“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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“God’s Treasured Possession” 6/17/2021 Posted by David Kitz for “I Love the Psalms”

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God’s Treasured Possession

04FridayJun 2021

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Reading: Psalm 135:8-14

He struck down the firstborn of Egypt,
the firstborn of people and animals.
He sent his signs and wonders into your midst, Egypt,
against Pharaoh and all his servants.
He struck down many nations
and killed mighty kings—
Sihon king of the Amorites,
Og king of Bashan,
and all the kings of Canaan—
and he gave their land as an inheritance,
an inheritance to his people Israel.
Your name, LORD, endures forever,
your renown, LORD, through all generations.
For the LORD will vindicate his people
and have compassion on his servants
 (NIV).*

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The cove on the Ottawa River, Orleans, ON — photo by David Kitz

 

Reflection

Psalm 135 began with a call for the LORD’s people to praise Him. For the LORD has chosen Jacob to be his own, Israel to be his treasured possession (v. 4).

In today’s reading, the psalmist continues by recounting how Israel came to be God’s treasured possessionIt happened as the result of a great cosmic struggle. The descendants of the patriarch Israel (who was also called Jacob) were enslaved in Egypt. There they toiled under cruel taskmasters until by the hand of Moses the LORD sent his signs and wonders into their midstAfter ten terrible plagues, Pharaoh finally relented and set God’s people free. Nevertheless, Pharaoh changed his mind and sent his army to pursue Israel. Again at the Red Sea, the LORD intervened. He parted the sea, for His chosen people, but brought it crashing down upon Egypt’s army.

Make no mistake; you too are part of a great cosmic struggle. You were born into a world that is under the control of Satan. Jesus called our adversary the ruler, or prince of this world (John 16:11). We were born under Satan’s authority and within his domain just as the Hebrew children were born into a state slavery in the land of Egypt. As we grow up, Satan has his taskmasters, who set us to work doing his bidding. It begins as we bow to peer pressure, but soon those things we choose begin to assert control. We can soon find ourselves in a downward spiral, imprisoned by sinful habits.

Only Jesus can liberate us from this bondage. At the cross He paid the full price for our redemption. Crossing the Red Sea foreshadows the New Testament sacrament of baptism. It signals our break with the old life—the old bondage. See 1 Corinthians 10:1-4. We have a new master now. His name is Jesus. He is the great liberator. He liberates us from the bondage of sin, and the taunts of the Accuser, who insists that we will never be good enough. But Jesus is our sufficiency. By His grace we are saved.

Response: Father God, I thank you for liberation. Through Jesus you freed me from the bondage of sin. I am eternally grateful. Fill me with the joy of your salvation. You saved me. Hallelujah! Amen.

Your Turn: Have you been liberated from the bondage of sin? What did that feel like?

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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 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…

You say you are a “born again” believer…  BUT is your soul ON FIRE for the Lord ??  If not, open this link – https://godsmanforever.com/2020/08/01/are-you-a-christian-in-gods-eyes-and-on-fire-for-the-lord-or-not/

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“A Strong Foundation of Love and Peace” 6/16/2021 Written by Beth Andrews for “Deeper Roots”

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A Strong Foundation of Love and Peace

POSTED ON JUNE 15, 2021 BY BETH ANDREWS

I began praying for my granddaughter before she was born and have prayed every day since. I pray for her health, protection, provision, and growth and I pray Ephesians 3:17-19 over her. “That Joy, being rooted and established in love, may have power together with all the saints to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that she may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” That part, “to know this love that surpasses knowledge” always puzzled me.  It brings to mind Philippians 4:7 that says that “the peace of God, which surpasses understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” How can you know something that surpasses knowledge and understanding? This is a beautiful expression in both verses and it means to take firm possession of something that has complete authority over you and gives you an assurance that cannot be overridden. Specifically, in the terminology for Philippians 4:7, it means to have a superior hold of the mind in reference to “alarm and agitating emotions.” So I am praying that the love of Christ would rule and reign over her. Yes, she is only 2 years old, but I’m praying a foundation for the rest of her life. And I’m partnering with God in “rooting and establishing” her in love so that one day when she is a little older, she will be able to grasp the immense love God has for her. Is there a more important job for a grandmother?

Beloved, the love and peace of Christ are available to you too – today – right in the midst of anxious, frustrating, heartbreaking circumstances. The key is in the verses that surround these two verses – about living in God’s grace, rejoicing in the Lord always, trusting in His presence, praying about everything with thanksgiving, and keeping your thoughts focused on the good stuff.

I encourage you with all my heart to sit with your Bible and a fresh cup of coffee and meditate on Philippians 4:4-9. Then “the God of peace will be with you” in ways you cannot understand, but you can certainly know and rest in.

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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 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…

You say you are a “born again” believer…  BUT is your soul ON FIRE for the Lord ??  If not, open this link – https://godsmanforever.com/2020/08/01/are-you-a-christian-in-gods-eyes-and-on-fire-for-the-lord-or-not/

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“The Power of God” 6/15/2021 Written by Anne Cetas for “Our Daily Bread”

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June 14

The Power of God

My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.

Psalm 121:2

 

Today’s Scripture & Insight:

Psalm 121

Rebecca and Russell’s doctors told them they couldn’t have children. But God had other ideas—and ten years later Rebecca conceived. The pregnancy was a healthy one; and when the contractions started, the couple excitedly rushed to the hospital. Yet the hours of labor grew long and more intense, and Rebecca’s body still wasn’t progressing enough for delivery. Finally, the doctor decided she needed to perform an emergency C-section. Fearful, Rebecca sobbed for her baby and herself. The doctor calmly assured her, saying, “I will do my best, but we’re going to pray to God because He can do more.” She prayed with Rebecca, and fifteen minutes later, Bruce, a healthy baby boy, was born.

That doctor understood her dependence on God and His power. She recognized that although she had the training and skill to do the surgery, she still needed God’s wisdom, strength, and help to guide her hands (Psalm 121:1–2).

It’s encouraging to hear about highly skilled people, or of anyone, who recognize they need Him—because, honestly, we all do. He’s God; we’re not. He alone “is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine” (Ephesians 3:20). Let’s have a humble heart to learn from Him and to trust Him in prayer “because He can do more” than we ever could.

By:  Anne Cetas

Reflect & Pray

How have you gained an understanding of your own need for God and His power? How is this dependence seen in your daily life?

I need You and Your wisdom and power, God, for decisions, skill, work, relationships—all of my life.

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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 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…

You say you are a “born again” believer…  BUT is your soul ON FIRE for the Lord ??  If not, open this link – https://godsmanforever.com/2020/08/01/are-you-a-christian-in-gods-eyes-and-on-fire-for-the-lord-or-not/

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“The pathway to true freedom” 6/14/2021 Written by Mel Wild for “In My Father’s House”

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THE TRUTH WILL SET YOU FREE (John 8:32) – LA VERDAD TE LIBERARÁ (Juan 8:32)  – DINING WITH JESUS PRODUCTIONS

 

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The pathway to true freedom

I talked about entering into a “cooperative process with Jesus” last time. Now, I would like to do a deep dive into Matthew chapter seven to help us better understand what Jesus is telling us here.  This should be important to us if we want to walk in the freedom that Jesus promises us (see John 8:31-32).

When looking at Matthew seven, we need to consider two things. First, this chapter is the end of one single teaching, often referred to as “The Sermon on the Mount.” You could look at chapters five and six as what it looks to be led by the Spirit and be a mature son or daughter of the kingdom, and chapter seven giving us some practical instruction in how to get there!

The second thing we need to consider is that all of chapter seven is about one thing—the pathway to true freedom. Every verse explains and compares authentic faith to religious hypocrisy. I trust you’ll see that as we go.

The first five verses describe a person who has no self-awareness and has not entered into the cooperative process with Jesus:

“Refuse to be a critic full of bias toward others, and you will not be judged.For you’ll be judged by the same standard that you’ve used to judge others. The measurement you use on them will be used on you.Why would you focus on the flaw in someone else’s life and fail to notice the glaring flaws of your own?How could you say to your friend, ‘Let me show you where you’re wrong,’ when you’re guilty of even more?You’re being hypercritical and a hypocrite! First acknowledge and deal with your own ‘blind spots,’ and then you’ll be capable of dealing with the ‘blind spot’ of your friend. (Matt.7:1-5 TPT*)

This passage is used a lot, like in “you shouldn’t judge me….” It’s always pointed at someone else because we’d rather point out other people’s flaws than honestly deal with our own.

We’re all hypocritical by default, so the first step to discovery is to acknowledge our own “blind spots.” As I mentioned last time, we don’t know our own heart. We’re quite capable of holding two conflicting thoughts at the same time. For instance, we might say we’re for grace, yet think it’s okay to hold on to unforgiveness. I hope you understand that these two things cannot coexist! The truth is, only Jesus can reveal the deepest issues within us—the true intents and secrets of the heart, even unknown to us (Heb.4:12). This is why this cooperative process is critical to our freedom and maturity.

This is also why we need to learn the art of letting the Bible study us.

From this premise, let’s continue.

“Who would hang earrings on a dog’s ear or throw pearls in front of wild pigs? They’ll only trample them under their feet and then turn around and tear you to pieces! (Matt.7:6 TPT)

What a strange verse to stick here! What is Jesus trying to tell us (in context with what we just read)?

Earrings and pearls are symbols of precious spiritual truths given to us by God. We’re given “ears to hear and eyes to see” from the Spirit because our heart is open to them. But those with a closed heart will just trample “underfoot” these “jewels” of revelation truth.

This is why it’s a waste of time to talk to someone about the things of God when their heart is closed. A closed heart is a closed mind; it’s someone who won’t receive anything from God. Let’s move on…

“Ask, and the gift is yours. Seek, and you’ll discover. Knock, and the door will be opened for you. For every persistent one will get what he asks for. Every persistent seeker will discover what he longs for. And everyone who knocks persistently will one day find an open door. (Matt.7:7-8 TPT*)

We need to ask, what are we seeking here? What are we trying to discover? We’ll “find an open door” to what, exactly?

Well, if we actually read these verses in their context, we conclude that what we’re seeking is freedom from our issues we had when we came to Jesus.

As we persistently cooperation with Him, we discover the following:

  • We realize who we are in Him!

  • We uncover the lies we believe that keep us in bondage.

  • God graciously reveals our “blind spots” to us, removing the “log” from our perception so that we begin seeing ourselves and others the way Jesus does.

Again, without this discovery process, we’ll stay stuck in our own issues and remain hypocritical and spiritually superficial. So these verses are not about asking persistently for “stuff”; they’re about growing up as a mature son or daughter of our heavenly Father!

In the last part of this section of the chapter, Jesus adds this word of encouragement:

“Do you know of any parent who would give his hungry child, who asked for food, a plate of rocks instead? 10 Or when asked for a piece of fish, what parent would offer his child a snake instead? 11 If you, imperfect as you are, know how to lovingly take care of your children and give them what’s best, how much more ready is your heavenly Father to give wonderful gifts to those who ask him?” (Matt.7:9-11 TPT*)

First, by entering into this cooperative process we learn the true nature of God—that He is a GOOD FATHER. In fact, if we don’t believe this, we won’t persistently seek Him to discover the truth that makes us free. (You won’t be intimate with someone you think is only tolerating you because He has his “Jesus” glasses on!)

Second, this tells us what a good father does. He brings his children into a relational maturation process, helping them to understand who they are, and what it means to be part of his family (see also Heb.12:5-11)

The father also is the one who gives his son or daughter a sense of identity and value. Without this “fathering,” the child will grow up like an orphan, not knowing how loved he or she is, or even who they are as a person. On a side note, I submit that fatherlessness is why there’s so much confusion in our society today.

I will continue my deep dive into this cooperative process with Jesus next time.

* 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 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…

 

You say you are a “born again” believer…  BUT is your spirit ON FIRE for the Lord ??  If not, open this link – https://godsmanforever.com/2020/08/01/are-you-a-christian-in-gods-eyes-and-on-fire-for-the-lord-or-not/

 

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“The Right Words” 6/13/2021 Written by Bruce R. Mills for “Gods group”

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“The Right Words”

 

Proverbs 15:1  A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger(KJV)

 

Friends, the words that we speak, and the tone of our voice can destroy a relationship, can cost us our job, and can create many other negative reactions that I would be quite sure God would not approve of…  But by using the right words in the right tone of voice, can stop a possible confrontation dead in it’s tracks !!

 

My grandmother would recite the opening scripture to us every time she caught me and/or my 2 sisters in an argument over whatever kids at our young age would fight over…

 

The wordsA soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger didn’t make much sense to us kids who were only 4, 5, or 6 years old…  But hearing that scripture verse enough times has stuck in my mind 65 years later !!

 

The words that we speak will show those around us what is truly in our heart…  Scripture tells us thus with words spoken by Jesus, and recorded by the Apostle Matthew, in…

 

Matthew 15:18-19…  But those things which proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and they defile a man. 19 For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies.  (NKJV)

 

God’s Word also teaches us this about the words that we speak, written by the Apostle Paul, in…

 

Ephesians 4:29…   Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.  (NKJV)

 

We should think before we open our mouth, and speak only words that will build a person up…not tear them down…  This will “impart grace to the hearers”, just like the grace that Jesus shows His redeemed, “born again” children, each and every day of their lives…

 

The Apostle James has this to say about our tongue, in…

 

James 3:8-9…  But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God. 10 Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so.   (NKJV)

 

But there is someone that can help us control our tongue, so that we won’t lash back in anger to someone screaming in our face !!  And that “someone” is the Holy Spirit that God indwells every “born again” Christian with, to help them with their words, their actions, and their deeds in order to be able to live lives that are pleasing to God !!

 

So many people say they are Christians, but they are Christians in name only…  Only God can turn a heart of stone into a heart of flesh filled with the love of Christ…  We see this very plainly expressed by God in this scripture…

 

Ezekiel 36:26-28…   I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh27 I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them28 Then you shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; you shall be My people, and I will be your God.  (NKJV)

 

So what does God use to change a heart of stone into a heart filled with the love of Christ ??  God uses His Word, the Bible…Pastors with their sharing of the gospel of Christ…and everyday believers like myself that have been commanded by Jesus Christ Himself to share the gospel, in His last spoken word to His disciples (and us) 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)

 

Yes, we as “born again” Christians have been commanded to share our testimony and/or the gospel of Christ with those around us who are not yet saved by God’s grace alone, by saving faith alone in the Lord Jesus Christ…  These unbelievers must understand the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, and obey it in order to have their lifetime of sins forgiven and cleansed from their body by the shed blood of Jesus Christ on the cross at Calvary…  Failure to do so before we die can separate us from God for an eternity…  God clearly tells us this in this scripture written by the Apostle Paul, in…

 

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 ChristThese shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power,  (NKJV)

 

The gospel (meaning good news) message of our Lord Jesus Christ is presented in the P.S. below, for those who want to seek the Lord while He may still be found (Isaiah 55:6-7) before they die…  My friends, the Bible does not speak of Purgatory…  If you pass on before becoming a “born again” Christian you will die in your sins, and be separated by God forever…

 

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)

 

Friends you must believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and that He died on the cross, was buried, and rose from the grave… You must confess your sins with godly sorrow, and a repentant heart…seeking Jesus Christ to come into your heart to guide and direct you in all you say and do… 

 

Gracious God and heavenly Father, I pray You would open the eyes of those that don’t yet know Your Son Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior…  Your Word is living and powerful, sharper than any two-edged sword…Hebrews 4:12…  I pray that You would draw them in (John 6:44), and I pray that you would urge them to open and obey Your good news message of the cross found below…  I pray that You would change many hearts and lives today, by gracing them with salvation; and that they would continue to walk in and by the full power of the Holy Spirit You have given all believers, to live lives that will be pleasing to You…  I pray for all of this in Jesus’ most precious name, and for His sake…Amen

 

Blessings in Christ,  bruce

 

P.S. Here is the link for the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ-  https://godsmanforever.com/2016/12/19/the-gospel-of-our-lord-jesus-christ-12182016-written-by-bruce-r-mills/

 

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“Disciples Wanted” 6/12/2021 Written by Dr. Lawson Murry for “SEIZE The DAY”

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Mark 8:34 And He summoned the crowd with His disciples, and said to them,  “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his  cross and follow

 

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Disciples Wanted

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Disciples Wanted

 

“Anyone who does not carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple” Luke 14:27  (NIV)

 

Someone once said to me, “Lawson, there are no real disciples today. There are followers of Jesus, but no disciples. No one really fits the Biblical description of a disciple.” It was one of those random comments that got me thinking; wondering if what he said was true. And then a flash of creativity and an imaginary advertisement came to mind  (cf. below)

Disciples Wanted

 

Gender – males and females may apply

 

Nationality – all welcomed

 

Age limit – none

 

Hours – 168 per week

 

Pay – $0

 

Experience – not required, but toughness and resilience is helpful

 

Retirement benefits – out of this world

 

Work conditions – expect hassles, discrimination, or persecution

 

Expectations – mostly give and no take

 

Benefits – no breaks, no vacations, and no sick leave

 

Promotion – one at the end of your life

 

Applicants must sacrifice everything, study long, pray hard, labor unceasingly, and be willing to be called a “fool” for Christ. The job’s not easy. You’ll sometimes work alone, but you’ll never be alone. People in this line of work are in the minority. Applicants must be prepared to live among the sympathetic and antagonistic, among the understanding and prejudiced. Applicants must realize that identification with our organization may make them unpopular. Be prepared to live anywhere on earth. Before signing up, applicants must relinquish all rights, legal or otherwise to all personal property such as cars, houses, real estate, money, recreational vehicles, stocks and shares, inheritances . . . in fact everything. Applicants are urged to consider strongly their decision to come on board, since our policy is that there is no getting out once in! “No one who puts his hand to the plough and looks back is fit for the Kingdom of God.” Though this position is hazardous, there are great rewards and satisfaction. We believe that “in due season we shall reap if we don’t faint.” Those interested may apply at the foot of the cross.

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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 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…

 

You say you are a “born again” believer…  BUT are you ON FIRE for the Lord ??  If not, open this link – https://godsmanforever.com/2020/08/01/are-you-a-christian-in-gods-eyes-and-on-fire-for-the-lord-or-not/

 

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“What does the Bible say about anger?” 6/11/2021 Posted by www.gotquestions.org

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What does the Bible say about anger?

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Handling anger is an important life skill. Christian counselors report that 50 percent of people who come in for counseling have problems dealing with anger. Anger can shatter communication and tear apart relationships, and it ruins both the joy and health of many. Sadly, people tend to justify their anger instead of accepting responsibility for it. Everyone struggles, to varying degrees, with anger. Thankfully, God’s Word contains principles regarding how to handle anger in a godly manner, and how to overcome sinful anger.

Anger is not always sin. There is a type of anger of which the Bible approves, often called “righteous indignation.” God is angry (Psalm 7:11Mark 3:5), and it is acceptable for believers to be angry (Ephesians 4:26). Two Greek words in the New Testament are translated as “anger.” One means “passion, energy” and the other means “agitated, boiling.” Biblically, anger is God-given energy intended to help us solve problems. Examples of biblical anger include David’s being upset over hearing Nathan the prophet sharing an injustice (2 Samuel 12) and Jesus’ anger over how some of the Jews had defiled worship at God’s temple in Jerusalem (John 2:13-18). Notice that neither of these examples of anger involved self-defense, but a defense of others or of a principle.

That being said, it is important to recognize that anger at an injustice inflicted against oneself is also appropriate. Anger has been said to be a warning flag—it alerts us to those times when others are attempting to or have violated our boundaries. God cares for each individual. Sadly, we do not always stand up for one another, meaning that sometimes we must stand up for ourselves. This is especially important when considering the anger that victims often feel. Victims of abuse, violent crime, or the like have been violated in some way. Often while experiencing the trauma, they do not experience anger. Later, in working through the trauma, anger will emerge. For a victim to reach a place of true health and forgiveness, he or she must first accept the trauma for what it was. In order to fully accept that an act was unjust, one must sometimes experience anger. Because of the complexities of trauma recovery, this anger is often not short-lived, particularly for victims of abuse. Victims should process through their anger and come to a place of acceptance, even forgiveness. This is often a long journey. As God heals the victim, the victim’s emotions, including anger, will follow. Allowing the process to occur does not mean the person is living in sin.

Anger can become sinful when it is motivated by pride (James 1:20), when it is unproductive and thus distorts God’s purposes (1 Corinthians 10:31), or when anger is allowed to linger (Ephesians 4:26-27). One obvious sign that anger has turned to sin is when, instead of attacking the problem at hand, we attack the wrongdoer. Ephesians 4:15-19 says we are to speak the truth in love and use our words to build others up, not allow rotten or destructive words to pour from our lips. Unfortunately, this poisonous speech is a common characteristic of fallen man (Romans 3:13-14). Anger becomes sin when it is allowed to boil over without restraint, resulting in a scenario in which hurt is multiplied (Proverbs 29:11), leaving devastation in its wake. Often, the consequences of out-of-control anger are irreparable. Anger also becomes sin when the angry one refuses to be pacified, holds a grudge, or keeps it all inside (Ephesians 4:26-27). This can cause depression and irritability over little things, which are often unrelated to the underlying problem.

We can handle anger biblically by recognizing and admitting our prideful anger and/or our wrong handling of anger as sin (Proverbs 28:131 John 1:9). This confession should be both to God and to those who have been hurt by our anger. We should not minimize the sin by excusing it or blame-shifting.

We can handle anger biblically by seeing God in the trial. This is especially important when people have done something to offend us. James 1:2-4Romans 8:28-29, and Genesis 50:20 all point to the fact that God is sovereign over every circumstance and person that crosses our path. Nothing happens to us that He does not cause or allow. Though God does allow bad things to happen, He is always faithful to redeem them for the good of His people. God is a good God (Psalm 145:8917). Reflecting on this truth until it moves from our heads to our hearts will alter how we react to those who hurt us.

We can handle anger biblically by making room for God’s wrath. This is especially important in cases of injustice, when “evil” men abuse “innocent” people. Genesis 50:19 and Romans 12:19 both tell us to not play God. God is righteous and just, and we can trust Him who knows all and sees all to act justly (Genesis 18:25).

We can handle anger biblically by returning good for evil (Genesis 50:21Romans 12:21). This is key to converting our anger into love. As our actions flow from our hearts, so also our hearts can be altered by our actions (Matthew 5:43-48). That is, we can change our feelings toward another by changing how we choose to act toward that person.

We can handle anger biblically by communicating to solve the problem. There are four basic rules of communication shared in Ephesians 4:1525-32:

1) Be honest and speak (Ephesians 4:1525). People cannot read our minds. We must speak the truth in love.

2) Stay current (Ephesians 4:26-27). We must not allow what is bothering us to build up until we lose control. It is important to deal with what is bothering us before it reaches critical mass.

3) Attack the problem, not the person (Ephesians 4:2931). Along this line, we must remember the importance of keeping the volume of our voices low (Proverbs 15:1).

4) Act, don’t react (Ephesians 4:31-32). Because of our fallen nature, our first impulse is often a sinful one (v. 31). The time spent in “counting to ten” should be used to reflect upon the godly way to respond (v. 32) and to remind ourselves how the energy anger provides should be used to solve problems and not create bigger ones.

At times we can handle anger preemptively by putting up stricter boundaries. We are told to be discerning (1 Corinthians 2:15-16Matthew 10:16). We need not “cast our pearls before swine” (Matthew 7:6). Sometimes our anger leads us to recognize that certain people are unsafe for us. We can still forgive them, but we may choose not to re-enter the relationship.

Finally, we must act to solve our part of the problem (Romans 12:18). We cannot control how others act or respond, but we can make the changes that need to be made on our part. Overcoming a temper is not accomplished overnight. But through prayer, Bible study, and reliance upon God’s Holy Spirit, ungodly anger can be overcome. We may have allowed anger to become entrenched in our lives by habitual practice, but we can also practice responding correctly until that, too, becomes a habit and God is glorified in our response.

RECOMMENDED RESOURCES

The Other Side of Love: Handling Anger in a Godly Way by Gary Chapman

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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 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…

You say you are a “born again” believer…  BUT are you ON FIRE for the Lord ??  If not, open this link – https://godsmanforever.com/2020/08/01/are-you-a-christian-in-gods-eyes-and-on-fire-for-the-lord-or-not/

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“God’s Word can comfort you” 6/10/2021 Written by Louis Mize, a Facebook friend

 

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“God’s Word can comfort you”

 

Wherefore comfort one another with these words.  (KJV)

1st Thessalonians 4:18

 

The subject of this chapter is the return of Christ. He IS coming! Paul admonishes us to remember to have a disciplined life and walk, while we look for the return of Christ. He encourages us to live clean lives, to keep studying the Word of God, to mind our own business, to continue to work until Jesus returns.

 

Paul reminds us to KNOW how to sorrow when we lose a loved one to death. He reminds us of the hope and assurance of the resurrection of those who sleep in the grave. And he tells us that the dead in Christ shall be raised before us. He compels us to believe in and remember the resurrection from the dead of our Lord Jesus Christ, and promises that when Christ comes for the church, He will bring those saints who have died with Him. And the last thing Paul tells us in the chapter is to COMFORT one another with these words. I thank God that Paul told us to comfort one another and NOT to torment one another.

 

When the gospel is preached, it ought to bring comfort to those who believe. When sin and judgment is preached, it should be tempered with the forgiveness available thru the shed blood of Christ. And people who bury the dead in Christ should know how to sorrow during that time. Our sorrow should never be a time of torment, but a time when we are comforted by the wonderful things God has promised to those who love and trust Him.

Therefore my brothers and sisters, I say to you again this morning, COMFORT one another with these words. Don’t torment each other with them! It is all about our attitude, and our attitude should bring forth right actions!  Focus on Christ’s resurrection from the dead, and the fact that the dead in Christ shall ALSO live 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 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…

 

You say you are a “born again” believer…  BUT are you ON FIRE for the Lord ??  If not, open this link – https://godsmanforever.com/2020/08/01/are-you-a-christian-in-gods-eyes-and-on-fire-for-the-lord-or-not/

 

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“Keep Trusting” 6/09/2021 Written by Dawn Ivey for “Drawing closer to Christ”

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Keep Trusting

MAY 24, 2021 ~ DAWN

 

Psalm 9:10 NIV, “Those who know your name trust in you, for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you.”

I appreciate the reminders in God’s Word to keep trusting in Him. There are daily temptations to be fearful, to worry or to take matters into our own hands.

As we seek God daily, He will be faithful to work things out for us in the ways He knows are best. Knowing He will never leave us gives us security. So don’t give up. Keep trusting, keep hoping, and keep believing in the faithfulness of our God.

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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 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…

You say you are a “born again” believer…  BUT are you ON FIRE for the Lord ??  If not, open this link – https://godsmanforever.com/2020/08/01/are-you-a-christian-in-gods-eyes-and-on-fire-for-the-lord-or-not/

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“The Almighty Dollar” 6/08/2021 Posted by David Kitz for “I Love the Psalms”

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The Almighty Dollar

07MondayJun 2021

Posted by davidkitz in Psalms

Reading: Psalm 135:15-21

The idols of the nations are silver and gold,
made by human hands.
They have mouths, but cannot speak,
eyes, but cannot see.
They have ears, but cannot hear,
nor is there breath in their mouths.
Those who make them will be like them,
and so will all who trust in them.
All you Israelites, praise the LORD;
house of Aaron, praise the LORD;
house of Levi, praise the LORD;
you who fear him, praise the LORD.
Praise be to the LORD from Zion,
to him who dwells in Jerusalem.
Praise the LORD
 (NIV).*

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Reflection
Though it may not be obvious, there is something timeless about the first sentence from today’s reading: The idols of the nations are silver and gold, made by human hands.

 

In today’s world shaping silver or gold into an idol may be unusual, but it still occurs. India and the nations of Southeast Asia have plenty of gold and silver idols. This is not a dying worship form. Many have been cast in recent years.

In the western world we frown on such openly idolatrous displays of wealth and worship. Or do we? Gold and silver represent wealth. In reality, we have simply transformed our worship of wealth from bulky commodities like silver and gold to more transferable assets like securities and paper currency. We are still guilty of bowing before silver and gold, but it comes with a different name. Now we call it the almighty dollar.

The almighty dollar, or more broadly speaking, the market, determines the ebb and flow of commerce, and by extension impacts every aspect of our daily lives. It is not an exaggeration to say we are caught up in financial system that is deeply idolatrous. Our society has taken the worship of wealth (Mammon) to new heights. We elect our political leaders not on the basis of morality or personal integrity, but rather can they deliver a higher level of GDP—put more money in our pockets.

Into this corrupt world, St. Peter speaks these words to those who have been called to follow Christ:  For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect (1 Peter 1:18-19).

Response: Father God, I need the right perspective on wealth and finances. Your precious blood is worth more than all the silver and gold this world has to offer. I bow before You as my Almighty Savior. Amen.

Your TurnIs Jesus the Lord of your finances? Is your Redeemer more important than wealth?

* 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 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…

You say you are a “born again” believer…  BUT are you ON FIRE for the Lord ??  If not, open this link – https://godsmanforever.com/2020/08/01/are-you-a-christian-in-gods-eyes-and-on-fire-for-the-lord-or-not/

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