“TAKE A BREATH & COUNT TO TEN” 8/04/2020 Written by Kathy Boecher for “atimetoshare”

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TAKE A BREATH & COUNT TO TEN

Posted on August 3, 2020by atimetoshare.me

“Take a breath and count to ten.”  We’ve all said it at one time or another.  It sometimes works with children, but what about  adults?  How do we control our anger when faced with so much of it every day?  Anger usually comes from frustration, inability to communicate what we feel and a lack of compassion for one another.

We all need to take a moment to compose ourselves, before we speak or do something we will eventually regret.  But how do we do that when everyone else is so angry?  It might work to count to ten, but anger often rears its ugly head at about five.

We, the adults, are supposed to be setting the example for future generations.  Are we doing that?  Take a look at our current division in the political arena.  Take a look at most television shows, pitting one against another.  Observe the bullying going on in the workplace.  Watch the daily news filled with road rage, murder, assault, etc.

Why can’t we live in harmony?  Where’s the compassion for one another? Why does everything have to be a competition to see who’s the best?

Take a breath.

Count to ten.

Take another breath.

Keep your mouth shut for a while.

Count to a hundred if necessary,

or a thousand.

We all need to look for some balance.  We as human beings are going to get angry.  It’s part of our sinful nature.  However, if we look at the perfect example for what human behavior should look like, all we need do is turn to Jesus, the Son of God.  In His humanity, he displayed anger.  His anger was righteous however, since His house of worship was being infested by money changers and thieves. Corruption seems to show its ugliness even in the supposedly purest of places.

Still, Jesus the man also is God.  He inherited His Father’s righteous indignation, but He also was merciful.  Mercy seems to be a word that isn’t used much today, except in a court of law.  Mercy is akin to compassion, grace, leniency, kindness or sympathy.  Those terms have given way to cold heartedness, mercilessness, inhumanity, retribution and revenge.  We’ve been exposed to a lot of those terms lately.

What if Jesus showed no mercy to His accusers and simply zapped them straight to hell?  What if He never went to the cross and took on the burden of our sin so that we wouldn’t have to?  What if He was never born?  Think of the state our world would be in today, had He not taken on human form and died for us.

Have we become so ingrained with anger that our opinion is the only one that counts?  Are we so bold as to think, we’re better than others?  Are we willing to listen, to communicate, to work together to solve problems, or are we looking only to make others look bad?  The world will always be ugly.  Sin still exists, but we have been bought and paid for by the blood of our Savior. We should start reflecting His personality.

Take a breath.

He took His last breath,

So that we could breathe forever.

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

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

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“What Do You Do in the Midst of Defeat?” 8/03/2020 Posted by David Kitz for “I Love the Psalms”

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What Do You Do in the Midst of Defeat?

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Reading: Psalm 44
(Verses 17-26)

All this came upon us, though we had not forgotten you;
we had not been false to your covenant.
Our hearts had not turned back;
our feet had not strayed from your path.
But you crushed us and made us a haunt for jackals;
you covered us over with deep darkness.
If we had forgotten the name of our God
or spread out our hands to a foreign god,
would not God have discovered it,
since he knows the secrets of the heart?
Yet for your sake we face death all day long;
we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.
Awake, LORD! Why do you sleep?
Rouse yourself! Do not reject us forever.
Why do you hide your face and forget our misery and oppression?
We are brought down to the dust;
our bodies cling to the ground.
Rise up and help us; rescue us because of your unfailing love 
(NIV).*

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Reflection
As previously noted, Psalm 44 begins in a very positive fashion as the psalmist recalls the goodness of the LORD and the great victories Israel has won because of the LORD’s help. But that is not the present reality. The present reality is filled with defeat, death and destruction. The psalmist moves from rejoicing over past victories to lamenting over present-day tribulations. Hear his words of anguish: Yet for your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.

What do you do in the midst of defeat? Do you put on a brave face and pretend all is going well? There may be occasions when putting on a brave face is warranted, even necessary—but inside, when we are alone with our thoughts we question why God would allow such things. Why would God allow a child to die? Why would He allow a global pandemic or a natural disaster like an earthquake to claim countless innocent lives? Normally, these life-shattering matters don’t come with pat answers in tow. We are left in a state of grief and bewilderment.

Often believers see such events as retribution for sins committed against a holy God. But note the psalmist’s complaint: All this came upon us, though we had not forgotten you; we had not been false to your covenant. Our hearts had not turned back; our feet had not strayed from your path.

The brutal truth is bad things happen to good people. Sometimes Christians are martyred on a beach in Libya. Sometimes a cruel disease hems us in on every side and there is no escape, aside from death and heaven’s door. Sometimes all we can do is pour out our complaint before a God of unfailing love.

Response: LORD God, when life is hard, help me to remember to bring my complaints and travails to you. You are bigger than any agony or grief I may face. I call out to you, my Savior and my God. Amen.

Your TurnIn your opinion has God been unfair to you? How do you respond?

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

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

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“Patience with disagreements about the Virus” 8/02/2020 Written by Pastor Jim Lee for “The Domain for Truth”

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The Church during the days of Corona Virus: Patience with disagreements about the Virus

 

May 17, 2020 by SLIMJIM

Our “This Sunday” series will be another a Corona Virus edition.  For this Sunday here’s what you can do: Patience with disagreements about the Virus.

This verse is still true even with the virus situation: “Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, 2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love, 3 being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace“ (Ephesians 4:1-3).  Note the word patience in verse 2.  Note also verse 2 states “showing tolerance for one another in love.”  

Not easy.  But let’s try our best to follow this.

There will be various spectrum of views. Yes your view might be right.  Or others are right and we are wrong.  But realize we’re in a hard situation.  We can disagree with political policies and solutions.  But still we must treat our brothers as brothers and sisters as sisters in the faith.  Also displaying patience makes you more winsome of others to your view.

What might help you to be more patient and tolerant of fellow church members is to think about how your own view might have changed the last few months with this virus.  I know I have seen experts change their view; no doubt those who are non-experts might do so too.  Also even if your view is still overall the same remember others might have a real legitimate concern even if they aren’t fully right in their view of a solution.  Something can be said about recognizing a brother or a sister’s concern be it the economy, their health or of a loved one, their fear of government overreach or their fear the government hasn’t done a good job, etc.

Or even better to help you be patient and tolerant with other church members’ view: Search yourself and ask God to show To you any area you are inconsistent.  I’m going to step on some toes on this one:  Some might think the virus is no big deal, it’s just merely another “cold” or “flu.”  But then they get angry with China suppressing the truth of what’s going on with the virus and think we should nuke them or go to war with them; believe it or not I had to talk to someone about this.  Not only is it inconsistent with the view that the virus is and is not a big deal, but this view is inconsistent with the view that lives should be saved on the one hand and on the other hand more lives should be killed.

I know I swiped on someone just more on the political right but here’s one concerning the inconsistency of something more “left” (for lack of better term): You might think people should practice social distancing but then in your own life you have a birthday party inviting many people.  My neighborhood has a lot of progressive types with “Biden” political signs and I’ve heard some wax loudly about masks and social distancing, etc and then you see the birthday parties and I have to think: Wow, that’s kind of hypocritical.  It turned out my neighborhood was on the news with how birthday parties was a mean of people getting more virus hospitalization.

Nothing I said above should be taken that there’s no right and wrong answer at all; surely its hard but there’s also obvious wrong answers.  Nor should anything I said about be taken to mean that you can’t share what you think.  That’s not what I’m going for.  Rather we can share our views but be ready to be patient with disagreements.

Also to help with dealing with disagreements, pray for God to guide you and also pray for those you disagree.  Don’t just pray that God would show them they are wrong; pray for their wellbeing as well!

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

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

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“Are You a Christian in God’s Eyes, and “ON FIRE” for the Lord, or not ??” 8/01/2020 Written by bruce r. mills for “God’s group” 

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“Are You a Christian in God’s Eyes, and ON FIREfor the Lord, or not ??”

  

I write this post with this provocative title, with absolute love and concern for the eternal destiny of family, friends, neighbors, old CBC Youth Group kids (now young adults,) and all those in my circle of influence who are not yet “born again” Christians in God’s eyes…or believers who are not now ON FIRE for the Lord.

You look at the length of this important post, and are considering to stop right here.  But when you compare 15 minutes of your time, vs. an eternity in either heaven or hell…you just might want to spend the time reading to the end. This I hope will include “The gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ”…the “good news” message God uses to save sinners.  [See reference number 3 below]   Jesus gives us an excellent description of a place where you won’t want to spend eternity, in…Luke 16:19-31…  (Google it !!)

I also write this post for truly “born again” Christians, who have lost the fire for the Lord that they once had, after being graced by God with salvation.  My personal belief with the following scripture, has Jesus telling some that they are “lukewarm” Christians.  [Christians in name only, not saved by God’s grace]

Revelation 3:16…  So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth.  (NKJV)

WOW !!    If you are only “lukewarm” for Jesus, I pray you continue reading this possible life changing post !!

This title, and the truth I share with love, I pray will be used by God to raise the eyebrows and open hearts and minds to God’s truth, of those who falsely believe they are a Christian in God’s eyes…when sadly they are not.  ☹

I know from my personal life experience how easy it is for Satan to blind the eyes and confuse the minds of unbelievers.

2 Corinthians 4:4…   In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.  (ESV)

You see, I thought I was a Christian for almost 52 years, before God drew me in (John 6:44).  And God, yes God alone…graced me with salvation, and filled me with the Holy Spirit.  How is this possible you ask ??  Read on, and I will tell you !!

If you are not 100% sure you’re a “born again” Christian…positively knowing you are heaven bound after you draw your last breath…I pray you spend the time reading why you might not be a Christian in God’s eyes.

There are many people that say they are a Christian.  They say they believe in God.  But even Satan knew who God was.  If you are interested in these scripture verses, you will see God/Jesus speaking with Satan, in…Job 1:7-12 & Matthew 4:1-11.

Becoming a “born again” Christian in God’s eyes is absolutely the most important thing that can happen in your entire life !!  If you aren’t 100% sure you are heaven bound when you draw your last breath, you are either only a Christian in your own mind, without a heart changed by God (called heart regeneration)…or your “born again…” saved by God’s grace, and sealed with the Holy Spirit until the day of redemption…Ephesians 1:13-14…  But as a new believer, you still need to grow and mature in your Christian walk. God has indwelt you with the Holy Spirit to combat sin…but the flesh is weak.  You should want to obey the leading of the Holy Spirit, but your spiritual walk will take time to mature, as you are being sanctified and conformed into the image of Christ…Romans 8:29

Satan can cause doubts in the “born again” Christian’s mind.  It is only by allowing the Holy Spirit to take total control of your life, that you will be filled with the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 5:18-20), and will then be able to Walk in the Spirit…Galatians 5:16

With the Holy Spirit controlling your every thought…you will 100% KNOW that you ARE heaven bound when you die !!

How can you be 100% sure you ask ??  Because we read this, penned by the apostle Paul… 

Romans 8:16  The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God(NKJV)

Becoming a Christian is God’s will (which I will expound upon below), not because you were raised by Christian parents, or because you say you want to become a Christian. You are not necessarily a Christian in God’s eyes because you made a prayer to God in a Youth Group 3 day weekend Christian rally at “Snow Camp,” up at the Word of Life Bible Institute, in Pottersville, NY.

I have a lot of respect for the Word of Life Institute.  My daughter was saved there by God’s grace, on a Youth Group weekend rally. They preach the gospel of Christ 3 times, over this 3-day weekend.  But one of the ways they preach the gospel of Christ…has them telling these teenagers they are going to hell for an eternity, if they don’t accept the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior.  Of course, some of these kids might make a prayer to God for salvation out of fear. ☹  And those that profess to have been graced with salvation by God, are given a Bible with the date they were saved.   But if this is only salvation in their mind, (because God never regenerated their heart)…they falsely believe they are a Christian, when sadly they are NOT. ☹

And you don’t necessarily become a Christian in God’s eyes, when you heard the famous Billy Graham preach the gospel of Christ at a Boy Scout rally when you were 16; and you prayed what some call the “sinners prayer” to accept Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior.  If you made a profession of faith, you were called forward and congratulated on becoming a “born again” Christian.  But you might falsely believe (sometimes lifelong,) that you are a true Christian in God’s eyes…without any of the good works which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them…AFTER we are saved by God’s grace.  These good works done AFTER our salvation, are proof we ARE a Christian in God’s eyes, if they were works prepared by God beforehand.

Ephesians 2:10…  For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.  (NKJV)

The Bible is clear, for those that have called themselves a Christian for quite a while…that faith without works is dead faith.  We see this twice, in scripture written by the apostle James (Jesus’ half-brother), in…James 2:17 & James 2:24 & 26.

James 2:17…   Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.  (NKJV)

James 2:24 & 26…  You see then that a man is justified by works, and not by faith only.  26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.  (NKJV)

John 15:4-5…  Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing (ESV)

A brand new “born again” Christian is saved by God alone, based upon the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross…through saving faith alone, by God’s grace alone…Ephesians 2:8-9…  There is no good works needed to be done for the Lord to be saved by God.  A good example of this would be the thief on the cross, that did no good works for the Lord his entire life.  The thief believed Jesus Christ was the Son of God, and said this…

Luke 23:41b-43…  but this Man has done nothing wrong.” 42 Then he said to Jesus, “Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom.”  43 And Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.”  (NKJV)

And you don’t become a Christian in God’s eyes, with a guaranteed room in God’s mansion when you die (John 14:1-4), just because you go to a church and comply with all the Sacraments your church tells you that you must fulfill, in order to be graced by God with Salvation.   You can go to church every week, and fulfill all the other works-based requirements of the church.  But these good works won’t get you past the pearly white gates of heaven after you take your last breath here on earth.  We see clearly, in these two possibly eye-opening pieces of scripture seen below, that it’s not your good works that you do in the name of the Lord, that are required for you to be graced with salvation by 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 to be saved.  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 get them into heaven…when Jesus warns those around Him (and us) this…

Matthew 7:21-23Not 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)

I never knew you; depart from Me is Jesus telling those who want to enter heaven after they die, that He never knew them as His redeemed “born again” child.  They were never truly saved by God’s grace, and thus were never a Christian in God’s eyes.

The key to this scripture is establishing a RELATIONSHIP with God the Father, through His Son Jesus Christ.  WE KNOW Him, and He KNOWS us.

These good works in the life of a true “born again” Christian, are evidence after their salvation that they are truly a Christian.  They should include, (but not be limited to,) praying to God every day. The apostle Paul tells us we should pray without ceasing, in…1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

And we should be spending time reading and digesting God’s Word (the Bible,) hopefully every day.  Being spiritually fed from God’s Word, is every bit as important as eating food and drinking water.

You cannot grow spiritually apart from reading, studying the Bible, and applying God’s Word to your life.  Jesus tells us twice in…Matthew 4:4 & Luke 4:4, that we need to be spiritually fed in order to grow in what is called progressive sanctification.  See reference number 1 below for a good description

Matthew 4:4  But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’”  (NKJV)

This Word from God (the Bible), is given by inspiration of God, as men were empowered by the Holy Spirit, when they wrote the 66 books of the Bible.     (See 2 Timothy 3:16-17 & 2 Peter 1:21)

Attending a Bible believing and teaching church (hopefully every week) to use your spiritual gift(s), is also a sign that you MIGHT be heaven bound as a “born again” Christian when you die. God gives EVERY “born again” redeemed child of His, a spiritual gift(s), that they are to use in a local church “to edify the whole body,” (the body of Christ)

 1 Peter 4:10As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.  (NKJV)

Here we read this scripture on the need for attending church hopefully every week, as penned by the writer of Hebrews, in…

Hebrews 10:25…   not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. (ESV)

There is an excellent link with many scripture verses and reasons for attending church to use your spiritual gift(s), that you can read about, in reference number 2 below.

Yes, the truth about “becoming a Christian in God’s eyes is the most important thing you can do in your entire life.  And the Bible is clear that a “born again” Christian is a new creation in Christ.  Your life will change dramatically !!

2 Corinthians 5:17…   Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.  (NKJV)

We also see that it is ALL God’s will and God’s work to be “born again,” in the following scripture penned by the apostle John, in…

John 1:12-13…  But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: 13 who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.  (NKJV)

Did you catch the most important words from this scripture, “to them He gave the right to become children of God.”

We also see Jesus telling us this very important point, that happened to me as I mentioned above, before I was justified as righteous in God’s eyes.

John 6:44…  No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day.  (ESV)

We can only be saved by God’s grace by knowing God with a One on one relationship with our heavenly Father, which occurs after understanding and obeying the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. [See reference number 3 below]

We read this very clearly when we read about those who fail to seek the Lord while He may still be found (Isaiah 55:6,) in this scripture penned by the apostle Paul, in…

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

I must tell you about the amazing benefits God gives to His “born again” children.  God indwells every new redeemed child of His with the Holy Spirit.  And the Holy Spirit is the Helper and Comforter of the believer…who will guide, protect, and empower God’s children in ways that have to be experienced to be believed !!  The Holy Spirit can open doors and accomplish things in the life of God’s redeemed children, that they could never do by their own strength or merit.  We see this in the following scripture…

Ephesians 3:20…  Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us,  (NKJV)

My friend…maybe you want to be a nurse.  Why limit your potential, when God may want you to be a doctor ??  The Holy Spirit is God’s power that works in us,” that is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think !!”   When we understand God’s will for our lives…and we do our best to live in His will by obeying the leading of the Holy Spirit…our lives will flourish is so many ways !!

When we are obedient to the leading of the Holy Spirit, He helps us grow and mature in the fruit of the Spirit, we see penned by the apostle Paul, 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 these amazing, supernaturally empowered, “Christ like” attributes the Holy Spirit will help you with !!  Carefully look at each one, [love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control], to see where you may need real help.

I just can’t imagine going through my day without the help of the Holy Spirit keeping me on track to live for Christ !!  A good example of the Holy Spirit’s power helping us, would be when you can tell someone screaming in your face that you still love them !!  (See Matthew 5:43-44)

And the Holy Spirit can give you a supernatural peace, even with the death of a loved one, if you know they are now in heaven with the Lord. (2 Corinthians 5:8) This spiritual peace goes beyond our mortal comprehension, as we see in the following scripture…

Philippians 4:6-7…   do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (ESV)

John 14:27…   “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.”  (ESV)

God wants to take over your burdens and give you rest; and God promises to never leave you, nor forsake you, if you are one of His redeemed children.  We see this scripture spoken by Jesus Himself…

Matthew 11:28-30 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”  (ESV)

Now I write for all of you “born again” Christians reading this, that have lost the FIRE you once had for the Lord, after being saved by God’s grace.  If God is not first in your life…I believe you are a “lukewarm” Christian.  Jesus tells us this, in…

Revelation 3:15-16…   “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. 16 So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth.  (NKJV)

I will vomit you out of my mouth.”   This should have you cringing, with the Holy Spirit urging you to place God first again in your life !!  Don’t you think it’s time to stop trying to live your life your way ??   God wants you to come back to Him, and allow the Holy Spirit to again take FULL charge of your life. (Ephesians 5:18-20)   You need to confess, repent, and turn from any and all sins (including the sin of not placing God first in your life…known as a sin of omission – James 4:17)

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

Once all sins are humbly confessed before God, repented of, and turned from…God will be free to bless you in so many ways !!  The fruit of the Spirit shown above (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control,) will once again grow and mature, as the Holy Spirit is allowed to guide and direct every facet of your life.  Since God doesn’t make any mistakes…why not allow Him to direct your every move ??

Proverbs 3:5-6…  Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.  (NKJV)

By this time, I am hoping the Holy Spirit has been working on your heart if you are “born again”, urging you to come back under His control. And if you’re not a “born again” Christian, I pray you are urged to learn more about how you can become a redeemed, child of God.  Just continue on after my prayer, to a gospel presentation.  This is the gospel of Jesus Christ (the word gospel means “good news”)…which God uses to tell those who want eternal life in heaven with Him, what it means to understand and obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Gracious God and heavenly Father, I thank You and praise You for who You are.  I pray Father, that You would draw in and open the blinded eyes of those non-Christians who falsely believe that they are Christians in Your eyes, when they are not.  I pray that the Holy Spirit would work on their heart, and that they would seek Your Son Jesus Christ to become their personal Lord and Savior, by understanding and obeying the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ presented in reference number 3 below.

I pray for those “born again” lukewarm Christians, that have wandered away from You, to come back under the control of the Holy Spirit, by confessing, repenting, and turning from their sins.  I pray for many lives to be changed by You in the blink of an eye, in Jesus’ most precious name and for His sake…Amen…

Blessings in Christ,  Bruce

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References:

  1. Progressive Sanctification –  https://www.gotquestions.org/progressive- html

  1. “Why attend Church” –  https://www.learnreligions.com/the-bible-on-church-attendance-701991

  1. The gospel of Christ –  https://godsmanforever.com/2016/12/19/the-gospel-of-our-lord-jesus-christ-12182016-written-by-bruce-r-mills/

“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 4:4whose 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)

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...

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 6:44No 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…

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.

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 sinner’s 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 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…”

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…

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…

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 un-confessed sins will leave us in a state of rebellion against 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…

 

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)

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 those that don’t yet know You as their personal Lord and Savior, to Yourself…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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“Keys to developing eyes of faith” 8/01/2020 Written by Mel Wild for “In My Father’s House”

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Original post @ https://melwild.wordpress.com/2020/07/25/keys-to-developing-eyes-of-faith/

Keys to developing eyes of faith

 

Experiencing heavenly places in Christ is the most fundamental function of being a Christian. This is our inheritance! This is what Christ died for, so that we could enjoy the same relationship with the Father He has had from eternity (see John 17:21-26).

For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God” (Col.3:3). It couldn’t be any more clear. Our true life is hidden for us; it’s the treasure in the field that when one finds it they would give everything for it (Matt.13:44). And God wants you to find it!

Last time, I shared some of my own insights about how God helps us see into the heavenly realm. If you haven’t done so already, I suggest you read that post before continuing here. In this post, I will share seven very practical keys to help you develop your “eyes of faith.” Here they are.

Seven Keys to Developing Eyes of Faith

  1. Relationship must be the reason. The primary reason you’re doing this is to deepen your relationship with Christ in God, not to “go to heaven,” have angelic visitations, travel in the Spirit, or do supernatural “stuff.” All these can and many will happen. But they will only be the consequence of having your heart fixed on pursuing a deeper relationship with the Lord. Eternal life is knowing and experiencing God (John 17:3). Let Him lead you into whatever He wants you to see once you’re there.

  2. You must believe before you see.  Sadly, this is one that even Christians struggle with. You won’t see anything if you don’t believe. Your unbelief becomes self-fulfilling. As it says in Hebrews 11:33 about the heroes of faith, “Their faith fastened onto their promises and pulled them into reality(TPT). Did you get that? It was their faith that made the promises real. In the world of unbelief, seeing is believing; with the Kingdom of Heaven, you won’t see until you believe.

  3. You must open your heart. Your heart is the gateway to everything in life (Prov.4:23). It’s with the heart we believe (Rom.10:10). If our attitude is that God prove Himself, we blind ourselves to what we do see. Like the Pharisees, who demanded a sign from Jesus, didn’t even accept the signs they actually witnessed because of their hardened hearts.

  4. You must want to see. This is just as important. Faith is not passive. We can know we actually believe something when we act on it. If we have no real desire to “participate in the divine nature” (2 Pet.1:4), we won’t make the effort to learn how to train our soul to live from heaven.

  5. Record the vision. God told Habakkuk, “Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it” (Hab.2:4). When I have encounters with God, I keep a journal of what I saw and what I learned from the experience. As I said last time, each encounter adds more capability to see the heavenly realm with eyes of faith.

  6. Don’t try to imitate other people’s experiences. While there are many similarities, I’ve found that God uses your unique background, life experiences, along with your understanding of Scripture, to reveal heavenly realities to you. Keep in mind, heaven is infinitely multi-faceted, far more than we will ever fully comprehend. What matters is that you understand why God is showing you what He’s showing you. He may be showing someone else something totally different because that’s what they need right now in their journey with the Lord.

  7. You must actually do it! Here’s the thing. No one can abide in the Father’s love and learn to live from heaven for you. I can’t do this for you. Your pastor can’t do this for you. You can’t study your way into it. You must develop your own personal experience with God. But when you do, there’s overflowing joy! (Psalm 16:11; John 15:11).

Why does this work? Because we’re (our spirit) is actually seated in heavenly places with Christ right now! That’s a spiritual reality, confirmed by Scripture, regardless of what we believe about it. So all we’re doing is giving our soul permission to experience it. (For the Scripture basis for this, check out my “Heaven on Earth” category of posts).

I hope these practical keys help you engage your eyes of faith. God has already given us everything we need! He’s given us permission through His precious promises. Our part is to accept the invitation and participate in the divine nature (2 Pet.1:3-4). Enjoy the adventure!

51 And He said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, hereafter you shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.” (John 1:51 NKJV, emphasis mine)

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

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

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“How to Wait” 7/31/2020 Written by Tim Gustafson for “Our Daily Bread”

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Written by Tim Gustafson for “Our Daily Bread” @ http://odb.org

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July 20

How to Wait

 

Hear my voice when I call, Lord; be merciful to me and answer me.

Psalm 27:7

 

 

Today’s Scripture & Insight:

 

Psalm 27:1–3, 7–14

 

Frustrated and disappointed with church, seventeen-year-old Trevor began a years-long quest for answers. But nothing he explored seemed to satisfy his longings or answer his questions.

His journey did draw him closer to his parents. Still, he had problems with Christianity. During one discussion, he exclaimed bitterly, “The Bible is full of empty promises.”

Another man faced disappointment and hardship that fueled his doubts. But as David fled from enemies who sought to kill him, his response was not to run from God but to praise Him. “Though war break out against me, even then I will be confident,” he sang (Psalm 27:3).

Yet David’s poem still hints at doubt. His cry, “Be merciful to me and answer me” (v. 7), sounds like a man with fears and questions. “Do not hide your face from me,” David pleaded. “Do not reject me or forsake me” (v. 9).

David didn’t let his doubts paralyze him, however. Even in those doubts, he declared, “I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living” (v. 13). Then he addressed his readers: you, me, and the Trevors of this world. “Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord” (v. 14).

We won’t find fast, simple answers to our huge questions. But we will find—when we wait for Him—a God who can be trusted.

By:  Tim Gustafson

Reflect & Pray

 

What do you do with your big questions? Where have you seen answers “in the land of the living” (Psalm 27:13), and where are you still waiting for answers?

 

Father, melt my heart along with my fears and my anger.

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

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

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“Misplaced Trust” 7/30/2020 Written by Louis Mize, a Facebook friend

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“Misplaced Trust”

Nevertheless, the people refused to obey the voice of Samuel; and they said, Nay; but we will have a king over us.
I Samuel 8:19

Sometimes, people chose to be stubborn. We become stubborn when we allow our self-will to overrule the will of God in our lives. The people of Israel demanded a king to rule over them. Their desire was to be like the heathen nations in their midst. Samuel knew they were making a grave error, but the people would refuse to listen to him as he proclaimed the word of God. You see my friends, the word of God contains and proclaims the will of God.

Samuel warned the people against trusting man over God. In verse 18, he told them this concerning their desired king: And you shall cry out in that day because of your king which you shall have chosen you, and the Lord will not hear you in that day.

Today, many people are more interested in hearing about the antiChrist than about the Lord Jesus Christ. You can fill up a building if you talk about the antiChrist. You see, people have been forewarned about trusting in any man. We are told again and again to trust in the Lord. But just like Israel of old, we often refuse to listen as God’s word is proclaimed.

This morning, I read the middle verse of the Bible again. It is found in Psalm 118:8. It rightly proclaims this: “It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man.” In WHO and WHERE do you place your trust, my friends?

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

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

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“Look Up!” 7/29/2020 Written by Beth Andrews for “Deeper Roots”

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Look Up!

 

POSTED ON JULY 16, 2020 BY BETH ANDREWS

War. Poverty. Unrest. Disease. Hate. Violence. Shutdowns. Layoffs. Recession. Politics. Confusion. Facemasks. Distance. Disorder. Death. Sadness. Fear. Anger. And that’s just the first half of the year. It’s no wonder we are weary. I want so much to encourage you Beloved. There’s only one thing I know that will.

Jesus is coming again!

We’re not the only generation who needed encouragement. As the church took root and grew, the Roman government and the Jews began to persecute Christians. They oppressed, tormented, tortured, and put them to death.

How did they endure? With the promise of Christ’s return.

Listen to Paul:

“The Lord Himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.  After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air.  And so we will be with the Lord forever”  (1 Thess. 4:16-17).

This was great news to the weary and oppressed Christians.

How will you and I persevere?  The same way they did.  By reminding ourselves of Christ’s promised return.  Paul closed his passionate message by saying, “Therefore encourage each other with these words” (1 Thess. 1:18).

What words? Jesus is coming again!

The prophets of old foretold it, Jesus Himself proclaimed it, and for two thousand plus years, God’s people have kept their eye on the eastern sky, watching for His glorious return. I pray that the promise of His return fills you with hope and Joy and strength to persevere in life – and in this crazy year.

Beloved, Jesus is coming again!

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

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

 

 

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“Jesus Christ and Him crucified” 7/28/2020 Written by Gabrielle Guthrie for “See, there’s this thing called biology.~insanitybytes”

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“Jesus Christ and Him crucified”

 

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“For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. And I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling, and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.”

1 Corinthians 2:2-5

I call that passage 2.2 on account of the fact that the condensed broth version amounts to, “I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.” That’s the meat of it.

Is it a mystery? I suppose so. How such things apply to one’s personal life at this very moment suspended in time is one of the mysterious and magical things about the Bible. And by “magical,”  I simply mean the Divine and miraculous star stuff of sparkles, glitter, and fairytales.

There is a somewhat amusing backstory to my forever harping on the “magical sparkles.”  Somebody challenged me once,  demanded to know how I was so certain I was hearing from God when I was reading the Bible. So I said, “Oh, because He sparkles!” It was quite funny on account of the fact that I realized as soon as I said it how irrational that sounded. Not only did that guy not speak my language, he didn’t speak any spiritual language at all! So I stood there helplessly wiggling my fingers in the air like glitter and saying, “You know, sparkly.”

Poor guy will probably never speak to another Christian as long as He lives. Or you never know, perhaps I planted a seed.

So what does it mean, how is it applied to me right now when the Bible speaks of how, “I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified?”

 

It means I fully reject all forms of cancel culture. It means I stomp my foot and insist that our unity is to be found at the foot of the cross and not in social identities or politically correct thought or tribal allegiances. I am not running about doxxing people, unfriending them, rejecting them, or retaliating against them in some way simply because I disapprove of their politics or ideals.

Cancel culture is very, very fashionable these days, but it is just as wrong-headed as ever. There is nothing new under the sun, we’ve just given it a fancy new name and made it seem virtuous.

Those are actually some really bad and really powerful forces at work in our world right now. Constant divisions along tribal lines and identity. Separate, divide, and conquer. That’s a “no,” from me. I ain’t playing.  “I HAVE decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.”

Ha! I do however, have a snooze button in my news feeds and a pair of ear plugs. I refuse to divide, I refuse to define people by their perceived and practically mandated identities. No. Our identity is in Jesus Christ. “I know nothing but Jesus Christ and Him crucified.”

And I dearly love the end of that verse too, “…so that your faith would not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God.” So how do you tell the difference between the wisdom of men and the power of God?

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Well like, duh!  Because He sparkles.

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

To my brothers and sisters in Christ, please

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“Trust And Be Blessed” 7/27/2020 Written by Dawn Ivey for “Drawing closer to Christ”

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Written by  Dawn Ivey for “Drawing closer to Christ”  @  https://drawingclosertochrist.com

Original post @  https://drawingclosertochrist.com/2020/07/27/trust-and-be-blessed/

 

Trust And Be Blessed

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JULY 27, 2020 ~ DAWN

 

Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers, and blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord. Proverbs 16:20 NIV

The Lord always wants what is best for us, so it’s important to follow His instructions for our lives. Although we may not always understand why He is leading us in a certain direction, we can rest knowing He will never lead us astray. He can see the entire outcome, and we can only see what He allows us to see. There have been many times in my own life that God was leading me in a direction I didn’t fully understand. I had to trust Him, obey His instruction, and walk by faith.

It brings peace to follow the path He has laid out, and He always makes sure we have what we need. It has brought amazing joy when I’ve gotten to the point in the journey where I can see why God required me to do whatever He asked me to do. We never come up short when we obey the Lord. The uncertainty we face because of obedience to the Lord is overshadowed by the rewards we receive, especially the rewards of deepening our relationship with Him and growing stronger in our faith. May God bless you as you continue to trust and obey!

I will be taking a blogging break, but hope to return in a couple of weeks or so.

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

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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