“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…  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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“Trust God For Your Needs” 9/27/2022 Written by Dawn Ivey for “Drawing closer to Christ”

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Philippians 4:19 – Treasured Fountain

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Trust God For Your Needs

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SEPTEMBER 26, 2022 ~ DAWN

 

Philippians 4:19 NLT, “And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.”

I was reflecting on this verse one morning, and the Lord reminded me that in order to receive His provision, my heart has to be open to how he chooses to provide for me. As I thought about that, I realized that there are times God has provided, but perhaps it was not the way I wanted Him to, so I didn’t respond with thankfulness. But now, when I look back, I can see how He worked everything together for my good.

I believe in being specific in my prayer requests, and I believe God does answer prayers; however, I also know that sometimes the answers come in a different way or in a different timing from what I initially expected. For example, if you are asking God for something, He may require you to first take a specific action, and it could be something you do not want to do. Yet, it is the path to God answering your prayer and providing your specific needs. Obedience is key in receiving answers to our prayers, and God gives us the grace to do what He is asking us to do.

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I often remember Isaiah 55:9 which tells us God’s ways and thoughts are higher than ours. The work He does in our hearts and lives often far exceeds our understanding. So what should we do? Trust God. We should trust God’s way of providing for us in every situation. We must ask Him for exactly what we need and want but then we must trust Him to supply that need or want in the way that is best for us and all those involved.

Remember, every step of trust and obedience, leads to God’s provision.

Dear Father,

We know Your promise to provide for us is true. Thank You for working in our lives to do what is best for us. Help us to overcome any struggles we have to believe You will provide what is best, when it is best. Forgive us for the times we have wanted our own wills above Yours. Open our hearts to accept Your will for our lives no matter the circumstances. Give us strength to follow the path that You have chosen for us, even when it is hard. Help us to remember that Your grace is sufficient for us, each and every day, and that Your love will sustain us always. In the name of Jesus. Amen.

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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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“Feed Me!” 9/26/2022 Written by Beth Andrews for “Deeper Roots”

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Feed Me!

POSTED ON SEPTEMBER 21, 2022 BY BETH ANDREWS

Isn’t it amazing how God can speak to our hearts through anything? That is, if we’re willing to listen. My cat, Celina is often one of my most practical spiritual mentors. She doesn’t really have a lot to say, but she beats one drum constantly: Feed me. When anyone walks into the kitchen she stands by her food dish and meows – even when there is plenty of food in there. She expects a fresh scoop every time.

Where am I going with this? How often do you and I approach our daily Bible reading without our whole heart’s focus? I’m guilty. I look at the words on the page but my mind is elsewhere. I have to go back and re-read a verse – sometimes multiple times – because I wasn’t paying attention to it the first time around. The prophet Jeremiah said, “When your words came, I ate them; they were my Joy and my heart’s delight” (Jer 15:16). What a different perspective from most of us.

Maybe we need a reminder that when we come to the Bible we are coming to our Creator’s own Word, emanating from His own heart. What could be more important? Certainly nothing on Facebook or Twitter. Why aren’t we giving the Scriptures our undivided attention? I’m preaching to myself here. One of the reasons I started writing the Scriptures out is to slow myself down and focus on every word. Oh, my goodness, the wonders we are missing because we’re so distracted.

Here’s what I am going to do – and I challenge and encourage you to do it too: First I will get up early to spend focused time with the Lord. When I sit down to take in God’s Word, I will silence and cover my phone. I will turn off the sound on my laptop. I will pray two things specifically: that the Holy Spirit will protect my mind from distractions, and that God will “open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law” (Ps 119:18). Then I will dig in.

The Bible is not just “Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth.” This is the Word of God. This is the heart of God. Beloved, “These are not just idle words for you—they are your life” (Deut 32:47). Like Celina, come to the Bible expecting a fresh and tasty Word. He will feed you as often as you want.

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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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“Are the Gospels Reliable?” 9/25/2022 Written by Bill Rudge for “Bill Rudge Ministries”

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Are the Gospels Reliable?

JULY 12, 2022BRM7

by BJ Rudge, Ph.D.

Is there credible evidence that the Bible is a reliable source of divine revelation? Does the Bible speak accurately on all subject matters or is it only authoritative in regard to spiritual issues? How can you trust the Bible when it was written two thousand years ago? How do you know that the Bible is not full of myths and fabrications? Are the canonical Gospels historically reliable documents on the life of Jesus?

It seems anytime I talk to others about the Christian faith I end up hearing one of these questions. For example, I was able to speak with an airline pilot about the evidence for the Christian faith. Although he claimed to be a Christian, he was uncertain about the accuracy of events recorded in the Gospels since they were written years after they actually occurred. He felt the Gospels were probably the result of men and women bringing together different legends and myths about Jesus of Nazareth.

There are numerous reasons we can appeal to in establishing the historical trustworthiness of the canonical (sacred books officially accepted as genuine) Gospels, including:

  • The canonical Gospels are grounded in eyewitness testimony (Luke 1:1-4; John 19:35). The authors claim to have had actual contact with the events themselves (Matthew and John) or they had firsthand knowledge of the events through the testimonies of those who did (Mark and Luke).

  • The Gospels were written too close to actual events surrounding the life of Jesus to be legend. 

    The fact that they were in existence during the lifetime of both hostile and non-hostile eyewitnesses would have prevented fabrications or falsifications on the part of the Gospel writers.

  • External evidence, such as archeology, has verified the accuracy of the New Testament Gospels in regard to what they say about historical people, places, and events.

Consider just the following two examples: First, all of the canonical Gospels record that Jesus was put on trial before the Roman governor Pontius Pilate (Matthew 27; Mark 15; Luke 23; John 18-19). Since there was no mention of Pontius Pilate outside the Gospel accounts, many scholars questioned whether Pilate was a historical person. Two Italian archeologists answered this question when they unearthed an inscription in Latin at the port city of Caesarea which stated, “Pontius Pilate, Prefect of Judea, has presented the Tiberium to the Caesareans.”

Second, three of the canonical Gospels mention Nazareth as the city where Jesus was raised (Matthew 2:23; Luke 4:16; John 1:45). Since the Old Testament, Josephus, and the Talmud do not list Nazareth among the villages and cities of Galilee, Nazareth was considered by many scholars to be a fictitious city. However, in an excavation at Caesarea in 1962, a Hebrew inscription was found, “which mentions it (Nazareth) as one of the places in Galilee to which members of the twenty-four priestly courses emigrated after the foundation of Aelia Capitolina in A.D. 135.”

Adding to this discovery, first-century tombs were uncovered around the vicinity of Nazareth, which has led archeologists to conclude that, “… Nazareth was a strongly Jewish settlement in the Roman period.” So archeology continues to demonstrate the canonical Gospels are consistent with what we know about first-century Israel.

A true examination of the evidence has proven that the canonical Gospels on the life of Jesus are historically reliable and allegations to the contrary are false. The canonical Gospels provide us with four different accounts of the life of Jesus. In these accounts, while the authors may stress different aspects of Jesus’ life and have different purposes for writing, they each present harmonious historical information about Jesus of Nazareth.

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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 Way to the Father” 9/24/2022 Written by Frank Lomanno, a good friend

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Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to  the Father except through me.” John 14:6 Stock Photo - Alamy

Written by Frank Lomanno, a good friend…

“The Way to the Father”

 

The account in John below is titled the “Way to the Father”.  Below Jesus claims to be God and that He and the Father are one.

This portion of scripture is used many times at funerals “In my Father’s house…”, saying that people who die go to Heaven. He is preparing a place for you. The only caveat is that you need to BELIEVE in Jesus Christ. People who do not believe that Jesus was the gift of God the Father to us, and have not accepted His gift, will not enter the kingdom of God.

Jesus couldn’t have stated it more clearly in verse 6, He is the Way, the Truth and the Life…No one comes to the Father except through Him.

If you don’t believe that Jesus is Lord, your Lord and Savior, then there isn’t a place for you in Heaven.

John 14:

The Way to the Father

1 “Don’t let your heart be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me.

2 In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you?

3 If I go away and prepare a place for you, I will come again and take you to myself, so that where I am you may be also.

4 You know the way to where I am going.”

5 “Lord,” Thomas said, “we don’t know where you’re going. How can we know the way?”

6 Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

7 If you know me, you will also know my Father. From now on you do know him and have seen him.”

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Not yet a “born again” Christian ?? Not 100% sure you will be going to heaven when you die ?? You absolutely CAN be sure you are heaven bound when you are “born again” by God above… Open the P.S. below, and seek Jesus Christ to become your personal Lord and Savior…

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 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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“Walk by the power of the Holy Spirit” 9/23/2022 Written by bruce r. mills for “God’s group”

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“Walk by the power of the Holy Spirit”

There are two distinct fillings of the Holy Spirit…  The first occurs when you receive the Lord Jesus Christ into your heart the moment God graces you with salvation, and indwells you with the Holy Spirit to be “born again” as a new, redeemed child of God… This occurs after the unbeliever hears, reads, or otherwise understands what Jesus did for us on the cross with the shedding of His blood, the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ…  The unbeliever comes to God with godly sorrow, and a repentant heart…seeking Jesus Christ to come into their heart and life to guide and direct every facet of their lives…  God sees their heart, and knows when they are praying with ALL of their heart, mind, soul, and strength, to be saved by God’s grace alone…  [See P.S. below for a presentation of the “good news” message of the cross that God uses to save sinners]

Being graced with salvation by God Himself, through saving faith alone in the Lord Jesus Christ…is absolutely the most important step an unbeliever can make in their ENTIRE lifetime !!  Do you have the Holy Spirit living within you ??  This question was answered in a post I made a few days ago titled… “How Do I Know If the Holy Spirit Is in Me?”…  [See Reference 1) below for a link to this most important post]

But once one becomes a new, redeemed child of God…this is just the first step to a lifelong process known as “Progressive Sanctification”…  [See Reference 2) below for an excellent link that describes “Progressive Sanctification”…

God wants every “born again” redeemed child of His, to do their best to Walk in and by the full power of the Holy Spirit… The apostle Paul pens this about walking in the Spirit, in…

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

But alas, not everyone that is “born again” and filled with the Holy Spirit will humble themselves, and allow the Holy Spirit to totally control their life…   God gives us free will, and we can choose not to be obedient to the Holy Spirit and to what God’s Word teaches us…  God wants His redeemed children to keep God first in their lives…  Any sins lurking in the believer’s heart will hinder the sweet fellowship of their walk with the Lord…  Not keeping God first and most important in our lives is perhaps the worst sin of all, after being saved by God’s grace…  This sin is called the sin of omission…  Knowing we should do something, but because of our pride, we decide our way is best…

James 4:16-17…   But now you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. 17 Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.  (NKJV)

But God gives us a way to confess any and all sins by coming to Him in prayer…  1 John 1:9…  If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  (NKJV)

At this moment in time, with all sins confessed, repented of, and turned from…we are filled with the Holy Spirit again !!  The apostle Paul speaks of this filling of the Holy Spirit in this scripture penned by Paul…

Ephesians 5:18-20…  And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit19 speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, 20 giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,  (NKJV)

With all sins confessed, we are filled with the Holy Spirit, and we are then able to walk in and by the power of the Holy Spirit…  I repeat this scripture penned by the apostle Paul…

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

This amazing walk with the Lord will continue, until our carnal flesh or Satan’s temptations cause us to sin…  This struggle between our redeemed flesh and our carnal flesh, with Satan’s attacks urging us to sin, is a lifelong struggle…  Satan will do His best to keep us from sharing our love for the Lord, and/or the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ with those people around us who are not yet “born again” Christians…

Even the apostle Paul struggled with his own carnal flesh, as you can clearly read about in…Romans 7:14-20…   [See Reference 3. Below]

But even with his carnal flesh, the apostle Paul still wrote almost half of the New Testament !!  So don’t give up on your lifelong quest to be conformed to the image of Jesus Christ…  (Romans 8:29)  You will be blessed beyond belief for your effort to live a life that will please God !!

God has given us everything we need to combat Satan’s temptation to sin and our own carnal flesh…  It is the power of the Holy Spirit living within the “born again” Christian which will keep Satan at bay if we diligently and purposely do our best to live a “Spirit-filled” and “Christ-centered” life…  By putting on the Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 13:12-14), and God’s complete 6-piece set of spiritual armor (Ephesians 6:10-20), we can walk worthy of our calling (Ephesians 4:1), by the full power of the Holy Spirit God has given us to fight Satan and the sin that continuously surrounds us, trying to bring us down…

Ephesians 6:12-13…  For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.  (NKJV)

We also see this penned by the apostle James to keep Satan in check…  James 4:7-8…  Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from youDraw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. (NKJV)

Here are two pieces of scripture God gives us as a way to keep Satan from getting to us…  I wrote about these 2 pieces of scripture in a post I titled… “God’s Duo”, which will give you a short rendition of my personal testimony, on how I am able to walk with the Lord most of the time… You can read this day’s post in Reference 4) below…

Walking in the Spirit with God in total control of our lives is (as I stated above) a moment-by-moment endeavor…  I pray you would read this commentary I came across on…Galatians 5:16…in Reference 5) below…  It is the best commentary I have found on walking in and by the power of the Holy Spirit…

I would also like to give you a link to audio by Pastor John Piper that does an excellent job at describing this moment-by-moment walk of being filled with the Holy Spirit, or as some call it Baptism of the Holy Spirit… This message gave me the inspiration for writing this post… You will find this in Reference 6) below…  I realize I have given you several links to read, but if read could quite possibly change your life for an eternity !!  Give some prayerful thought to what God might be directing you to open and read…

Gracious God and heavenly Father, I thank You and praise You for who You are…  I pray Father, that You urge those who are not yet one of Your redeemed children, to open any of these links You might be directing them to open and understand…  Your Word is living and powerful (Hebrews 4:12)…  I pray Your Word would unblind the eyes of those still in need of Your saving grace…  I pray for You to change the hearts and lives of all of us, to start living lives that will be honoring and please You…  I pray for these miracles in all of our lives in Jesus’ most precious name, and for His sake…Amen…

Blessings in Christ,  bruce

References:

  1. Do you have the Holy Spirit living within you ?? – https://godsmanforever.com/2021/08/05/how-do-i-know-if-the-holy-spirit-is-in-me-8-05-2021-posted-by-bruce-r-mills-for-gods-group/

  2. Progressive Sanctification-  https://www.gotquestions.org/progressive-sanctification.html

  3. Paul’s struggle with his carnal flesh-  https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Rom+7%3A14-20&version=NKJV

  4. “God’s Duo”-  https://godsmanforever.wordpress.com/2013/02/25/gods-group-thoughts-for-2252013-gods-duo/

  5. Commentary on Galatians 5:16–  https://bible.org/seriespage/5-spirit-work-spirit-filled-life

  6. Audio by Pastor John Piper-  https://www.desiringgod.org/interviews/what-is-the-baptism-of-the-holy-spirit

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 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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“Don’t grow weary” 9/22/2022 Written by Louis Mize, a good friend

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“Don’t grow weary”

But ye brethren, be not weary of well doing.

2nd Thessalonians 3:13

Sometimes it’s hard not to grow weary. It is even more difficult to not grow weary of well-doing. It is especially hard when there are many around you who are not practicing well-doing but are bent on doing exactly the opposite.

The Bible never promises us that living our life for Christ would be an easy task. In fact, it promises just the opposite. We are told that all who will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution (2nd Timothy 3:12). It doesn’t say “may suffer”. It says we “shall suffer”. And so, human nature begins to reason that if we are going to suffer or grow weary in well doing, then what is the use?

Sometimes we desire to sit on the bench. Sometimes we are even hoping to get benched by others, falsely believing that will get us off the hook. We get like that when we grow weary of well-doing. Don’t let weariness cause you to be a bench warmer, or to grow weary in doing what God has called you to do.

Remember, even while sitting on the bench, we still wear the uniform. And don’t allow PEOPLE to overrule God’s purpose and calling in your life, because of their actions or inaction. God is on His throne, and God knows and sees it all, my friends, and HE will take care of you. He will also take care of everyone else.

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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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“How Do I Know If the Holy Spirit Is in Me?” 9/21/2022 Posted by bruce r. mills for “God’s group”

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Written by bruce r. mills for “God’s group” @ www.Godsmanforever.com  [Reposted from 8/05/2021]

“How Do I Know If the Holy Spirit Is in Me?”

Do you have the Holy Spirit living within you ??  If yes, then you are “born again” by God Himself…  Some religions believe you were “born again” when you were baptized as an infant…  My friends, this is not what the Bible teaches…  You are graced with salvation, (born again) when you are justified by God Himself, and filled with the Holy Spirit…

Romans 8:9-10…  But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His.10 And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 11 But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.  (NKJV)

Listen to this audio by Pastor John Piper, where he answers the question –  “How Do I Know If the Holy Spirit Is in Me?”

Audio link-  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iK3tz3LDrb0

If you are not 100% sure you have the Holy Spirit living within you after listening to John Piper’s audio, I pray that you open the link below where the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ is shared…  You will absolutely know you are saved by God’s grace alone, if you are filled with the Holy Spirit, because the Holy Spirit will confirm that you are indeed a redeemed, “born again” child of God…

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)

Gracious God and heavenly Father, I pray that You convict anyone who is not a “born again” Christian in Your eyes to open the link below, to be presented to the gospel of  Your Son Jesus Christ…  I pray that You draw these unbelievers to Yourself (John 6:44) and that they seek Your Son Jesus Christ with godly sorrow and a repentant heart, to become their personal Lord and Savior…  I pray for hearts and lives to be changed by You, in Jesus’ most precious name, and for His sake…Amen…

Blessings in Christ,  bruce

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 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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“Greater Than Moses” 9/20/2022 Posted by Alister Begg for www.truthforlife.org from Spurgeon’s writing

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Posted by Alister Begg   for   www.truthforlife.org  from Spurgeon’s writing

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Greater Than Moses

Greater Than Moses

The crowd, when they saw him, were greatly amazed and ran up to him and greeted him.

Mark 9:15

How great is the difference between Moses and Jesus! When Moses had been forty days upon the mountain, he underwent a kind of transfiguration, so that his face shone with exceeding brightness, and he put a veil over it because the people were not able to look upon his glory. Not so our Savior. He had been transfigured with greater glory than that of Moses, and yet we do not read that the people were blinded by the blaze of His countenance, but rather they were amazed and ran to Him and greeted Him.

The glory of the law repels, but the greater glory of Jesus attracts. Though Jesus is holy and just, yet blended with His purity there is so much truth and grace that sinners run to Him amazed at His goodness, and fascinated by His love; they greet Him, become His disciples, and take Him to be their Lord and Master. Reader, it may be that just now you are blinded by the dazzling brightness of the law of God. You feel its claims on your conscience, but you cannot keep it in your life. Not that you find fault with the law; on the contrary, it commands your profoundest esteem.

Still, you are not drawn by it to God; you are rather hardened in heart and tending toward desperation. So turn your eye from Moses with all his repelling splendor, and look to Jesus, resplendent with milder glories. Look upon His flowing wounds and thorn-crowned head! He is the Son of God and greater than Moses, but He is the Lord of love and more tender than the lawgiver. He bore the wrath of God and in His death revealed more of God’s justice than Sinai displayed, but that justice is now vindicated, and it is the guardian of believers in Jesus. Look, sinner, to the bleeding Savior, and as you feel the attraction of His love, run to His arms, and you will be saved.

Devotional material is taken from Morning and Evening, written by C. H. Spurgeon, revised and updated by Alistair Begg. Copyright © 2003, Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers, Wheaton, IL 60187, www.crossway.org. 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 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 Cup of Morning Salvation?” 9/19/2022 Posted by David Kitz for “I Love the Psalms”

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A Cup of Morning Salvation?

26FridayAug 2022

Posted by davidkitz in Psalm 116

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Reading: Psalm 116:10-14


I trusted in the LORD when I said,
  “I am greatly afflicted”;
in my alarm I said, “Everyone is a liar.”
What shall I return to the LORD
for all his goodness to me?
I will lift up the cup of salvation

  and call on the name of the LORD.
I will fulfill my vows to the LORD
    in the presence of all his people
 (NIV).*

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Reflection
Today started a bit different.  Rather than beginning my day with a hot cup of coffee, I had a few sips of water and then headed off for some blood tests. I missed that cup of coffee, but in reality going without it was no great hardship. Some view their morning shot of caffeine like a cup of salvation—early morning salvation. Today’s reading from Psalm 116 speaks of the cup of salvation. I’m sure the psalmist wasn’t speaking of his morning cup of java. What was he speaking of?

The psalmist lifts up the cup of salvation and calls on the name of the LORD in response to this question: What shall I return to the LORD for all his goodness to me? The psalmist lifts up his cup as an expression of thanksgiving to the LORD for the salvation he has received from God.

But salvation came at a price. To purchase our salvation, Jesus lifted up a cup and brought it to his lips. It was a cup of unimaginable suffering. In the Garden of Gethsemane he prayed, “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done” (Luke 22:42). He was referring to the anguish he would endure. In the hours that followed, Jesus drained that cup of suffering dry, even as his body was drained of blood on a cruel Roman cross.

In the great plan of redemption, Jesus’ cup of suffering became for us a cup of salvation. He drank it down to save us from the cruel consequences of our sin. Jesus assumed the full penalty of our disobedience, rebellion and devious ways. But now by faith, we can become active recipients of the salvation he won on our behalf.

The next time you bring the communion cup to your lips you are remembering—acknowledging in a tangible way—that Jesus’ blood was shed for you. Salvation came through a cup of suffering. We can rejoice in that truth because early on a Sunday morning, Jesus’ dead body was jolted back to life. He was resurrected by the power of the Father, and one day the body of every believer will be resurrected too. In that moment we will experience the fullness of our salvation.

Tomorrow morning, I’ll return to my usual routine and I’ll enjoy my hot cup of coffee. But the cup I savor most is the cup the Lord provides—the cup of salvation.

Response: Lord Jesus, I thank you for your sacrifice. You gave yourself fully for me. On a crude wooden cross, you purchased my salvation. Today, help me fulfill my vows to the LORD. Amen.

Your TurnWhich cup do you appreciate most? How can you show your appreciation for the cup of salvation?

* 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 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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“One of the most dangerous potential weapon against you and Proverbs 18:17” 9/18/2022 Written by Pastor Jim Lee for “The Domain for Truth”

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Proverbs 18:17 WEB

Written by Pastor Jim Lee for “The Domain for Truth” @ veritasdomain.wordpress.com

Original post @  https://veritasdomain.wordpress.com/2021/11/20/one-of-the-most-dangerous-potential-weapon-against-you-and-proverbs-1817/

One of the most dangerous potential weapon against you and Proverbs 18:17

November 20, 2021 by SLIMJIM

Every problem in our time seems to be further fueled by social media.  I realize social media can be a great tool.  I realize there are many different opinions.  But I’m most concerned with falsehoods that spread, that target individuals with false accusations.  This seems particularly heinous than just different perspectives and disagreements about things.  A thought came to mind that I couldn’t let go of tonight:

With social media, there has never been a time in history like ours where an ordinary person like yourself can at any unexpected moment be judged wrongly by others on the basis of the least minimal data potentially spreading to the largest amount of people with some of the gravest consequences.

Let me expand on that:

  1. Judged wrongly by others on the basis of the least minimal data: a screenshot, a clip, a sound bite.

  2. Spreading to the largest amount of people: contents about you going around social media or worst, going viral.

  3. Gravest consequences: employers firing you, clients no longer going to your business and your company dies, legal woes, cancel culture, suicide or others physically harming you.

Sobering. This should make us slow down how we use social media. Especially when we hear an individual or a group is described as being in the wrong. Remember Proverbs 18:17: “The first to plead his case seems right, Until another comes and examines him.” Be that second person.  Sometimes that means we might be more slower to speak and share.  It means we have to ask questions; and hard questions.

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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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