, or lambs and turtledoves. But we're to offer the sacrifices of a heart that's filled with gratitude and thanksgiving because of the sacrifice Jesus made.

We're told in Romans 12:1 to offer our own bodies as living sacrifices, holy and acceptable unto God. In I Peter 2:5 we're told to offer up spiritual sacrifices. Hebrews 13:15-16 tells us to offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually and to do good which are sacrifices that please God. David writes in Psalms 50:14 to offer unto God thanksgiving; and in chapter 69 verses 30 and 31 we're told: "I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify Him with thanksgiving. This also shall please The LORD better than an ox or bullock that hath horns and hoofs."

One key phrase I saw repeatedly in Exodus was, "a willing heart "; all that was taken up for the tabernacle was to be given willingly from the heart. That's the sacrifices God wants today from His people; sacrifices of obedience, of living in His righteousness, of thankfulness, of praise, of holiness from our hearts. Daily offering up of ourselves as living sacrifices because of what Jesus did for us and His example unto us; again to repeat, not because we think this is needful in procuring our salvation...our salvation is by faith in Him alone and His sacrifice at Calvary; but because it is our reasonable service in light of what He has shown He desires from us. Why, one might wonder, that our lives will bring glory and honor to God and point those who don't know Him to Him and His Glory.


"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God."
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Hi James,

Yes that `willing heart,` is so precious to the Lord. Thank you for pointing it out. I have just recently had some time with different friends while hubby went on his annual fishing trip with some Christian men. They caught some good trout & had special men times sharing of their lives.

I have come to appreciate more & more how important men are who follow the Lord in word & deed. The world is so `me,` orientated & to see godly men committed, faithful, (especially in what they read & watch) & who are demonstrating quietly in their work the importance of doing their job well, & also relating to others caringly. I have been encouraging my friends & myself to appreciate our men folk & not get caught up in the frictions of life or `why doesn`t he talk like my girl friends,` etc.


So I say to all the men, we are trying more & more to appreciate your calling in the Lord & we pray for you to stand strong against the flood of iniquity that is coming against you & us.

`Be strong in the Lord & in the power of His might.`





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Thanks for the encouragement, Marilyn.

btw: if he 'talked like your girl friends'...there's a high probability that you would have lost interest by now. Not to wax philosophical here but there does seem to be some degree of truth in the adage 'men are from Mars and women are from Venus'. A more Biblical explanation would be that that's how God made us. Smile

Hey! The fresh trout has to count for something....lol


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Encouragement from God's Word...


For those who battle condemnation and guilt (and who hasn't?) these words from Isaiah are promises to cling to; if you've fallen and missed the mark, if you've allowed Satan to get inside your head with his condemning accusations saying God has forsaken you, choose this day to believe God and stand on His promises. If repentance is needed, then repent.(I John 2:1-2)

"For a small moment have I forsaken thee; but with great mercies will I gather thee.

In a little wrath I hid my face from thee for a moment; but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee, saith The LORD thy Redeemer."
Isaiah 54:7-8


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"I will love Thee, O LORD, my strength.

The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.

I will call upon The LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.

The LORD liveth; and blessed be my rock; and let The God of my salvation be exalted."
Ps. 18:1-3&46


"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God."
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HE IS RISEN...


"Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;

By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I have preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.

For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;

And that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the scriptures:"
I Corinthians 15:1-4


"Blessed be The GOD and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to His abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead," I Peter 1:3


"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God."
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ENCOURAGEMENT FROM PSALMS 31...


" In Thee, O LORD, do I put my trust; let me never be ashamed: deliver me in Thy righteousness."

"Oh how great is Thy goodness, which Thou hast laid up for them that fear Thee; which Thou hast wrought for them that trust in Thee before the sons of men!"

"Oh love The LORD, all ye His saints; for the LORD preserveth the faithful, and plentifully reward the proud doer."

Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in The LORD."


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Quote:

`Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in The LORD."


I thank you dear Lord that you strengthen our hearts. Where would we be if we just tried to get through life`s trials and difficulties without you. I pray and ask that if any are weary, or discouraged or downhearted today that you will especially come to them and reveal yourself to them in a way that they would realise your closeness. Though the way often becomes cloudy I pray that we will all `feel,` know your hand strengthening us and that we realise that that is those special times when we take notice that you are close.

Thank you for you love, care and strengthening our hearts yet again dear Lord.


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Marilyn Crow wrote on Mon, 21 April 2014 16:43


Quote:

`Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in The LORD."


I thank you dear Lord that you strengthen our hearts. Where would we be if we just tried to get through life`s trials and difficulties without you. I pray and ask that if any are weary, or discouraged or downhearted today that you will especially come to them and reveal yourself to them in a way that they would realize your closeness. Though the way often becomes cloudy I pray that we will all `feel,` know your hand strengthening us and that we realize that that is those special times when we take notice that you are close.

Thank you for you love, care and strengthening our hearts yet again dear Lord.





Amen and Amen! I receive that in Jesus Name. Cool

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I like this verse especially since I keep hearing about the love of God even though we are all said to be "failure Christians". True Christians love God - and that love is expressed in OBEDIENCE. People should not fool themselves. Love for God is seen in obeying.
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Apostle wrote on Thu, 24 April 2014 14:11

True Christians love God - and that love is expressed in OBEDIENCE. People should not fool themselves. Love for God is seen in obeying.


Yes, John told us that, as lead by The Spirit. He also made more than one reference concerning us loving one another. And Paul wrote a whole chapter (I Corinthians 13) on the importance of love, in fact he said that without it we are nothing, even if we display awesome spiritual gifts. Jesus said to those who claimed their works before Him, "I never knew you." Faith without works is dead, as written by James(no! the other James <grin>) what works? Love in action, doing God's Word. Helping widows and orphans, treating people alike, watching what we say and 'write'(guarding the tongue).

No, people shouldn't fool themselves...it's extremely costly. God grant us hearts to love You and our neighbor as ourselves.

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