“The Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ” 12/18/2016 written by bruce r. mills

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      “The Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ” 

                              (Revised from 7/11/2013)

Here is the truth about sin, and how God’s grace through saving faith alone in the Lord Jesus Christ is given by God, to those who understand and obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ…

Romans 5:12… Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned— (NKJV)

 

Most people believe sin began in the Garden of Eden, but it didn’t.  Sin began when God’s top angel Lucifer, decided to flex his power, and wanted to become equal to God…Isaiah 14:12-14

Sin, by its very nature, is born into every human being, since Adam and Eve fell in the Garden of Eden, to the serpent’s (Satan’s) temptations.  This natural sin nature is part of everyone’s natural make-up, from the time they are young children, until the time that they pass on from this life.

That 3 year old, who is told NO by their parents, goes right ahead and disobeys their parents at the first chance they get.  This rebellion against their parents turns into rebellion against God, as a child grows older.  God hates sin, because it is independent rebellion against God; and will devastate the lives of everyone that remains living in sin…in bondage to Satan and the ways of the world…1 John 2:15-16

The sad truth about sin, is that it blinds the unbeliever…

2 Corinthians 4:4… whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them. (NKJV)   (More about “the light of the gospel” of our Lord Jesus Christ, later)

Satan is the father of sin (John 8:44), and a master of disguise.  The Apostle Paul warns us about false prophets, and Satan himself, in...

2 Corinthians 11:12-14… For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ. 14 And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. (NKJV)

Thank goodness God sent His Son Jesus Christ, born to the Virgin Mary (Matthew 1:18)…who’s shed blood on the cross at Calvary, will cleanse the sins of those who are first drawn in by God…

John 6:44… No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day. (NKJV)

Upon understanding and obeying the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, the sins of the unbeliever will be replaced with the perfect righteousness of Jesus Christ (Philippians 3:9…&…2 Corinthians 5:21)…as God’s free gift of grace, through saving faith alone in Jesus Christ, fills the heart, mind, and soul of the new redeemed child of God.

Ephesians 2:8-9… For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast. (NKJV)

There is nothing an unbeliever can do on their own merit.  No amount of good works done in the name of the Lord, can cleanse away sins.  All of our own righteousness is absolutely worthless…Isaiah 64:6…  Jesus warns those who falsely believe that their good works done in the name of the Lord (like going to church every week), will forgive sins…when Jesus warns those around Him (and us) about this, in.

Matthew 7:21-23… Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. 22 Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’” (NKJV)

Having one’s lifetime of sins forgiven, is pure grace given to the unredeemed sinner by God.  God’s grace is given by God to those who seek Jesus Christ to become their personal Lord and Savior, through a personal one on One relationship, that is established between the unredeemed sinner and Jesus Christ.

This is accomplished through saving faith alone in Jesus Christ, through obedience to the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, when the sinner realizes they can in no way save themselves, and turns to the Lord to receive God’s grace… (More about obeying the Gospel of Christ later)

So why should you desire to become a redeemed child of God ??  Very simply, to be in-dwelt with the Holy Spirit by God, to be supernaturally empowered to defeat Satan’s temptations, and our own carnal fleshly desires constantly urging us to sin… 1 John 2:15-16

The Holy Spirit living with-in the “born again” Christian, has been given to them by God to guide and direct EVERY facet of the redeemed child of God’s life…  It is the Holy Spirit that helps the Christian grow and mature the fruit of the Spirit, which the Apostle Paul pens, in…

Galatians 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23  gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.  (ESV)

Look at this list of attributes the Holy Spirit will empower you with !!

Love, Joy, and Peace, are the most important of these 9 fruit of the Spirit…

How would you like to have a supernatural love that surpasses your mortal knowledge (Ephesians 3:19)…  A love empowered by the Holy Spirit that will enable you to love even someone screaming in your face, as Jesus tells us to do, in…Matthew 5:43-44

And how about having a supernatural  joy that enables you to go through life’s most difficult trial, and still be able to find joy…  The Apostle James tells us about this joy, in…James 1:2-4

 And wouldn’t you like to have a supernatural peace that will allow you to look upon your own death…knowing without a shadow of a doubt that you will be face to face with Jesus in heaven, the instant you breath your last breath here on earth !!  (2 Corinthians 5:8)

This supernatural peace surpasses our mortal understanding, as the Apostle Paul pens, in…

Philippians 4:6-7 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God,which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (NKJV)

All of these God given blessings will be given to you by God, if you understand and obey the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ…  How is this done ??  You must pray to God, with what some call “the sinners prayer”, that should go something like this…

“Father I am sorry for my lifetime of sins…  I believe with ALL my heart, that Your Son Jesus suffered and died on the cross, shedding His blood to cleanse away all of my sins…  I believe that Jesus was buried, and rose again in 3 days…  I repent and turn from my sins with godly sorrow and a repentant heart…seeking Jesus Christ to come into my heart to direct my life…  Father, hear my plea to receive Your grace…  Grant me eternal life with You…  Fill me with the Holy Spirit…and I thank You and praise You in Jesus’ most precious name…Amen”

I can only tell you from my own personal experience…that I made this prayer seeking salvation several times, before God graced me with salvation.  It’s not the prayer that saves us; it is a changed heart that is regenerated by God Himself…  God knows our heart, and He will only grant saving grace to those who seek Jesus with ALL of their heart, mind soul, and strength…

God finally graced me with salvation when I prayed with true godly sorrow and a repentant heart…and I absolutely knew beyond any doubt, that I was just then a redeemed child of God…(Romans 8-16) It is   God’s decision, and God’s perfect timing, to grace someone with eternal life with Him in heaven.

Failure to obey the Gospel of Christ before you die will result in eternal separation from God, and you will forever forfeit your place in heaven…

2 Thessalonians 1:8-9  in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.These shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power,  (NKJV)

All Christians who are Walking in the Spirit (Galatians 5:16), should absolutely, positively know for sure, that they are indeed a redeemed child of God.  The Apostle Paul tells us this, in…

Romans 8:15-16…  For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.”  16 The Spirit Himself  bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, (NKJV)

There should be no doubts for the Spirit filled Christian about where they will be headed upon their death.  No wondering if they are good enough to get into heaven.  Because none of us are good enough…

Romans 3:23…  for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, (NKJV)    

The power of the Holy Spirit can and will conquer sin, by those who without question, have placed their lives in the hands of the Lord.  The Apostle James says this best, when he penned this, in…

James 4:7-8… Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. 8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. (NKJV)

My friends, these blessings of spiritual fruit are totally indescribable, and have to be experienced to be believed !!

For those who have been graced with salvation…we must do our best to remain walking in the Spirit…  We see this penned by the Apostle Paul, in…

Galatians 5:16…   I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.  (NKJV)

We as Christians can only remain filled with the Holy Spirit (as the Apostle Paul tells us in Ephesians 5:18-20), if we live in obedience to God’s will and God’s ways…  Any unconfessed sin will leave us in a state of broken (or at least hindered) fellowship with God…

To become righteous again in God’s eyes (from a practical standpoint, because we are always positionally righteous before God), we must confess our sins before the Lord…repent of them…and turn from them… We see this very clearly, as penned by the Apostle John, in…

1 John1:9… If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness(NKJV)

Living for the Lord, with the Holy Spirit in total charge of your life, is a blessing that I pray everyone will come to experience…

Heavenly Father, Your Word is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword…Hebrews 4:12-13… I pray Lord, that You would draw to Yourself those that don’t yet know You as their personal Lord and Savior…John 6:44…  And that the truth from Your Word through obedience to the Gospel of Your Son Jesus Christ, would set them free from Satan’s chains of bondage to sin and shame…John 8:32…  I pray for this fullness of Christ in all of our lives, in Jesus’ most precious name and for His sake…Amen…

Blessings in Christ, bruce r. mills

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P.S.  For those who still believe they can earn their own way into heaven, listen to John Piper’s audio on… “Can My Good Works Outweigh My Bad?

https://www.desiringgod.org/interviews/can-my-good-works-outweigh-my-bad

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“Grace” 9/21/2020 Written by Dr. Lawson Murry for “SEIZE The DAY”

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Grace

SEPTEMBER 18, 2020

 

But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it” Ephesians 4:7

Now what is grace? It’s God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense. “Grace is God’s love out loving itself” Anonymous. It’s God doing something for us that we couldn’t do for ourselves. It’s “free sovereign favour to the ill deserving” Benjamin Warfield. It’s “everything for nothing . . . going to those who cannot come in their own strength” Lehman Strauss. It’s “the kindness of God toward undeserving people” Warren Wiersbe. Or as A. W. Tozer says, “Grace is the good pleasure of God that inclines Him to bestow benefits on the undeserving.” Oh the grace of God. He shows kindness or favour, not because we merit help, but because He recognizes our desperate need and is moved by love and compassion to exercise His power to meet us at our point of need. Praise the Lord!

Which is why I want to “see to it that no one misses the grace of God” Hebrews 12:15. Consider the realities of God’s grace in the following selected scriptures:

God “gives grace to the humble” Proverbs 3:34.

“Grace and truth came through Jesus Christ” John 1:17.

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus” Romans 3:23-24.

“For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ” Romans 5:17.

“Sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law, but under grace” Romans 6:14.

“We have different gifts, according to the grace given us” Romans 12:6.

“And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work” 2 Corinthians 9:8.

“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness”

2 Corinthians 12:9.

“In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding” Ephesians 1:7-8.

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast” Ephesians 2:8-9.

“But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it” Ephesians 4:7.

“For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men” Titus 2:11.

“He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Saviour, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life” Titus 3:5-7.

With God’s grace in mind, be sure to “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen” 2 Peter 3:18.

Grace Alone

“Every promise we can make, every prayer and step of faith,

Every difference we will make, is only by His grace.

Every mountain we will climb, every ray of hope we shine,

Every blessing left behind, is only by His grace.

Grace alone which God supplies, strength unknown He will provide,

Christ in us our Cornerstone; we will go forth in grace alone.

“Every promise we can make, every prayer and step of faith,

Every difference we will make, is only by His grace.

Every mountain we will climb, every ray of hope we shine,

Every blessing left behind, is only by His grace.

Grace alone which God supplies, strength unknown He will provide,

Christ in us our Cornerstone; we will go forth in grace alone.

Every soul we long to reach, every heart we hope to teach,

Everywhere we share His peace, is only by His grace.

Every loving word we say, every tear we wipe away,

Every sorrow turned to praise, is only by His grace.”

Scott Wesley Brown and Jeff Nelson.

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P.S. (from bruce) When there is no other place to turn…turn to God !!  If you’re not a “born again” Christian, is the Holy Spirit urging you to open this link ??  Here is the truth for this most important days writing, about how God’s grace is received to become a Christian in God’s eyes; through understanding and obeying the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ…   https://godsmanforever.com

To my brothers and sisters in Christ, please feel free to share this message of the cross with those in need…

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“What flows from your heart?” 9/20/2020 Written by Dawn Ivey for “Drawing closer to Christ

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Guarding Your Heart – Heart Treasure

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What flows from your heart?

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SEPTEMBER 14, 2020 ~ DAWN

 

Proverbs 4:23 NIV, “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”

Our hearts are like sponges, absorbing everything our eyes and ears take in. Therefore, we must be careful! We must be careful to guard what we allow our eyes to see, and our ears to hear. Our hearts reflect what we believe, how we think, they reveal exactly who we are.

Hiding God’s Word in our hearts by meditating on it day and night, will keep our hearts pure and distance us from temptation and sin. We can always check on the condition of our hearts by comparing it to the truth of God’s Word. May our hearts reflect the love and light of Jesus in all we say and do.

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P.S. (from bruce) When there is no other place to turn…turn to God !!  If you’re not a “born again” Christian, is the Holy Spirit urging you to open this link ??  Here is the truth for this most important days writing, about how God’s grace is received to become a Christian in God’s eyes; through understanding and obeying the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ…   https://godsmanforever.com

To my brothers and sisters in Christ, please feel free to share this message of the cross with those in need…

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“Do you have your armor on !!” 9/19/2020 Written by Louis Mize, a Facebook friend

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Beyond Iron Man – Agents of Light

 

Written by Louis Mize, a Facebook friend  @  https://www.facebook.com/louis.mize

 

 

“Do you have your armor on !!”

 

 

The night is far spent, the day is at hand: Let us therefore cast off the works of darkness and let us put on the armor of light. Romans 13:12

 

The Bible is full of warnings to us about our need of repentance. History teaches mankind what happens to us when we turn our backs on God and forsake His Word. The consequences are NOT GOOD. The works of darkness are among the things hurting us and our country. You see, we can’t keep thumbing our noses at God and expect Him to bless us. America needs to turn to God with all our hearts and souls. We need the protection of His armor of light to be successful and great, and to prosper.


This morning, I am thanking God for providing His spiritual armor of protection; weapons of offense, and weapons of defense. And I’m asking Him to help us to have the good sense to come to Him in repentance and faith, humble ourselves before Him, to cast off the works of darkness, and to put on His armor, and never take it off again.

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P.S. (from bruce) When there is no other place to turn…turn to God !!  If you’re not a “born again” Christian, is the Holy Spirit urging you to open this link ??  Here is the truth for this most important days writing, about how God’s grace is received to become a Christian in God’s eyes; through understanding and obeying the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ…   https://godsmanforever.com

To my brothers and sisters in Christ, please feel free to share this message of the cross with those in need…

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“A Right to Lead” 9/18/2020 Posted by Alister Begg for www.truthforlife.org

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A Right to Lead

 

And they follow me.

John 10:27

We should follow our Lord as unhesitatingly as sheep follow their shepherd, for He has a right to lead us wherever He pleases. We are not our own, we are bought with a price—let us recognize the rights of the redeeming blood. The soldier follows his captain, the servant obeys his master, and so we must follow our Redeemer, to whom we are a purchased possession. We are not true to our profession of being Christians if we question the summons of our Leader and Commander.

Submission is our duty; quibbling is our folly. Our Lord may say to us what he said to Peter, “What is that to you? You follow Me!”1 Wherever Jesus may lead us, He goes before us. If we do not know where we go, we know with whom we go. With such a companion, who will dread the dangers of the journey?

The road may be long, but His everlasting arms will carry us to the end. The presence of Jesus is the assurance of eternal salvation; because He lives, we will live also. We should follow Christ in simplicity and faith, because the paths in which He leads us all end in glory and immortality. It is true that they may not be smooth paths—they may be covered with sharp, flinty trials; but they lead to “the city that has foundations, whose designer and maker is God.”2 All the paths of the Lord are mercy and truth to those who keep His covenant.

Let us put our complete trust in our Leader, since we know that in prosperity or adversity, sickness or health, popularity or contempt, His purpose will be worked out, and that purpose will be pure, unmingled good to every heir of mercy. We will find it sweet to go up the bleak side of the hill with Christ; and when rain and snow blow into our faces, His dear love will make us far more blessed than those who sit at home and warm their hands at the world’s fire. When Jesus draws us, we will run after Him. No matter where He leads us, we follow the Shepherd.

1) John 21:22
2) Hebrews 11:10

Devotional material is taken from “Morning and Evening,” written by C.H. Spurgeon, revised and updated by Alistair Begg. Copyright © 2003, Good News Publishers and used by Truth For Life with written permission.

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P.S. (from bruce) When there is no other place to turn…turn to God !!  If you’re not a “born again” Christian, is the Holy Spirit urging you to open this link ??  Here is the truth for this most important days writing, about how God’s grace is received to become a Christian in God’s eyes; through understanding and obeying the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ…   https://godsmanforever.com

To my brothers and sisters in Christ, please feel free to share this message of the cross with those in need…

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“When I Am Afraid, I Put my Trust in You” 9/17/2020 Posted by David Kitz for “I Love the Psalms”

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                             Proverbs 3:5 - Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean ...        

 

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When I Am Afraid, I Put my Trust in You

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Reading:Psalm 56
For the director of music. To the tune of “A Dove on Distant Oaks.”
Of David. 
miktam.
When the Philistines had seized him in Gath.
(Verses 1-7)
Be merciful to me, my God,
for my enemies are in hot pursuit;
all day long they press their attack.
My adversaries pursue me all day long;
in their pride many are attacking me.
When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.
In God, whose word I praise—
in God I trust and am not afraid.
What can mere mortals do to me?
All day long they twist my words;
all their schemes are for my ruin.
They conspire, they lurk,
they watch my steps, hoping to take my life.
Because of their wickedness do not let them escape;
in your anger, God, bring the nations down 
(NIV).*

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Reflection
In times of trouble David knew where to turn. With his enemies, the Philistines, surrounding him, he turned to God. Hear his bold confession, “When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise—in God I trust and am not afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?” 

David, the obvious answer is, “Mere mortals can torture and kill you.”

Despite this David remained confident. The Philistines could destroy his body but they could not harm his eternal spirit which was at peace—protected by God. Do you and I have the same confidence? That confidence can be ours if we put our trust in God.

Jesus warned his disciples, “Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell” (Matthew 10:28). The One we are to fear is God alone. Jesus perfectly demonstrated his trust in God the Father when he went to the cross on our behalf. There he was tortured and killed, but three days later he was vindicated by the Father, who raised him from the dead. Our redemption and salvation come from Jesus.

When we face mortal danger or a deadly prognosis may these words be on our lips and in our heart: When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise—in God I trust and am not afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?

Response: LORD God, right now I put my faith and trust in you. By the blood of Jesus you forgive all my sins and have paid the price for my redemption. When I am afraid, I turn to you. I put my trust in you alone. Amen.

Your TurnWho do you trust and turn to when bad news comes? Friends and family can provide support, but is your Father—your heavenly Father with you? Are you leaning into Him?

* NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION, COPYRIGHT ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 BY BIBLICA

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P.S. (from bruce) When there is no other place to turn…turn to God !!  If you’re not a “born again” Christian, is the Holy Spirit urging you to open this link ??  Here is the truth for this most important days writing, about how God’s grace is received to become a Christian in God’s eyes; through understanding and obeying the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ…   https://godsmanforever.com

To my brothers and sisters in Christ, please feel free to share this message of the cross with those in need…

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“Is Your Lamp Dimly or Divinely Lit ??” 9/16/2020 Written by bruce r. mills for “God’s group”

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“Is Your Lamp Dimly or Divinely Lit ??”

 

Proverbs 20:27…  The spirit of a man is the lamp of the Lord, Searching all the inner depths of his heart.  (NKJV)

 

My friends, as I was reading Proverbs chapter 20 the other day, in my daily quiet time reading…this verse jumped out at me…  If our spiritual lamp is not lit, then we are in darkness…  I believe this God given spirit is our conscience, and the lamp that God lights in every human being…  We are to use this “lamp of the Lord”, (though dimly lit)…to give us understanding of right and wrong…

 

Imagine a world, where no one has a conscience to help guide them in the right direction…  You think the world is going downhill now !!  Without a conscience in any of us…it would be a world with no signs of good…  Evil would prevail in every human being…  Without a conscience, we wouldn’t know we were guilty of sinning…

 

It is sin, that will diminish the lamp the Lord has given us…  At out best, because the heart is deceitful above all things (Jeremiah17:9), without God’s intervention…we will die in our sins, and not be heaven bound when we die…  Jesus tells us this Himself, in…

 

John 8:24…  “Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for if you do not believe that I am He, you will die in your sins.”  (NKJV)

 

Throughout the Bible, Jesus is referred to as the Light…  [see Reference number 1. Below for a link with 34 verses about the light of Christ] 

 

Here is one my favorites…

 

John 8:12…  Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”  (NKJV)

 

This light of life is the Divine Light of Christ, which indwells the heart of every “born again” believer…  Without the light of Christ within our heart, we will never be able to live a life that will be pleasing to God…  We won’t have the Holy Spirit living within us, to guide and direct us as our live-in, lifelong Helper… 

 

King David knew that he needed God’s help to guide him safely through life’s most difficult struggles…  We see David’s plea for God to search his heart, and reveal the hidden sins we are all capable of harboring, in this scripture…   (David wrote half of the Book of Psalms)

 

Psalm 139:23-24…  Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties; 24 And see if there is any wicked way in me, And lead me in the way everlasting.  (NKJV)

 

We see King David’s son Solomon, who wrote half of the Book of Proverbs, give us wise instructions, in this scripture…

 

Proverbs 3:5-7…  Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the Lord and depart from evil.
  (NKJV)

 

Since Solomon was the wisest man there ever was (1 Kings 4:29-30), we would do well to heed these words of wisdom…

 

So how does one Trust in the Lord with all your heart ??  God gives us the “good news” gospel message that our sins can be forgiven…  But we must hear (or read about), understand, and then respond by obeying this message of the cross with godly sorrow, and a repentant heart…seeking the Lord Jesus Christ to become our personal Lord and Savior…   Seek the Lord, while He may still be foundIsaiah 55:6-7…  And take your dimly lit lamp of the Lord, and light it up with the “Divine Light of Christ” !!   [See P.S. below, for a gospel presentation]

 

And once you’re “born again” as a new creation in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17-18), keep your focus on the Lord Jesus Christ, and never lose the fire God has indwelt you with…  I equate this fire to the presence of the Holy Spirit, which like God in the burning bush that Moses observed in Exodus 3:1-17, was burning bright by God’s presence, but not being consuming by the fire…   

 

I wrote perhaps the most important post in my 10 years of writing, that I have titled… “Are You a Christian in God’s Eyes, and  ON FIREfor the Lord, or not ??”, that you can read in Reference number 2. Below…  I urge every reader to open and read this most important post…  If you ARE ON FIREfor the Lord…then share the link with someone who isn’t…  The unsaved are all around us, my friends !!  Do as Jesus commanded us in His last spoken words, before ascending into heaven…

 

Matthew 28:19-20  “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.  (NKJV)

 

When you are filled with the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 5:18-20), and are then Walking in the Spirit (Galatians 5:16), God will be free to bless you beyond belief, with the spiritual fruit that the Apostle Paul pens in…

 

Galatians 5:22-23…  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.  (NKJV)

 

I don’t know about you…but I wouldn’t be able to get through the day, without the guidance and direction of the Holy Spirit urging me to do what is right in God’s eyes…  It really gives you a sense of peace, knowing that God is sovereign, and in control of all that you say and do…  You just have to humble yourself, and let God do what He does best !!  You WILL find rest for your soul…  (Matthew 11:28-30)

 

Gracious God and heavenly Father…I thank You and praise You for Your life changing presence in my life…  I pray Father, that You would urge any reader not ON FIRE for You…to open and read this most important, perhaps life changing post in Reference number 2. Below…  I pray Father, that You would not let any reader rest…until they seek Your face, and come to You with godly sorrow and a repentant heart…  It is only by Your grace, that they will find rest for their souls…  I pray for all lives to be changed by You, with hearts set ON FIRE by the power of the Holy Spirit, in Jesus’ most precious name and for His sake…Amen…

 

 

Blessings in Christ,  bruce

 

 

References:

  1. 34 verses about Jesus is light –  https://www.openbible.info/topics/light_of_christ

  2. Are you “ON FIRE” for the Lord ??- https://godsmanforever.com/2020/08/01/are-you-a-christian-in-gods-eyes-and-on-fire-for-the-lord-or-not/

 

P.S.  When there is no other place to turn…turn to God !!  If you’re not a “born again” Christian, is the Holy Spirit urging you to open this link ??  Here is the truth for this most important days writing, about how God’s grace is received to become a Christian in God’s eyes; through understanding and obeying the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ…   https://godsmanforever.com

 

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“Small Victories” 9/15/2020 Written by my friend Bill Sweeney, stricken with ALS 24 years ago

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Written by my friend Bill Sweeney, stricken with ALS 24 years ago.  He now writes by use of an eye-tracking computer, with only his eye movements.  Bill’s “Unshakable Hope” should give us all a reason to count our blessings !!  (bruce)

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Small Victories

I haven’t posted in a while, so I thought I would share this short word of encouragement with my friends in the blogosphere.

For the last year or so, I’ve needed to wear my breathing mask 24/7. The last month or so has been more difficult. Even removing the mask to transfer in and out of my wheelchair left me gasping for air. (That’s obviously not the encouraging part:-)

But a strange thing happened to me a few days ago. Mary removed my breathing mask to get me out of bed around 6:30 that morning. After plopping me in the wheelchair, she then pulled the breathing machine over and started to put the mask on me. I stopped her. I was breathing just fine on my own. It felt so good to breathe without the assistance of a machine. I made it to 11:30 without my breathing mask – five hours!

I’m thankful for life’s victories, even the relatively small victories like breathing on my own for five hours. It’s the small victories that give us the confidence to believe for bigger victories. It’s the small victories that build our faith and hope. It’s the small victories that give us the strength to press on.

I’ve had ALS for 24 years, but I’m still believing God for small and BIG victories. I hope that you are, too.

He’s a big God!

“Thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”   (1 Corinthians 15:57).

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P.S. (from bruce) When there is no other place to turn…turn to God !!  If you’re not a “born again” Christian, is the Holy Spirit urging you to open this link ??  Here is the truth for this most important days writing, about how God’s grace is received to become a Christian in God’s eyes; through understanding and obeying the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ…   https://godsmanforever.com

To my brothers and sisters in Christ, please feel free to share this message of the cross with those in need…

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“Come Home” 9/14/2020 Written by Beth Andrews for “Deeper Roots”

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Come Home

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Quick!  Bring the best robe and put it on him.  Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet (Luke 15:22).

When I was a girl I always loved to dress up in my mom’s things, especially her jewelry.  She had a beautiful necklace that I adored with blue and green stones all around it that caught the light with a thousand sparkles.  I played with it constantly.  When I put it on, I felt so beautiful and elegant – just like my Mama!

Little girls in mama’s jewelry.  Little boys in daddy’s shoes.  Children love to borrow their parent’s things because they want to be just like them.  But somewhere along the way, those children grow up and reject what they once emulated.  They don’t want to be like their parents anymore, they want to be their own person and live their own life.  That was the story of the Prodigal Son in Luke 15.  This young man wanted life on his terms so he demanded his share of the father’s estate (essentially telling his father that he wished the old man was dead) and left for the world beyond his father’s house.  But wild nights and parties with friends soon exhausted his supply. Alone and hungry, he decided to return home. He was a defeated man and didn’t even think himself worthy to be his father’s son.  But his father had never counted his son out.  He had looked for him every day.  And when he saw him, he ran to him. He told his servants, “Bring the best robe . . . and a ring” (Luke 15:22).  The best robe was the father’s robe, the ring was the father’s ring.  The overjoyed father was claiming his son again.

I don’t know where you’ve wandered or how long you’ve been away.  I don’t know what worldly things you’ve wasted your life on.  But I know that God has been watching the road, ready to welcome you home. Take one step toward Him Beloved and He will run to you. Come home child – Your Father is holding a robe and crown of Righteousness for you (Isaiah 61:10, 2 Timothy 4:8).

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P.S. (from bruce) When there is no other place to turn…turn to God !!  If you’re not a “born again” Christian, is the Holy Spirit urging you to open this link ??  Here is the truth for this most important days writing, about how God’s grace is received to become a Christian in God’s eyes; through understanding and obeying the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ…   https://godsmanforever.com

To my brothers and sisters in Christ, please feel free to share this message of the cross with those in need…

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“In the Waiting Room” 9/13/2020 Written by Nancy Ruegg for “From the Inside Out”

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In the Waiting Room

September 10, 2020 by Nancy Ruegg

I read the poster, then checked my watch—again. It was time to notify.

“Excuse me, but my appointment with Dr. D. was at 10:30 and it is now 11:15.” I spoke in even tones that belied my frustration.

The receptionist referred to the schedule on her computer. “Thank you,” she responded pleasantly. “I’ll check to see what the problem is.”

Returning to my seat, I expected to be called shortly, but it still took ten to fifteen minutes. Another annoyance: no one ever explained the delay or apologized.

No doubt you’ve endured similar experiences. Waiting nearly always creates nuisance no matter how many magazines they provide. Who hasn’t been stuck in the waiting areas of car repair shops, office buildings, and airports—when we’ve places to go and things to do?

But those aren’t the only forced pauses we face. At one time or another all of us spend time in the waiting room of life—as we anticipate achieving a long-term goal, receiving that long-awaited email or phone call, or seeing an ongoing prayer finally answered.

How are we supposed to handle the interminable pauses in life?

The following truths promise to ease our frustration and offer hope.

In God’s view, to wait is not to waste.

There is always purpose in God’s delays. King David wrote, “A person’s steps are directed by the Lord” (Psalm 37:23 GNT). Next to this verse in the margin of his Bible, George Mueller wrote: “And the stops too” (1).

Just what might God be doing during the stops? He often uses wait time to work on our character, transforming pride into humility, doubt into faith, weakness into strength, and impatience into serenity.

A time of waiting provides a time for discovery.

As we turn attentive hearts toward gratitude for what is, praise for who God is, and satisfaction in serving him now wherever he has placed us, we’ll discover contentement.  With Paul we’ll be able to say:

“The heart is rich when it is content, and it is content when its desires are set upon God,” wrote Miguel of Ecuador (2).

On the other hand, a heart cannot be content if set primarily upon an attainment in the future.

Waiting is part of the wonder to come.

It’s a basic principle of investment: the longer we wait, the greater our return. Delay enhances delight.

And one day we’ll finally receive the explanation for the pauses in our lives. No doubt our eyes will widen in wonder to see all that God accomplished when in our view, progress stood still.

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I thank you, Heavenly Father, that we can trust you during wait times.

You know the perfect sequence and timetable for events to unfold; we do not. You see the whole picture—the lives of others who will be impacted during this wait time; we cannot.

So may we rest on what we do know: You are a God of goodness, faithfulness, and wisdom. The one who trusts in you, whose confidence is in you, is blessed.

(Psalm 130:5; Psalm 139:16; 1 Thessalonians 5:24;

Psalm 100:5; Romans 11:33; Jeremiah 17:7)

Notes:

  1. George Müller (1805-1898) founded schools and orphanages in Bristol, England, in the early 1800s, providing care for thousands of children.  His testimony of great faith included numerous miracles of provision for the orphans under his care.
  2. Miguel of Ecuador (1854-1910)–teacher and author

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P.S. (from bruce) When there is no other place to turn…turn to God !!  If you’re not a “born again” Christian, is the Holy Spirit urging you to open this link ??  Here is the truth for this most important days writing, about how God’s grace is received to become a Christian in God’s eyes; through understanding and obeying the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ…   https://godsmanforever.com

To my brothers and sisters in Christ, please feel free to share this message of the cross with those in need…

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“Why do we resist freedom?” 9/12/2020 Written by Mel Wild for “In My Father’s House”

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Why do we resist freedom?

What is it about us as human beings that we resist being truly free? Why do we prefer to be held by fear, to be the victim or the perpetrator, the oppressed or the oppressor? Why do we cling to our woundedness? I’m asking myself this question: what lies am I believing about myself and those around me that keeps me from being all that God created me to be?

We were created by God to live in complete freedom. I’m not even sure we know what that looks like. But I do know that Jesus paid the ultimate price to make sure God’s promise of freedom would be fulfilled. Here’s what Paul tells us:

Christ has set us free to live a free life. So take your stand! Never again let anyone put a harness of slavery on you. (Gal.5:1 MSG)

We must take a stand for freedom. Freedom is not passive but must be intentionally maintained. It’s like swimming against a strong current, if we’re not diligent we’ll go backwards. We may even sink and drown in our self-deception.

Let’s look at this “strong current.”

Do we allow ourselves to be enslaved to religious legalism because we won’t let go of our guilt and shame…or ego? Are we in servitude to political agendas and ideologies that promise us freedom but only keep us bound to their cause? I think this last question is especially appropriate for the time we live in right now.

We’re being constantly bombarded with marketing messages that tell us we’re missing something, that we’re not enough without “X.” How much money do we throw away chasing after an illusion because of a lie we believe about ourselves? Just look at the junk in your garage or closet for the answer.

Do we follow Twitter feeds more than Christ? Following our favorite pop stars, celebrities, and sports idols, like anything they might have to say could give us truth that makes us free?

What about political ideologies that divide us into “us vs. them,” economic status, race, gender, oppressed and oppressors, that plays on guilt because of skin color, that won’t let go of past sins, that forever separates what God has brought together in Christ?

28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. (Gal.3:28 NASB)

Do we actually believe this? Then we must renounce whatever divides us.

Did you know that many of Caesar’s slaves were more free than Caesar himself in Paul’s day? These household servants were free because of Christ, not because of their social status.

21 Greet all God’s people in Christ Jesus. The brothers and sisters who are with me send greetings. 22 All God’s people here send you greetings, especially those who belong to Caesar’s household. (Phil.4:21-22 NIV*)

By the way, Paul was in prison when he said this! Freedom has nothing to do with your circumstances.

These believers in Rome, the center of first century civilization, worshiped together freely as one people: the most affluent with the slave. And they enjoyed a freedom far superior to anything social status or wealth could ever hope to bring.

By saying there are differences between us as human beings, we are denying Christ.

We cannot put our cultural indoctrinations over Christ, no matter how just these ideologies seem to be to us.

Beloved, please hear this: you are not a victim. You are “more than a  conqueror!” (Rom.8:37). But you can become an unwitting volunteer through empty and deceitful philosophies, like identity politics instead of your identity in Christ (see Col.2:8-10).

Do you want social justice? Good for you. Do you know how we will ever achieve it? Not through government or activist organizations, but through Christ. In fact, He has already done it! And when we truly follow Him, we will truly be one.

23 I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. (John 17:23 NIV)

The early church that turned the world upside-down had no social class distinction, no victims, no oppressed or oppressors, no gender inequality. All were one because all let go of their former life for Christ’s life.

20 “My old identity has been co-crucified with Messiah and no longer lives; for the nails of his cross crucified me with him. And now the essence of this new life is no longer mine, for the Anointed One lives his life through me—we live in union as one! My new life is empowered by the faith of the Son of God who loves me so much that he gave himself for me, and dispenses his life into mine! (Gal.2:20 TPT)

I like how the NIV renders Galatians 5:1:

It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.

Did you let your heart hear that? It was for freedom! Freedom from fear, shame, guilt, oppression, depression, anxiety, hatred, revenge, addictions, division….from all of our self-indulgent foolishness. Don’t yoke yourself again to what Christ came to free you from.

During this crazy year where it seems everything has come unhinged, let’s not be driven by fear or popular culture. Let’s be wonderfully led by Christ, and let’s give Him His full reward by walking in His freedom. Amen.

* All emphasis added.

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P.S. (from bruce) When there is no other place to turn…turn to God !!  If you’re not a “born again” Christian, is the Holy Spirit urging you to open this link ??  Here is the truth for this most important days writing, about how God’s grace is received to become a Christian in God’s eyes; through understanding and obeying the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ…   https://godsmanforever.com

To my brothers and sisters in Christ, please feel free to share this message of the cross with those in need…

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