“The Helmet of Salvation” 4/04/2017 Written by bruce r. mills for “God’s group”

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Written by bruce r. mills for “God’s group”  @  www.Godsmanforever.com

(revised from 1/19/2011)

“The Helmet of Salvation… Part 2 of God’s Armor” 

   (For the first  2 days writing…type 4/02-03/2017, as separate dates into the search window of   www.Godsmanforever.com)

Ephesians 6:17… And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; (NKJV)

I woke up this morning, and before I even had a chance to ask God to guide me through this day, I knew what I was going to write on today… I had been writing about scripture in the Book of Romans, but was sidetracked by the Armor of God, each and every Christian should  be wearing as a complete set…all 6 pieces…(Ephesians 6:10-20)   [ https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=eph6%3A10-20&version=ESV ]

In looking at my own weaknesses as a Christian, I am hopeful that others can find out what pieces they are missing of the “Whole Armor of God”, to be able to make a stand against Satan… To be Spirit filled on a more  consistent basis, I believe it’s necessary to be wearing God’s complete set of spiritual armor…   As Christians, any chinks in God’s armor will allow Satan in, and leave a crack in our fragile clay vessel… Our cup cannot be filled to overflowing with the Holy Spirit, if we have any cracks in it…

The apostle Paul tells us in this, in…Ephesians 6:11… “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” (NKJV)

The opening scripture talks about “the helmet of salvation”…   Salvation; or being saved by God’s grace, is all about obeying the Gospel of Christ…   We must understand the gospel, and respond to God’s calling…or we will be left to “die in our sins”, as the Apostle John pens this spoken by Jesus, in…  [See 1. Below for the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ]

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)

But once we are “Born Again” Christians, we must keep “the helmet of salvation” on 24/7…   Each and every day, we must be thankful for the grace God has gifted us with, as we have been accepted by Him into His family as a redeemed child of God…

As ambassadors of Christ, we must always look for opportunities to share the gospel of Christ with the lost and dying world around us…  This, for sure, was one of my major shortcomings for over 7 years, as I have previously confessed…because I allowed the Holy Spirit to take a back seat in my life…keeping me less than Spirit filled…Ephesians 5:18-20

Heavenly Father, being Spirit filled is what every Christian should strive to become on a consistent, but not perfect basis… Help each and every reader understand that Your complete set of spiritual armor is required, to protect us from Satan… It starts with “the helmet of salvation”… Help us Father to be striving to put on Your protective armor piece by piece…

Help us to realize that any chinks in our spiritual body armor will leave us vulnerable to Satan, and his bag full of tricks to deceive us…   Being Spirit filled is an ongoing, daily labor of love for You Lord, as Your obedient children walk in the Spirit…Galatians 5:16…   Help us Father, to keep our fragile clay vessel filled to overflowing with the Holy Spirit…  I pray for this fullness of Christ within each and every one of us, in Jesus’ most precious name and for His sake I pray…Amen…

Blessings in Christ,   bruce

 

References:

 

  1.  Here is a link 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/2014/10/26/the-truth-about-sin-10262014-by-bruce-reposted-from-7112013/

 

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“The one good question to ask when deciding on a church” 5/24/2018 Written by Lisa Robinson for “THINKING AND LIVING THEOLOGICAL THOUGHTS OUT LOUD”

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 Written by Lisa Robinson for “THINKING AND LIVING THEOLOGICAL THOUGHTS OUT LOUD” @  https://theothoughts.com

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The one good question to ask when deciding on a church

Occasionally, I come across an article stating reasons to either choose a church or make a decision to leave a church. The recommendations typically look something like this. Don’t leave for selfish reasons. Find a church that honors Christ, teaches the Bible and takes fellowship seriously. All that is well and good.

Over at Core Christianity, I thought this was a good list on 4 questions to ask when looking for a church;

What does the church believe about Scripture?

What is the church’s confession of faith?

Is the church man-centered or God-centered?

Is Christ faithfully preached each week?

But one thing I’ve discovered in my varied church experience and many years of being a Christian is that it’s not always that simple. You can have those standard elements present but there still be a hole. Just because the preacher uses the Bible doesn’t mean he’s being faithful to Scripture. Just because he quotes Bible verses doesn’t mean he’s preaching Christ. Just because people gather, doesn’t mean there is genuine love in the body. Just because there is evangelism doesn’t mean the church is being faithful to its whole task.

There’s also the varied expressions of church practice. Aside from the absolute essentials of the faith to which any Christian must be committed, there are questions to be asked about the way in which church is conducted. What does that church believe about the sacraments? The practice of spiritual gifts? The make up (liturgy) of the service?

But there’s one overarching question I think all these questions point to:  Does this congregation foster Christian growth? Put another way, will this congregation provoke a growing in grace and the true knowledge of Jesus Christ? (2 Pet. 3:18). This is as much applicable to joining a church as it is leaving one. We should not be in a place that does not foster growth.

This does start with individual growth. Maturing Christians (all of us) need discipleship as Jesus outlined in Matt. 28:19-20. Discipleship is a lifelong process whereby we learn what it means to follow Christ. That takes a commitment and desire to know about God on his terms and alignment with his ways. Does the church take the Bible serious? And by serious, I mean an intentional effort to teach the Bible that shows who God is and what he has done through the Son from Genesis to Revelation. How committed is the church leadership that congregants are acquainted with the whole counsel of Scripture? Does the pastor try to connect the dots or dot his sermons/teaching with novel concepts based on fragmented pieces of Scripture taken out of context to support his ideas? The latter will not grow your affection for Christ.

Speaking of whom, what do they do with Jesus? Is he a means to an end or the beginning and end? Are you encouraged to find rest in his completed work or worn out trying to work for him to gain acceptance? Growth happens when we become more mindful of the Father’s will, dependent on Christ and his work, and reliant on the empowerment of the Spirit to exalt Christ and submit to his kingdom. Growth happens when Christ is front and center.

One reason people church hop is because they don’t have such a commitment. And where there is not faithful commitment to Christ’s kingdom and particularly within the context of a local assembly, such folks will find all kinds of reasons to leave a church when it rubs against their personal preferences.  

But let’s be honest, Christians generally tend to want to be part of a fellowship. It’s in the DNA of the Spirit of Christ dwelling within us (see Rom. 8:4-7?) to follow him and be on board with the church’s mission. Generally, Christians seek out a local body because they are hungry to learn and grow. They want to learn about God and participate in the life of the body. Christians who are committed to the importance of being in a local body and understand or at least desire, how their Christian growth happens within that context, will find reasons to stay committed unless there is a departure, or perceived departure of faithfulness from that local assembly. This covers a wide variety of issues of belief and practice whereby the church is not living out its calling in some form or fashion (doctrinal deviations, lack of fellowship, pastoral unfaithfulness, isolation, spiritual abuse, unfaithfulness to Scripture, cliques, etc.). Christians committed to being part of a local church don’t just leave for selfish reasons.

Thus, corporate growth is an important part of the equation as well. I’m not talking about increasing numerically but substantively. We can’t just stop at individual growth because Christians are birthed into the body of Christ. That means how the local church functions as a body matters. When the church does not function as it should, growth is hindered not just on an individual basis but on a corporate basis. It is possible to have the right elements in theory but something goes amiss in practice. That doesn’t mean everything is perfect or that we won’t encounter friction. Certainly this will happen! But Christians who are genuinely committed to discipleship and the life of the church, faithfulness to Scripture as the final authority, and desire to see Christ’s kingdom flourish will know when something is amiss.

The bottom line is that Christians are called to be part of the local assembly, to participate in the life of the church and grow together in the Lord. If we are not being oriented in this direction, it may not be unreasonable to look around.

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P.S.)   If you are 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. This, after the Holy Spirit changes your will to understand and then obey 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/

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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“The Heartland Awakens” 5/23/2018 Posted by Don Merritt for “The Life Project”

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TLP Inspiration: May 5, 2018

The Heartland Awakens

 

As I sit here this morning in the pre-dawn stillness, all around me America’s Heartland is re-awakening from winter’s long slumber. Gone are the seemingly endless snows of April, gone too, at least for now, are the high temperatures in the 40’s and low 50’s. Over the past several days, they have been replaced with 70’s and 80’s, and while we will probably see a counter attack of cooler temperatures before summer takes hold completely, the warmth is certainly nice to have.

The Great Plains are in the process of being transformed now, fields are being plowed and made ready for spring planting, the daffodils are up, the trees are budding, the lawns have turned from brown to green almost overnight, and the shrubs are suddenly bursting with color to the delight of most everyone.

God has set all this in motion as He does every year. It really doesn’t matter what craziness we humans get up to, God continues to rule over the earth. The seasons come, the fields spring up with new life, the birds sing their songs, and the cycles of life continue.

I take comfort from that.

We get caught up in everything going on in this world around us, it’s battles, its arguments, not to mention its practical necessities. Sometimes we forget that God is really running things, not Man. Even in times of horrible war and conflict, the seasons move forward as they always do, a testament to the fact that God is the King of the Universe, not mere mortals with our short-sighted ways.

Do we ever take the time to notice that− do we take enough time to fully appreciate it?

Do you know what is even more amazing than all of this? The very same God who manages the entire cycle of seasons, and all of the cycles of life, want to have a close relationship with you and with me. Yes, I know, we say that a lot. Yet do we take enough time to fully appreciate what that means?

Well, I guess some more than others, right?

Why not take a little time this Saturday, say an hour or so, and just notice what is going on in nature all around you. You can do that anywhere, even downtown. While we’re at it, why not take a little time this Saturday to thank God for His great faithfulness that He is demonstrating all over with the change of seasons. You know, the seasons are amazing, the changes are testimonies that God who is faithful in nature will also be faithful in keeping His promises to us in every area of our lives.

Oh yes: Today is a great time for giving Him praise and thanks for keeping His promises!

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P.S. (from bruce)   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/2016/12/19/the-gospel-of-our-lord-jesus-christ-12182016-written-by-bruce-r-mills/

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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“God’s Provision” 5/22/2018 Posted by Alister Begg for “Truth for Life”

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DAILY DEVOTIONAL MAY 21, 2018

God’s Provision

 

There is grain for sale in Egypt.
Genesis 42:2

Famine pinched all the nations, and it seemed inevitable that Jacob and his family should suffer great want; but the God of providence, who never forgets the objects of electing love, had stored a granary for His people by giving the Egyptians warning of the scarcity and leading them to treasure up the grain from the years of plenty. Little did Jacob expect deliverance from Egypt, but there was grain in store for him.

Believer, though all things are apparently against you, rest assured that God has made a reservation on your behalf; in the roll of your griefs there is a saving clause. Somehow He will deliver you, and somewhere He will provide for you. Your rescue may come from a very unexpected source, but help will definitely come in your extremity, and you will magnify the name of the Lord. If men do not feed you, ravens will; and if the earth does not yield wheat, heaven will drop manna.

Therefore be of good courage, and rest quietly in the Lord. God can make the sun rise in the west if He pleases and can make the source of distress a channel of delight. The grain in Egypt was all in the hands of the beloved Joseph; he opened or closed the granaries at will. And so the riches of providence are all in the absolute power of our Lord Jesus, who will dispense them generously to His people. Joseph was abundantly ready to help his own family; and Jesus is unceasing in His faithful care for His brethren.

Our responsibility is to go after the help that is provided for us: We must not sit still in despondency, but stir ourselves. Prayer will bring us quickly into the presence of our royal Brother. Once before His throne we have only to ask and receive. His stores are not exhausted; there is still grain: His heart is not hard; He will give the grain to us. Lord, forgive our unbelief, and this evening constrain us to draw largely from Your fullness and receive grace for grace.

 

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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)   If you are 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. This, after the Holy Spirit changes your will to understand and then obey 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/

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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“HAVE WE BECOME NUMB?” 5/21/2018 Written by Kathy Boecher for “atimetoshare”

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HAVE WE BECOME NUMB?

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A debate occurs over what word is being spoken – Laurel vs. Yanny.  The whole thing goes viral.  A father watches on his phone as his child is born far from him.  Again the whole nation talks about it.  A wedding occurs in another country between a member of the royal family and an American.  We go ballistic and can’t get enough of the pageantry.  In the midst of all this, another shooting – another senseless loss of young lives – the altered mind of child is the perpetrator – we can’t make sense of it, but every one has an opinion.

Have our senses become so numbed by the frequency of this sort of thing?  Do we quickly make a judgment that is far too complex to figure out?  Do we blame the guns, the video games, bullying, mental illness, too much violence in our world, alcohol, drugs, too much screen time?  Of course all those things contribute and need to be addressed, but I just don’t understand what’s happening to this country of ours as a whole.

Lives are immediately changed when death occurs.  Especially when children are involved.  What’s happened in the last six decades to affect how we handle our problems?  Why have so many children become negative in their thinking – the victims or purveyors of bullying  –  addicted to the internet?  We hear about pre-teens who are so sad they need to be medicated.  Young children with learning disabilities are medicated so they can fit the norm.  They see their parents using pain killers to erase the pain and feel this might help them too.  Add to that a social network which allows hateful words to be spewed upon those same young minds.  To the mix, throw in a family life that is virtually non-existent – being cared for by outsiders – or focused on striking it rich of losing the love and respect of their children – a cloistered life pasted to a screen that displays every ugly thing known to man.

In the olden days, we would get together with friends after school – run, play, get some kind of physical exercise.  We’d talk face to face or on the telephone.  The only entertainment we had was Saturday at the movies, Howdy Doody and Clarabelle, the daily news on TV and slumber parties.  We worked out our differences through discussion or argument – not violence.  Kids said mean things to each other one day and forgot about it in 24 hours.  We often resorted to using our imagination to figure things out.  With all that imagination, computers were born and immediately changed the way folks lived.

Our minds have been infused with information at a rapid rate.  We can punch in a subject and get 150 sites that talk about it.  How much can the human brain manage?  If you didn’t have ADHD before, you probably do now.  We multi-task.  We order anything on the internet and get it in a day.  We actually don’t need to leave our homes anymore.  We’re cocooned, yet a slave to a computer screen.  The day isn’t far off when human beings will have no physical interaction or communication skills.

This is just the tip of the iceberg.  We’ve strayed from our old fashioned morality.  We’re exposed to all kinds of deranged behavior on our TV screens and at the movies.  Churches have lost their influence on people.  They don’t want to hear about sin.  We’ve given way to flashy super stars, anything goes, live for today and don’t worry about tomorrow – just eat, drink and be merry.

There a million reasons why these horrendous things happen.  We can’t rightly pin the solution on one of them.  I believe it’s a combination of things, but the fact is, it isn’t going to go away until we start addressing some of these problems and changing the way they’re being handled.

We certainly can pray about it – for God tells to ask for anything in Jesus name.  Our prayers are heard.  We can stop blaming someone else for this epidemic of terror that sweeps across our country.  We need to look at our own homes – our own communities – become involved and do something about it, rather than speculating on the causes.

Dear, Lord, you are the ruler and creator of our world,  You must be so disappointed in the way we’ve all played a part in it’s demise.  When countries fall it’s usually because men fall. We fail to follow You, we put our faith in things that make us happy and successful.  We need more than possessions and things.  We need You in our lives.  Only You can change the pulse of our nation.  I put my trust in Your unconditional love and pray that you lead us out of this deception which the devil is trying so hard to make us believe.  Hear my prayer, in Jesus name, dear God.  AMEN!

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P.S. (from bruce)   If you are 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. This, after the Holy Spirit changes your will to understand and then obey 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/

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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“GIVE TO THOSE THAT WANT TO TAKE.” 5/20/2018 Written by Sebastian D’Souza

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ACTIONS OF LOVE – 5   

GIVE TO THOSE THAT WANT TO TAKE.

 

“… If someone grabs your shirt, gift-wrap your best coat and make a present of it.” (Luke 6:29)

This morning we continue our series entitled “You think you know what Love is?”  We have now covered 4 of the 17 actions of God’s love found in Luke 6:27-38. This morning we look at action 5: give to those that want to take.

I know that some of the things covered in this series may seem unrealistic to many. Loving your enemies and praying for those that give you are hard time are simply not natural reactions to mistreatment, but that is exactly the point. When you are Born-Again your spirit is renewed with the Holy Spirit (God Himself), but your mind has yet to be renewed. One Pastor said that this “This new man with an old body needs a new mind!” In essence, before we can really operate in biblical faith, our belief system has to change. A man came to Jesus who had a son with a condition that he could address. The man said, “…if you can do anything… help us.” Jesus explained to the man that the real issue was not His ability, but rather whether or not the man had the ability to believe. Jesus went on to say, “Everything is possible for him who believes” (Mark 9:22,23).

In other words, Jesus was saying, “Your belief system to this point has led you to believe that your son is hopeless, but you if you can change your belief system to be open for new possibilities, then I can operate in your life.”

This is what this series is all about. God wants us to change our belief system concerning how we deal with people. Instead of repaying evil with evil, we must be re-programmed to overcome evil with good. Let’s take our text for this morning for example. Matthew’s version helps us understand it better. Matthew said, “… if anyone wants to sue you and take your undershirt (tunic), let him have your coat also” (Matthew 5:40 AMP). This was a legal matter. Jews wore two principal garments, an interior (shirt) and an exterior (coat). The interior garment encircled the whole body and extended down to the knees. The exterior garment was wrapped around the body and was removed when labor was performed. Jesus taught that if an adversary wanted to obtain your interior garment, through the legal system, that instead of following your normal way of thinking and fighting him tooth-and-nail, that we should rather take our exterior garment, gift wrap it, and give it to them as well.

Why? Because this is not the way the world operates. The world goes tit-for-tat against each other and Jesus was teaching us a new way to live. Instead of trying to file a counter law suit (or counter argument) for everything, we should seek to operate in God’s love to the point where our actions of kindness literally overwhelm the world’s actions of treachery.

So what does this mean to you today? It means that you must seek to change the way you look at things. The first time I really studied God’s Love and even now, as I revisit it, it has caused me to take self-inventory of my life and actions. You should not receive this kind of Word day-after-day and remain the same. God’s Word demands a response. Now, your initial reaction might be to resist the change. That is understandable, but it does not make it right. Believe that you can really walk in the love of God. Embrace the Word, embrace God, and you will find yourself embracing the change. Once you change your perspective and your belief system, you will be open to the leadership of the Holy Spirit concerning how to act and respond to others. Once you get a new mind into the old body of your new man, then nothing will be impossible to you!

Confession for this day: Lord God. I declare that my mind is renewed daily towards Your belief system. I embrace Your Word, Your will, and Your standard. I am reprogrammed to live and to do according to Your Kingdom principles. I do not respond to evil with evil. I give to those that want to take from me and this kindness causes them to see Jesus in me. Use me Lord as an instrument of kindness that overcomes a world of deceit! Amen.

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P.S.)   If you are 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. This, after the Holy Spirit changes your will to understand and then obey 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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Are You Grieving…or worse…Quenching the Holy Spirit ??” 5/19/2018 Written by bruce r. mills for “God’s group”

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 Written by bruce r. mills for “God’s group”  @ www.Godsmanforever.com

I wrote this yesterday on Facebook, after posting to my web site at this link…  https://godsmanforever.com/2018/05/18/later-5-18-2018-posted-by-alister-begg-for-truth-for-life/

I thought it important enough to re-post here, for those who missed it…

Be blessed !!  bruce

Are You Grieving…or worse…Quenching the Holy Spirit ??”

 

Hebrews 12:11Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. (NKJV)

Do think it coincidence, that my next verse in line (this scripture above) that I try to post every day, is also found in today’s post on Gods group ?   I see God at work here !!

If you’re a Christian living in constant unconfessed sin…like sleeping with someone outside of marriage…God will only give you grace for so long… God promises to chastise and maybe even scourge the ones He loves (Hebrews 12:5-6)…to get their attention, and bring them back into submission to His will and His ways…

When we as Christians are living in sin…we are in rebellion to what God wants for our lives… We are at the minimum…grieving the Holy Spirit…(Ephesians 4:30)… At worst, we are quenching the Holy Spirit…(1 Thessalonians 5:19)… How sad we should feel !! [See 1) below for a good explanation of these 2 scripture verses]

I might add, that if you are a Christian, and the Lord is not absolutely first in your life, (where the Apostle Paul commands us to be filled with the Holy Spirit in Ephesians 5:18-20)…then you too are living in sin… It is called the sin of omission, as found in…

James 4:17So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin. (ESV)  [Read 2) below for a good description of this sometimes not so obvious sin]

I pray the Holy Spirit convicts you right now…if you are in rebellion to God with an unconfessed sin, or anything you love more than the Lord… turn from this rebellion immediately !! Confess and turn from your sin (1 John 1:9), and start living a Spirit filled, Christ centered life… God will bless you beyond your wildest dreams…  [See 3) below for a great description of living a Spirit filled life]

Heavenly Father, I pray that any of your redeemed children that have strayed from Your will for their lives by living in sin…would realize the sadness and the grief they are causing the Holy Spirit (and You)… I pray Father that they would be convicted to turn from their sin, and again be deemed righteous in Your sight… I pray that scripture in this post today would cut right to the bone of those living in unconfessed sin (Hebrews 4:12)… I pray for lives to be changed, as those who have strayed turn back to placing You first in their lives, in Jesus’ most precious name and for His sake…Amen…

Blessings in Christ, bruce

References from above:

1) Grieving and quenching the Holy Spirit…https://www.gotquestions.org/grieve-quench-Holy-Spirit.html

2) The sin of omission… https://www.gotquestions.org/sin-of-omission.html

3)  Living a Spirit filled life…   https://bible.org/seriespage/5-spirit-work-spirit-filled-life

P.S)   If you are 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. This, after the Holy Spirit changes your will to understand and then obey 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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“Later” 5/18/2018 Posted by Alister Begg for “Truth for Life”

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Original post @  http://info.truthforlife.org/devo-may18-2018?ecid=ACsprvtn2JYJ0wgFmcpKTGfBIDajjV1nXcHYErTf5db1iy6sQ7p7usGXml-uZLo3Y-6HyX_4vRQS&utm_campaign=Daily%20Devotion%20Emails&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=62998277&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-_KGTImAZ_F7kizEWSuTEhioB4PtWsQpMMU3HwaSboBLnJUFxIZYAOpDZ5dGrrBJtaAnjyFcNwyvfRO89Duu0lFf_6lkPq0FEobv_Pei0D9s3nDq8w&_hsmi=62998277

 

DAILY DEVOTIONAL MAY 18, 2018

Later

. . . later . . .
Hebrews 12:11

 

For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.  (ESV)

Victorious banquets are for well-accomplished soldiers. After killing the lion we eat the honey; after climbing the Hill Difficulty,1 we sit down in the arbor to rest; after traversing the Valley of Humiliation, after fighting with Apollyon, the shining one appears, with the healing branch from the tree of life. Our sorrows, like the passing hulls of the ships upon the sea, leave a silver line of holy light behind them “later.” It is peace, sweet, deep peace, that follows the horrible turmoil that once reigned in our tormented, guilty souls.

Consider, then, the happy condition of a Christian! He has his best things last, and therefore in this world he receives his worst things first. But even his worst things are “later” good things, hard plowings yielding joyful harvests. Even now he grows rich by his losses, he rises by his falls, he lives by dying, and he becomes full by being emptied; if, then, his grievous afflictions yield him so much peaceable fruit in this life, what will be the full vintage of joy “later” in heaven? If his dark nights are as bright as the world’s days, what shall his days be? If even his starlight is more splendid than the sun, what must his sunlight be? If he can sing in a dungeon, how sweetly will he sing in heaven! If he can praise the Lord in the fires, how will he extol Him before the eternal throne! If evil be good to him now, what will the overflowing goodness of God be to him then?

Oh, blessed “later”! Who would not be a Christian? Who would not bear the present cross for the crown that comes afterwards? But here is work for patience, for the rest is not for today, nor the triumph for the present, but “later.” Wait, my soul, and let patience have her perfect work.

1) Pilgrim’s Progress

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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)   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/2016/12/19/the-gospel-of-our-lord-jesus-christ-12182016-written-by-bruce-r-mills/

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