“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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“Eternal One” 12/14/2017 Posted by Alister Begg for “Truth for Life”

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DAILY DEVOTIONAL DECEMBER 12, 2017

Eternal One

 

His were the everlasting ways. 
Habakkuk 3:6

 

What God has done on one occasion, He will do again. Man’s ways are variable, but God’s ways are everlasting. There are many reasons for this most comforting truth.

Among them are the following: The Lord’s ways are the result of wise deliberation; He orders everything according to the counsel of His own will. Human action is frequently the hasty result of passion or fear and is followed by regret and change; but nothing can take the Almighty by surprise or happen contrary to what He has foreseen.

His ways are the outgrowth of an unchanging character, and in them the fixed and settled attributes of God are clearly seen. Unless the Eternal One Himself can undergo change, His ways, which are Himself in action, must remain forever the same. Is He eternally just, gracious, faithful, wise, tender? Then His ways must always be distinguished by the same excellences. Beings act according to their nature: When those natures change, their conduct also varies. But since God cannot know the shadow of turning, His ways will remain everlastingly the same.

Furthermore there is no external reason that could reverse the divine ways, since they are the embodiment of irresistible might. The prophet tells us that the earth is split with rivers, mountains tremble, the sea lifts up its hands, and the sun and moon stand still when Jehovah marches out for the salvation of His people.

Who can prevent Him or say to Him, “What are You doing?” But it is not only might that gives stability; God’s ways are the manifestation of the eternal principles of right and therefore can never pass away. Wrong breeds decay and involves ruin, but the true and the good are marked by a vitality that time cannot diminish.

This morning let us go to our heavenly Father with confidence, remembering that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever, and in Him the Lord is always gracious to His people.

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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/2014/10/26/the-truth-about-sin-10262014-by-bruce-reposted-from-7112013/

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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“By His Sovereign Choice” 12/13/2017 Posted by Alister Begg for “Truth for Life”

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DEVOTIONALS  

 

By His Sovereign Choice

But the Lord’s portion is his people.

 Deuteronomy 32:9

How are they His? By His own sovereign choice. He chose them and set His love upon them. He did this completely apart from any goodness in them at the time or any goodness that He foresaw in them.

He had mercy on whom He would have mercy and ordained a chosen company to eternal life; in this way, therefore, they are His by His unconstrained election.

They are not only His by choice, but by purchase. He has bought and paid for them completely, and so there can be no dispute about His title.

Not with corruptible things like silver and gold, but with the precious blood of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord’s portion has been fully redeemed.

There is no mortgage on His estate; no lawsuits can be raised by opposing claimants. The price was paid in open court, and the Church is the Lord’s estate forever. See the blood-mark upon all the chosen, invisible to the human eye but known to Christ, for “the Lord knows those who are his.”1

He forgets none of those whom He has redeemed from among men; He counts the sheep for whom He laid down His life and remembers carefully the Church for which He gave Himself.

They are also His by conquest. What a battle He had in us before we would be won! How long He laid siege to our hearts! How often He sent us terms of surrender, but we barred our gates and built our walls against Him.

Do we not remember that glorious hour when He carried our hearts by storm, when He placed His cross against the wall and scaled our ramparts, planting on our strongholds the blood-red flag of His omnipotent mercy? Yes, we are indeed the conquered captives of His omnipotent love. As those chosen, who have been purchased and subdued, we know that the rights of our divine possessor are inalienable: We rejoice that we can never be our own; and we desire, day by day, to do His will and to declare His glory.

1) 2 Timothy 2:19

One-Year Bible Reading Plan


Devotional material is taken from “Morning and Evening,” written by C.H. Spurgeon, revised and updated by Alistair Begg. Copyright (c) 2003, Good News Publishers and used by Truth For Life with written permission. Today’s Bible Reading material is taken from McCheyne Bible reading plan and used by Truth For Life with permission. Scripture quotations are taken from Holy Bible: English Standard Version, copyright (c) 2001, Good News Publishers.

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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/2014/10/26/the-truth-about-sin-10262014-by-bruce-reposted-from-7112013/

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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“You will never look at your laundry the same” 12/12/2017 Written by Elihu Anderson for “Courage”

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You will never look at your laundry the same

I beamed with satisfaction as I folded the last pair of socks. Feeling a renewed sense of vigor, I decided to get a head start on tomorrow’s laundry.

I turned to my daughter, who was sitting in the chair reading, and asked, “Would you mind grabbing the clothes from your hamper, as well as your brother’s and sister’s?”

My eager beaver raced from the room. A second later, she was back, pushing a bulging hamper with all her might. My eyes widened in shock.

“Wow. Thanks! I—” I began.

“Hang on! I’ll be right back with the rest!” she called, racing off again.

“The rest?!

How could there possibly be more?

I gazed open-mouthed on the new mound of clothing. With three kids in the house, I sometimes wonder if the laundry has babies of its own.

Ah, laundry—the chore that never ends.

Whether it’s Christmas time or laundry time, the demands of life provide abundant source material for complaining.

“Do I have to buy a present for Uncle Herbie?”

“Ugh. Why do they put up decorations before Halloween??”

“I still haven’t finished my Christmas cards and I only have 17 more days!”

“Why do these charities keep pestering me for money when I hardly have enough to buy our gifts?!”

More cookies?!”

“Look out… Aunt Mildred made her eggnog again…”

The question is, will we choose to spend our lives complaining about everything, or will we change our outlook?

Let’s go back to laundry. I could easily crack a hundred complaints—disguised as jokes—to bear up under my clothing load, but I would gain far more benefit if I chose to wear gratitude, rather than grumbling, as the prized garment of my heart.

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Here is what I should remember as I look at my laundry pile:

I have a family.

There are children who would love to have parents. There are adults who long to have children. There are parents who miss their grown children and would happily wash their dirty socks again, just to have them around. Single people long to be married and widows miss their spouse. My laundry pile stands as a tangible reminder that I have people in my life at this moment to love and care for. Instead of grumbling about the chore, I should give thanks today for the blessing of having my spouse and children with me.

I have clothes.

The jeans may have holes, the shirts may be fading, and that sweater from five years ago is totally outdated, but at least I have something to cover my body. As cold weather creeps in, I should be thankful to have a jacket instead of complaining about washing one. God has given me what I need to stay warm and modest, and that is worth being thankful for.

Furthermore, the mound of laundry indicates that I have more than one outfit and my family members have more than one outfit. Less than a century ago, many people had 1-2 work outfits and their Sunday best. Some would say they were lucky to have that!

Be thankful for your abundance. If you want to minimize your wardrobe (and your laundry load), find a local charity and donate some local clothes. Better yet, buy some clothes to donate to the homeless. (My cousin, who frequently works with the homeless, says socks are typically the most needed and least donated).

I have the ability to clean my clothes

I wouldn’t be able to clean my clothes without access to water and soap. Water is essential to life, and the fact that I have it in abundance is something I take for granted far too often. Last year, after a particularly hard freeze, our pipes froze and we went without running water for three days. That experienced gave me a whole new appreciation for running water. Give thanks to God for the blessings He has given you—modern conveniences, running water, and more!

We can take this practice one step further:

When folding a pair of socks or hanging another shirt, ask the Lord to bless the person who wears them. Take the opportunity to pray for that person—for their health, spiritual needs, etc.

When buying and wrapping gifts, say a prayer for the person receiving it.

When washing the dishes, offer a short prayer of thanks for the Lord providing food and the means to eat it under sanitary conditions.

Instead of fussing over the lack of Christmas lights on your house, give thanks to God for providing electricity to heat your home during the cold winter.

When buying your holiday goodies, give thanks for the abundance and share a bag of groceries with a family in need.

We can choose to be clothed in grumbling or choose to be clothed in gratitude. We can fuss over our petty #FirstWorldProblems or be thankful we live in a free country. We can roll our eyes at the holiday rush or give thanks for the one who truly gives us something worth celebrating.

What will you wear today? Gratitude or Grumbling?

Now read this: How to turn a complaining heart into a thankful heart 


Elihu Anderson is a surviving California native currently thriving in West Texas. When she isn’t writing for Elihu’s Corner, she is teaching, researching, walking, and book-worming with a cup of chai. Visit Elihu at elihuscorner.com

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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/2014/10/26/the-truth-about-sin-10262014-by-bruce-reposted-from-7112013/

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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It Not Retirement it is Repositioning 12/11/2017 Written by Matthew Winters for “Matthew Winters (Comeback Pastor)

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It Not Retirement it is Repositioning

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Stop me if you have heard this: “We are a dying church.  The average age of our congregation is in the sixty plus range. We need young families.  We have put in our time; it is time for us to pass the baton to younger folks.”

There are two ways to view this.  The glass half empty view is: we are a dying church.  Our members are old and tired, and the end is near for them and us.

The glass half full view is: “Yes we have older saints in our congregation and boy are we blessed.  These seasoned saints have time and knowledge that the church can enjoy.  And what Millennials are seeking most in the church is relationship and someone to act as a spiritual guide through the dark maze of this amoral society.”

An Attitude Shift is Required

In order for the church to make use of the gifts of God sitting in the pews, we need to rethink our view of older adults.  Maybe this illustration will help.

Old age is dreaded by almost everyone because it usually means loneliness, physical decline, and a retreat to inactivity. Some people tend to lose their enthusiasm for life and spend too much time in fruitless reminiscing and self-pity. They feel like “Old Jimmy”, an elderly gentleman George Mueller often told about. When this man was asked what he did all day since he had retired, he replied, “I just sit and think, and sit and think, and sometimes I just sit!” That’s getting old in the worst way — ceasing to live before we die.

History records that many people made some of their greatest contributions to society after the age of 65. The Earl of Halsburg, for example, was 90 when he began preparing a 20- volume revision of English law. Goethe wrote Faust at 82. Galileo made his greatest discovery when he was 73. At 69, Hudson Taylor was still vigorously working on the mission field, opening up new territories in Indochina. And when Caleb was 85, he took the stronghold of the giants (Josh. 14:10-15).

God never intends for us to retire from spiritual activity. The Bible says we can “still bring forth fruit in old age.” Even as Jesus kept the “best wine” for the last at the wedding in Cana (John 2:10), so He seeks to gather the most luscious clusters of the fruit of the Spirit from the fully ripened harvest of our lives. You may be sure God wouldn’t keep you on this earth if He didn’t have a worthwhile ministry for you to accomplish. So, keep on serving the Lord!  Our Daily Bread.

Older, wiser saints; the Lord and the Church still has a need for the gifts you bring.  Don’t check out on ministry when you have so much to offer, so deep an impact to make.  Next week I will explore ways for the church to unleash the wealth of talents sitting idle in our pews.

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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/2014/10/26/the-truth-about-sin-10262014-by-bruce-reposted-from-7112013/

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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“With All Your Might” 12/10/2017 Posted by Alister Begg for “Truth for Life” 

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DEVOTIONALS  

With All Your Might

Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might.

 Ecclesiastes 9:10

“Whatever your hand finds to do” refers to works that are possible. There are many things that our heart finds to do that we will never do. It is good for it to be in our heart; but if we would be eminently useful, we must not be content with forming schemes in our heart and talking of them; we must practically carry out “whatever your hand finds to do.”

One good deed is worth more than a thousand brilliant theories. Let us not wait for large opportunities or for a different kind of work, but just do the things we “find to do” day by day.

We have no other time in which to live. The past is gone; the future has not arrived; we will never have any time but now. So do not wait until your experience has ripened into maturity before you attempt to serve God.

Endeavor now to bring forth fruit. Serve God now, but be careful about the way in which you perform what you find to do-“do it with your might.”

Do it promptly; do not fritter away your life in thinking of what you intend to do tomorrow as if that could repay today’s laziness.

No one ever served God by doing things tomorrow. If we honor Christ and are blessed, it is by the things that we do today.

Whatever you do for Christ, throw your whole soul into it. Do not give Christ a little halfhearted labor, done as a matter of course every now and then; but when you serve Him, do it with heart and soul and strength.

But where is the power of a Christian? It is not in himself, for he is perfect weakness. His power lies in the Lord of Hosts. Let us then seek His help; let us proceed with prayer and faith, and when we have done what our “hand finds to do,” let us wait upon the Lord for His blessing. What we do in this way will be well done and will not fail in its effect.

 

One-Year Bible Reading Plan


Devotional material is taken from “Morning and Evening,” written by C.H. Spurgeon, revised and updated by Alistair Begg. Copyright (c) 2003, Good News Publishers and used by Truth For Life with written permission. Today’s Bible Reading material is taken from McCheyne Bible reading plan and used by Truth For Life with permission. Scripture quotations are taken from Holy Bible: English Standard Version, copyright (c) 2001, Good News Publishers.
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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/2014/10/26/the-truth-about-sin-10262014-by-bruce-reposted-from-7112013/

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

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“Is the Bible relevant for today?” 12/09/2017 Posted by www.gotquestions.org

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Question: “Is the Bible relevant for today?”


Answer: Hebrews 4:12 says, “For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” While the Bible was completed approximately 1900 years ago, its accuracy and relevance for today remain unchanged. The Bible is the sole objective source of all the revelation God has given us about Himself and His plan for humanity.

The Bible contains a great deal of information about the natural world that has been confirmed by scientific observations and research. Some of these passages include Leviticus 17:11; Ecclesiastes 1:6-7; Job 36:27-29; Psalm 102:25-27 and Colossians 1:16-17. As the Bible’s story of God’s redemptive plan for humanity unfolds, many different characters are vividly described. In those descriptions, the Bible provides a great deal of information about human behavior and tendencies. Our own day-to-day experience shows us that this information is more accurate and descriptive of the human condition than any psychology textbook. Many historical facts recorded in the Bible have been confirmed by extra-biblical sources. Historical research often shows a great deal of agreement between biblical accounts and extra-biblical accounts of the same events.

However, the Bible is not a history book, a psychology text, or a scientific journal. The Bible is the description God gave us about who He is, and His desires and plans for humanity. The most significant component of this revelation is the story of our separation from God by sin and God’s provision for restoration of fellowship through the sacrifice of His Son, Jesus Christ, on the cross. Our need for redemption does not change. Neither does God’s desire to reconcile us to Himself.

The Bible contains a great deal of accurate and relevant information. The Bible’s most important message—redemption—is universally and perpetually applicable to humanity. God’s Word will never be outdated, superseded, or improved upon. Cultures change, laws change, generations come and go, but the Word of God is as relevant today as it was when it was first written. Not all of Scripture necessarily applies explicitly to us today, but all Scriptures contain truth that we can, and should, apply to our lives today.

Recommended Resource: The Quest Study Bible

 

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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/2014/10/26/the-truth-about-sin-10262014-by-bruce-reposted-from-7112013/

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 Blame Game 12/08/2017 Written by bruce r. mills for “God’s group”

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Re-posted from 9/20/2015 by bruce r. mills for “God’s group” @  http://www.Godsmanforever.com

 

Luke 23:34… Then said JesusFatherforgive themfor they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.  (NKJV)

 

The opening scripture has Jesus speaking, as He hangs on the cross at Calvary near the end of His mortal life…  Jesus tells His Father to forgive the elders, scribes, Pharisees, and the rest of the Jews and others who wanted to see Jesus suffer and die on the cross…

 

I don’t know of any better example for not holding a grudge, or for not blaming those who were crucifying Jesus, than Jesus’ testimony showing forgiveness to all of His enemies, right before His death on the cross…

 

There is absolutely, positively no excuse or reason a Christian can provide, that the Lord would find acceptable, after they blame someone or something else to cover their sins…

 

This “blame game” started way back in the Garden of Eden, when Adam blamed his sin of eating the forbidden apple on Eve…and Eve blamed the serpent (Satan) for deceiving her into eating from the only tree in the Garden of Eden (the tree of the knowledge of good and evil) that God strictly forbid them from touching…Genesis 2:16-17

 

God didn’t accept Adam and Eve’s use of blaming another back then…and God won’t accept our use of blame now, as we try to shift responsibility for our actions upon someone or something else to cover our sins…

 

Christians are responsible for their actions at all times…  Christians are given free will by God, but their response to anyone or any adverse situation that comes before them, should always be made in a godly manner…  Are we successful at this ??  Heck no!!  It is never easy to show love and forgiveness as a response to anger, or resentment, or bitterness, or persecution towards us…

 

But Jesus tells His children this, in…

Matthew 5:44…  “But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you,”  (NKJV)

 

I believe every true Christian should always want to obey Jesus’ commands…but we are incapable in our own strength to be able to please the Lord in difficult times…  This is why God gave His children the Holy Spirit, to live with-in the Christian as their life long Helper…John 14:26…  After salvation, if the Christian remains filled with the Holy Spirit (is walking in the Spirit), they will have a good chance of repelling the temptations to sin…Galatians 5:16

 

But a Christian cannot remain walking in the Spirit, and respond to any atrocity that comes before them with anything but love…   This power to overcome evil with good is only possible, when the Holy Spirit has total control of the Christian’s life…  This total submission to the leading of the Holy Spirit is what produces the fruit of the Spirit that the Apostle Paul teaches us about, in…

 

Galatians 5:22-23… But the fruit of the Spirit is lovejoypeace,long sufferingkindnessgoodnessfaithfulness23 gentlenessself-control. Against such there is no law. (NKJV)

 

No one can make us say or do anything (not even Satan), if we rely on the power of the Holy Spirit to overcome evil with good…Romans 12:21…  God is always faithful to His children to never allow temptations to sin come before them, without providing a way for Christians to escape them…1 Corinthians 10:13

 

So if you are a Christian, the next time you think about blaming someone or something for the sin in your life…”Think Jesus” instead…  Think about what Jesus would say or do if He were in your shoes…  Blame is never a cure for the Christian…  Blame encourages sin… Blame creates disharmony at home, at work, and between friends…  And blame will break the sweet fellowship of walking in the Spirit as a Christian, until this sin is confessed and repented of…1 John 1:9

 

Are you a Christian presently holding grudges, or resentment against someone you are blaming for a wrong done to you in the past ??  May I suggest that you get on your knees and ask the Lord to forgive you for holding this resentment or bitterness in your heart…  You will neverever be righteous in God’s eyes until this resentment or grudge is laid at the feet of Jesus Christ…

 

Jesus tells us this, in…

Matthew 6:14-15…  “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”  (NKJV)

 

Friends, this is a real easy Christian concept that Jesus is teaching us in these 2 verses…  If you want the Lord to forgive you of your trespasses…you must first forgive others of theirs…  I came across the following link that discussesMatthew 6:14-15…  But it also discussed the fact that any unconfessed sin will separate the Christian from walking in sweet fellowship with the Lord…   

http://www.gotquestions.org/forgive-forgiven.html  

Heavenly Father, help all of Your children to see the simple truth of Your Word…  Urge us Lord, through the power and the conviction of the Holy Spirit…to not only forgive others of their trespasses against us…but to also to seek Your forgiveness of any unconfessed sins…  Help us Lord, to turn, confess, and repent of these sins, to again be filled with the Holy Spirit…  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

 

P.S.  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/2014/10/26/the-truth-about-sin-10262014-by-bruce-reposted-from-7112013/

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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