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10 Things God will not ask you at the Judgment

1). Did you do your best?

2). Did you try being a good person?

3). Did you obey my Commands?

4). Did you love?

5). Did you Trust my Son Jesus?

6). Did you go to Church?

7). Did you read your Bible?

8). Did you get Baptized?

9). Did you pray?

10). Did you do a kind deed everyday?

If you notice each of these questions started with; “did you” ……which indicates works as part of Salvation. Make no mistake about the Truth, God knows those who are His and everyone who Names the Name of Christ Depart from Iniquity! So many teach people need to do this or do that to be accepted by God. On the other hand, God says, Done, Done, Done when it comes to Salvation! You see God is Holy and will never “tolerate” sin. So because He doesn’t want anyone to Perish He satisfied His own Righteousness by Crucifying Jesus Christ His Only Begotten Son! Salvation is DONE! Jesus Paid for your salvation by taking your sins upon His Body and was nailed to a Tree. When You Turn and Trust He died and was Raised from the Dead, Bang, your saved! Jesus will then speak for you at the Judgment. In fact He already has judged you and declared you Forgiven! Walk in the Freedom of Righteousness! God’s Grace empowers us to Live a Holy life!!1462886_10201747966612920_1267519743_n

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Study to show thyself Approved unto God

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What does that title mean? Why do so many Christians quote those verses? Are they trying to get approval of God or man? I will endeavor to expound upon the following verses in the full context.

 

2Timothy 2:14 ¶ Of these things put them in remembrance, charging them before the Lord that they strive not about words to no profit, but to the subverting of the hearers.

 

First of all Paul, under the direction of the Holy Spirit, is writing this to young Timothy who was struggling. By reading both letters you will understand that some must have been giving Timothy a hard time. As a Pastor, Timothy was more than likely Discouraged by “Christians” who were critical of his age. So Paul writes to him and to us about putting them to remembrance and charging (to attest or protest earnestly) them before the Lord Jesus to stop playing “word” games because they were “subverting” (an overturn (“catastrophe”), i.e. demolition; figuratively, apostasy) those who listen! So Paul was telling Timothy to rebuke those who were playing word games that was actually leading people away from the faith and truth! That is the context. So many still do this today and cause much confusion within the Body of Christ!

 

15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

 

With the context now in focus let us look at verse where the title is derived. The word “study” means (to use speed, i.e. to make effort, be prompt or earnest:–do (give) diligence, be diligent) which is different from the English definition of the word “study.” The English definition of the word “study” means (The devotion of time and attention to acquiring knowledge on an academic subject, esp. by means of books.) What the Apostle Paul was actually telling Timothy was to be Diligent not to “get in the Word of God and study” as most Christians like to tell other Christians who may not agree with them on any given topic. Paul was telling Timothy that he needed to be diligent to show himself “approved” to God, not other people! The definition to the word approved means ( properly, acceptable (current after assayal), i.e. approved:–approved, tried) So in context we could bring in a passage in James. 1:12 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, (the word “tried is the same Greek word that is used for “approved” in our topic Scripture lesson.) he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him. Paul was telling Timothy to endure the pressure to please God rather than men! Now, the phrase “ needeth not to be ashamed” is defined by the word irreprehensible. This word literally means Blameless or innocent before God! Now for the phrase “rightly dividing.” To define from the Greek the following is rendered; to make a straight cut, i.e. (figuratively) to dissect (expound) correctly (the divine message). So Paul was saying “dissect” or “expound” the Divine Message! Which is the Word of Truth! So why do so many Christians throw these verses at other Christians when the Truth is we are to be “Diligent” to be “accepted or tried” before God, as one who “expounds” or “dissects” the Divine Message! This passage is not designed to be thrown around as a way to “condescend” or “discourage” another believer! That is exactly what others were doing to young Timothy! Let us now continue.

 

16 But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.

17 And their word will eat as doth a canker: (Gangrene) of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus;

 

Remember, Paul is writing to young Timothy concerning these fellows who were twisting or playing games with words. Paul says their words are like gangrene! Eating away at peoples faith! Leading to more ungodliness! Infecting the “Body” of believers! This is very much the case for today!

 

18 Who concerning the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection is past already; and overthrow the faith of some.

 

Paul is stating plainly that these “word games” and ungodly men were “eating away” at the Faith with their “twisted truth” by saying that the Resurrection has already come to pass! Paul then states they are “overthrowing” or “subverting” others in the Faith! Be careful who you listen too and you MUST be “diligent” to be “approved” to God and not men! You MUST “rightly Divide” the Word of Truth. Again, not to be arrogant, or “condescending” to others but to be Strong in Your Faith!

 

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Many of you pray for my wife and I and the Churches we Pastor, Thank you! Felt like sharing a little history about both Churches we Pastor. First, the Camden Southern Methodist Church. In 1977 three Godly gentlemen and their wives were “fed up” with all the “liberal” theology in their previous Churches. They got together and started a prayer meeting in a local restaurant in Camden S.C. called DeBruls. They and their wives met each week for prayer and some Scripture readings. Determined to be used by God for his Purposes they sought the Wisdom of God. Well God led them to an old beer joint\convenience store located on Haile street. The store had already been bought by a previous congregation who renovated the building. Their numbers dwindled and they decided to sell. The door opened for the Lord to answer the faithful prayers of a few of His Children. Determined as never before, they pulled their resources together and bought the property. The First Southern Methodist Church in Camden opened their doors for Ministry. The Camden Church struggled for some time keeping Pastor’s. All previous Pastor’s stayed on average of 1 to 2 years. The longest Pastor Ministered for 5 years. Camden Church is so Thankful to God for each of them and their wives. But the Camden Church needed more stability, so again, they sought the Lord. Then the Spirit of the Lord called me to be their Pastor in August of 1996. Truly the Spirit of the Lord honored their prayers and faithfulness! What a remarkable body of believers! Truly there is a Spirit of Revival! Camden Church knows they may have few numbers but God is a Big God! Tell anyone at the Camden Church they are too small to be of any service to the community and the Camden Church will Preach the Powerful name of Jesus Christ! The Camden Church has been through many trials and discouragements since they started praying in a restaurant many years ago but they are Solid as a Rock knowing why they are here in this Community! Many in the community would testify of the spiritual influence of this Body of believers if prompted! The Holy Spirit is Alive and Working on many hearts! For that, we are thankful! God is truly Glorifying Himself through this Body of believers! A Scripture that influenced the Camden Church the most through the years and could serve as a Church Foundational Statement; Revelation 3:7 ¶ “And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth; 8 I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.”

My wife and I love the folks deeply and will remain faithful to the Lord Jesus until He Comes or moves us! Thank each and every one of you for your prayers and support as we continue to seek the Lost, care for the needy, encourage the brokenhearted and see lives Transformed by the Power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ!

 

Now the second Church we Pastor, Enon Methodist Church. The history and testimony of the Enon Church goes back to the 1930’s. The believers that started the Enon Church saw many revivals take place in the late 30’s and 40’s when it was located on the current property of Fort Jackson. It came to my knowledge that Ft. Jackson was the largest Army training base in the United States. Because the Army base was growing and the need for more property arose they requested the Enon Church relocate! The congregation agreed and Ft. Jackson paid for the Church building to be moved to its current location. As a token of the many souls changed for the Glory of God the Army donated an old Army barracks that is still being used as the fellowship hall and Sunday school rooms! What is more interesting is the history behind the Enon Church cemetery. Many members went to the Enon Church for services and many were laid to rest in the “Old Enon Church cemetery” which currently is still located on federal land. The Church was moved but the original cemetery is now part of a National Cemetery! As you can imagine the Enon Church has a rich history of military families. So many have come and gone through the years but Enon remains dedicated to the Message of Salvation through Faith in Jesus Christ! Many have ask me since I became Pastor in 1999, where did the name Enon come from and what is the meaning. Well the name Enon was originally spelled Aenon as in the Biblical account found in John chapter 3. 22 ¶ “After these things came Jesus and his disciples into the land of Judaea; and there he tarried with them, and baptized.

23 And John also was baptizing in Aenon near to Salim, because there was much water there: and they came, and were baptized.” The name Aenon literally is interpreted “place of springs.” When the members came to form this body of believers they applied this passage to their Church and proclaimed; “Come to Enon and be filled with the springs of spiritual waters”, referring to the Holy Spirit that is Present among its membership! This has not changed and currently the Holy Spirit is alive and Moving amongst Enon’s congregation! My wife and I Love being Pastor of Enon. No matter how long it takes, no matter how hard things get, there will always be “plenty of water” at Enon.

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I would like to take a few moments to address an important issue. The topic is of relationship. Not just any relationship, but the Most important relationship, you and God! As a Born Again believer in Jesus Christ it is a top Priority in my life and I can Boldly say it must be a top priority in your life as well, unless of course you want to give the Savior of your soul second best! I trust you are Born Again in Christ? If not, stop reading this and immediately turn from your sins and turn to Jesus’ Cross and know He has forgiven you and washed your sins away in His own Blood. Believe he was Resurrected from the dead!! That Gospel Truth starts a “personal” relationship with God!

Once you become a Born Again believer God gives you the Holy Spirit who will guide you into all Truth, because He is the Spirit of Truth!! As the Scripture states; “John 16:13 “However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.

14 “He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you.

15 “All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you.”

Now to relationship. We all have had personal relationships with other people. Spouses, friends, accountability partners etc. there are different levels to relationships. First there are personal relationships. You know the type where you converse about things happening in your life, job, Church, home and it is only goes to a certain point without getting to personal, right? You know, Intimate? That is the first type of relationship. This type of Personal relationship is also the start of our Relationship with Our Father in Heaven. Personal? Talking with Him about things going on in your life, etc. Praying and conversing with Him about your “perceived” needs, wants and desires!! That is great and should be a top Priority!! Again as Scripture states in many places and various ways; “Php 4:6 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.” That is a Personal relationship!!!

But now I would like to share a deeper Truth. A deeper relationship! One of Intimacy. A relationship that goes beyond that of just a Personal level!! You know what Intimacy means? Let us define it first. Intimacy is aclose, familiar, and usually affectionate or loving personal relationship with another person or group. 2. a close associationwithor detailed knowledge or deep understanding of a place or subject.

Now with that definition in mind let me ask a question. Do you have a desire to grow closer to your Father in Heaven? A desire to be more Intimate with Him? Let’s face it, He Sure wants that type of Intimacy with you. Let us listen to Scripture and see if He will not speak to your heart concerning this topic. “John 4:23 “But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him.

24 “God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” The father is seeking Intimacy!! True Worshipers!! Here is another verse; “1Peter 5:6 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time,

7 casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.” Doesn’t that sound more intimate? Knowing that Our Father cares about every aspect of our lives should really cause us to pause and consider our response. We should seek a “deeper” relationship with the Lover of our souls! You know, complete openness! Complete Trust! Such Intimacy should come from Maturing in the Faith of Jesus Christ. We should consider what Jesus said when He stated the Father is “seeking” such intimacy with us! Can Born Again believers just stay on a Personal lever and never grow into a more Intimate relationship? Yes, this is possible of course and happens all to often. Maybe this Psalm could speak to our hearts; Psalm 37:3 “Trust in the LORD, and do good; Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.

4 Delight yourself also in the LORD, And He shall give you the desires of your heart.

5 Commit your way to the LORD, Trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass.

6 He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light, And your justice as the noonday.” Should we not Desire to be in a deeper Relationship with God? YES!! How about considering this as a step from “personal” to “intimate.” Matthew 6:5 ¶ “And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward.

6 “But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.” Get One on one with the Father! Wait for Him to hug you!! Wait for Him to whisper in your ear, “I Love you!” He will you know if you desire a deeper connection to Him!! I would like to share one last verse that shows how our heart’s ought to be toward our Father. “Psalm 42:1 ¶ <<To the Chief Musician. A Contemplation of the sons of Korah.>> As the deer pants for the water brooks, So pants my soul for You, O God.

2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God?” Again listen to the Intimacy that we can have; “Psalm 42:7 Deep calls unto deep at the noise of Your waterfalls; All Your waves and billows have gone over me.

8 The LORD will command His lovingkindness in the daytime, And in the night His song shall be with me-A prayer to the God of my life.”

Yes, seek God and you shall find Him!! You will find He is right where you are!! He invites you to first a Personal relationship through Faith in His Son Jesus the Christ!! But then He invites you to a deeper and more Intimate relationship with Him!!! Let us come and sup with our Maker!!! Our Father!!! The Father is waiting for you to mature from just a personal level relationship to a Much deeper Intimate one!!! Let us not make excuses!! Let us Drink of the Wellspring of Holiness!!!

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I would like to share how the Lord Refreshed me on my vacation!!

I needed a Fresh perspective so I sought the Lord!! LONG o so LONG struggle with my mothers Graduation to Glory left me Drained… What shall I do Lord? Then a friend invited me to come and share with the Homeless outreach in Indianapolis!! I set out to go to a family reunion in Ohio and be with family but the Lord had other plans…lol Just like Him to move in mysterious ways!! I Prayed and cried to the Lord….Just One O Lord…May One be Blessed and Touched by your Word coming through my mouth and life!! My God did something I must share!! HE TOUCHED ME!!! Yes He TOUCHED ME!!

My friends Pastor and some other of her Church folk were so Open to Minister to those homeless folks it really Touched my heart!! We estimated 150 Homeless came to get food, cloths and support…Well they Lined up and could not get the physical provisions until they got a Spiritual Provision.. The Pastor played her guitar and we sang Amazing Grace!! Amazing Grace!! The Spirit of God then moved me to a different Message than I had planned!! Strong was the Presence of the Lord that Saturday in Indy!!

The Message the Lord laid on my while we sang Amazing Grace is as follows; Isa 61:1 ¶ “The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;” This describes most of the beautiful souls we saw Saturday!! So many ,brokenhearted, Bound in sin, needing MERCY!! I am tearing up!! My people were there!! Your people were there!! They need Jesus!! Isa 61:2 “To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;” I saw many of the 150 who were needing Comfort!! They needed NOT a hand out~~but a Hand up!!!

God is very much interested in our soul winning the down and forgotten. The ones who are hungry physically & spiritually. God is Not all concerned with who goes to church every Sunday, because I have found that Most (notice I did not say all) of the Sunday Church folks are HELL Raisers the other 6 days. God have Mercy!! I don’t know how long we sang and Preached, maybe 45 minutes? The people were in line and I could see the Lord moving!! Isa 61:3 “To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.” Anyone needing Forgiveness, Cry out to God till He comes and Saves you!! Keep Crying out for Mercy…WEEP because of your sins and Cry till He Showers you with Mercy!! His Mercy and Grace is before you now!! He is Providing your cloths and physical food through His people!! Praise the Lord Jesus for Dying on a Cross to Save your souls and Anoint you with the Joy of Gladness!! Cry to Jesus for Mercy till He answers!! Mercy triumphs over Judgment!! James 2:12 “Speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the law that gives freedom, 13 because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment!”

I saw the Lord Jesus being GLORIFIED Saturday!! He was using me and others to Show Christ in us the Hope of Glory!! That HE might be Glorified!! We are Jesus Ambassadors!!! We Represent Jesus!! I saw that in action!! Blessed my Soul!!! You see Faith without works is DEAD…James 2:14 What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him? 15 Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. 16 If one of you says to him, “Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? 17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. 18 But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.” Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by what I do.”

I confess~~I went hoping to see some come to Christ and found myself being Ministered too!! Spirit of the Living God!! Fall FRESH on me!! Was my prayer for that day~~He did!! Spirit came down and Ministered!! This was my trip to Indy!! Was Refreshing to my spirit!! If you who are reading this blog do not know Christ as your Savior, Cry to Him now for Mercy!! Cry out for forgiveness!! You are a sinner and need to Repent and turn to Christ!! He died for you on a Cross to Cleanse you from your sins with His own Blood…He was Raised from the Dead after three days!! Believe Jesus did this for you!! Cry to Him!! He will Save!! All that God may be Glorified!!

 

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When you think of the Church (the individual believers in the Work of Jesus Christ) and the Great Commission to Go and make Disciples of all Nations, what does that mean? Most Christians first think of Evangelism! While preaching the Gospel is our message and the Holy Spirit moves upon the unrepentant, unbelieving heart, there is another aspect of Evangelism that I desire to share. Listen to this passage and ask yourself this question; does my Church practice this type of evangelism and discipleship? 1Corinthians 14:19 “But in the church I would rather speak five intelligible words to instruct others than ten thousand words in a tongue. 20 Brothers, stop thinking like children. In regard to evil be infants, but in your thinking be adults. 21 In the Law it is written: “Through men of strange tongues and through the lips of foreigners I will speak to this people, but even then they will not listen to me,” says the Lord. 22 Tongues, then, are a sign, not for believers but for unbelievers; prophecy, however, is for believers, not for unbelievers. 23 So if the whole church comes together and everyone speaks in tongues, and some who do not understand or some unbelievers come in, will they not say that you are out of your mind? 24 But if an unbeliever or someone who does not understand comes in while everybody is prophesying, he will be convinced by all that he is a sinner and will be judged by all, 25 and the secrets of his heart will be laid bare. So he will fall down and worship God, exclaiming, “God is really among you!” Now I am not at this time going to debate Speaking in Tongues verses prophesying, for the text indicates both Spiritual gifts. I am going to point out the verses 24 and 25! The Greek word for prophesying is propheteuo, which means to foretell events, divine, speak under inspiration, exercise the prophetic office. Can you imagine what would happen in our Churches if this Spiritual gift was sought and practiced in our Churches today? If the Spiritual gift was practiced and given by the Holy Spirit to men who are an inspired speaker, unbelievers who visit would be “convinced by all that he is a sinner and will be judged by all, 25 and the secrets of his heart will be laid bare. So he will fall down and worship God, exclaiming, “God is really among you!” Is your Preacher inspired by the Holy Spirit to exercise this gift in your Church? I have preachers and laymen exclaim to me all the time, “where is the power in the Church like that in the early Church”? Well maybe it is because belief in the Power of the Holy Spirit and the use of Spiritual gifts are not sought by believers! Evangelism and Discipleship are brothers. One cannot exist without the other! Both should be and must be implemented in the Church in order to fulfill the Christ mandate to Go! We all want to see lost people come into the Church and “fall down and worship God, exclaiming, “God is really among you!” I for one love to see the Transformation take place in the hearts of lost and unbelieving souls! Let us all stop and pray the Holy Spirit bestow the gift of prophesying in our Church for the Glory of Jesus Christ!

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I was praying and meditating the other day concerning prayer and the Christmas season and the Holy Spirit gave me a thought to share. We are all familiar with the 12 days of Christmas song, how about the 12 days of Christmas prayer! Here is a break down of the Lord’s “model” prayer into 12 Principles. I would also like to expound on them as well!

 

Matthew 6:9 ¶ After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.

10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

11 Give us this day our daily bread.

12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

 

Principle 1) Our Father which art in heaven

Principle 2) Hallowed be thy name

Principle 3) Thy kingdom come

Principle 4) Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven

Principle 5) Give us this day our daily bread

Principle 6) And forgive us our debts

Principle 7) as we forgive our debtors

Principle 8) And lead us not into temptation

Principle 9) but deliver us from evil

Principle 10) For thine is the kingdom

Principle 11) and the power

Principle 12) and the glory, for ever. Amen

 

  1. He is a Personal God and wants us to have an intimate relationship with Him!

    Romans 8:14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. 15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.

    16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:

  2. He is the only True and Holy God and desires for us to be like Him!

    1Peter 1:15 But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do;

    16 for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”

  3. It should always be the desire of those who follow Christ to see His Kingdom come and to strive to build that Kingdom now!

    Matthew 28:18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

  4. Jesus prayed that His believers would be one as He and His Father is one. Jesus also submitted Himself to the Fathers Will. Therefore we should always seek the same. John 17:20 “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21 that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one: 23 I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. 24 “Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.
  5. God is so Personal that He wants us to always depend upon Him to supply our daily provisions. Physical food and Spiritual food. Proverb 30:8 Keep falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread. 9 Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you and say, ‘Who is the LORD?’ Or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonor the name of my God.” John 6:32 Jesus said to them, “I tell you the truth, it is not Moses who has given you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. 33 For the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” 34 “Sir,” they said, “from now on give us this bread.”

    35 Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.” Matthew 4:4 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.”

  6. All of us are debtors (sinful) and God sent His Son to pay our debts! All who are believers in Jesus Christ should remember His Words while hanging on the Cross; “Father forgive them, they not what they are doing.” When we pray we should always confess our sins and ask Him to forgive us! 1John 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. 8 If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word has no place in our lives.” Hebrews 1:3 “The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty In heaven.”

VII. Because Christ has forgive our debts we should also forgive others their debt. Our Father is so forgiving and patient with us, so why are we so slow to forgive? Our relationship with Our Father is quintessential and so should our forgiveness and relationship with fellow believers. Matthew 6:14 “For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.” James 2:12 “Speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the law that gives freedom,13 because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment!” Ephesians 4:32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”

VIII. Temptation is not a sin! Falling into and acting upon that temptation turns into sin. Because of God’s Holiness and His Omniscience, He will never lead us into sin. He will and does test us because He is our Father and He wants us to grow towards His Likeness. We are to always Reflect His Holiness in our lives! James 1:13 When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; 14 but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. 15 Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is fully grown, gives birth to death.” 1Corinthians 10:13 “No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.” 2 Corinthians 3:18 “And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever- increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.”

IX. God our Father Loves us and never wants us to fall prey to evil or the Evil one! This Principle should remind us to always flee from evil! We are to come to our Father for protection from the Evil one. God always wants us to have Victory over sin, death and the Devil. He does this to demonstrate His Love and Power! Romans 5:6 “You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. 7 Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him!” James 4:6 “But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” 7 Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8 Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. 9 Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.” 1Corinthians 15:54 “When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.”55 “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?”56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

 

X. The Kingdom that is to come is the believers Eternal home. It is Christ Kingdom for which we are striving to build! God our Father, Son and Holy Spirit are that Kingdom! This Principle of prayer should focus all believers to His Kingdom on Earth. We believers are the Temple of God! Luke 1:31 “You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end.” Psalm 45:6 “Your throne, O God, will last for ever and ever; a scepter of justice will be the scepter of your kingdom. 7 You love righteousness and hate wickedness; therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions by anointing you with the oil of joy.” 1Corinthians 6:19 Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.” Revelation 1:5 and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, 6 and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father– to him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen.” Hebrews 11:16 Instead, they were longing for a better country– a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.” Revelation 11:15 The seventh angel sounded his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, which said: “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he will reign for ever and ever.”

XI. We must learn from this Principle that all Power belongs to Christ! He is Supreme! When we pray it is an awesome Truth to know Him who holds all Power. Matthew 28:18 “Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.” Psalm 2:6 “I have installed my King on Zion, my holy hill.” 7 I will proclaim the decree of the LORD: He said to me, “You are my Son; today I have become your Father. 8 Ask of me, and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession. 9 You will rule them with an iron scepter; you will dash them to pieces like pottery.” 10 Therefore, you kings, be wise; be warned, you rulers of the earth. 11 Serve the LORD with fear and rejoice with trembling. 12 Kiss the Son, lest he be angry and you be destroyed in your way, for his wrath can flare up in a moment. Blessed are all who take refuge in him.” Hebrews 1:3 The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven. 4 So he became as much superior to the angels as the name he has inherited is superior to theirs. 5 For to which of the angels did God ever say, “You are my Son; today I have become your Father”? Or again, “I will be his Father, and he will be my Son”? 6 And again, when God brings his firstborn into the world, he says, “Let all God’s angels worship him.” Colossians 1:15 “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. 19 For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.”

XII. The Glory of Jesus Christ is the focus of this Principle. When we pray we need to understand we were Created to reflect Christ Glory! We were Created to worship, serve and enjoy our Creator. Now that Christ has been Sacrificed for us we can reflect that Glory! 2Corinthians 3:17 “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18 And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever- increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” 2Corinthians 4:6 “For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.” Ephesians 4:22 “You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; 23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds; 24 and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.” Revelation 5:10 “You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and they will reign on the earth.” 11 Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand. They encircled the throne and the living creatures and the elders. 12 In a loud voice they sang: “Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!” 13 Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, singing: “To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power, for ever and ever!” 14 The four living creatures said, “Amen,” and the elders fell down and worshiped.”

Now that the 12 Principles have been illuminated from God’s Holy Word, what shall we do with this Knowledge? It is my prayer that God our Father will produce Spiritual fruit in every heart that considers what has been written! Truly the Lord’s (model prayer) is more than just Words to be repeated. They are to be practiced!

 

 

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What is Freedom? Is it worth fighting to keep it for next Generation? What does the Bible say concerning Freedom? What does history teach us about Freedom? Let me start by quoting an American President a few years ago; “If we (America) loose Freedom here, there is no where to escape too, this is the last stand on Earth!” Ronald Reagan I will tell you right up front, this is not political and I could care less if like Ronald Reagan or not! What he said is absolutely True! God is the Author of Freedom and as the Bible says; Galatians 5:1 It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. And again in verse 13 You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love.” It should grieve our hearts to the core of our being knowing America is far from practicing this principle set forth in verse 13! If we as Christians do not revere and stand firm on Freedom, No one will! The unsaved and the Worldlings think Freedom is the ability to do whatever they want, when they want and how they want! The fact is, Freedom is Given by our Creator and has responsibilities attached! The Principle responsibility is to do what is Right! Not what I think is right or what you think is right, but what God thinks is Right! Listen again to Scripture; 1Peter 2:16 “Live as free men, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as servants of God.”

Let us consider for a moment how God feels about how we have handled His Freedom, given by His Son Jesus Christ. His Son Jesus Christ is now mocked and ridiculed by the masses in America! Instead of Christians standing and proclaiming Freedom and forgiveness to all who would repent and believe in Jesus Christ, they sit in their homes and pews and complain and grumble about the Countries Moral decline. Let us consider something else; Is He (God) happy how we have handed over our Freedom for the sake of security? That is exactly what we as Americans have done. Example, look at how much Freedom has been lost since 911. A Freedom loving, law abiding, God fearing citizen gets profiled wherever we go! Bible carrying Christians are now on the spotlight of Home land security. Sounds almost like USSR or China! But Americans have surrendered to the pressure of fear and therefore handed over God’s Freedom to other men for protection! If God brought us to something, do you not think He will bring us through it? One of our Founding Fathers warned us about complacency, apathy and giving up Liberty for the sake of security! “If we (Americans) give up Liberty for sake of security, we will loose both.” Ben Franklin It is so very true, if you give a rat a piece of cookie, he will then want some milk!

Is Freedom something to fight for and protect? Absolutely! Do you want your children and grandchildren to live under the oppression of Big Government? I pray not! Do you want your children checking in with the State to see if it is ok to have a Bible Study or even start a mission to help the homeless? I think Not! Then I say Repent of your slumber and immoral attitude towards Freedom and come back to Christ! I will close with this statement of Scripture; “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; may the name of the LORD be praised.” Job 1:21

 

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My heart cries out to the Almighty and He answers me! My Soul is downcast and He Lift’s me up! My tears drown my face like a waterfall and He dries my eyes with His Breath! My broken and Contrite heart will never be despised by Him for He Promised! My sins are ever before me and He Washes them away with His Son’s Bloody Sacrifice! My soul feels alienated and He reminds me He will never leave me nor forsake me! My life seems to be filled with Joy suckers and yet He fills my Heart with the Joy of His Salvation!

Today is Thanksgiving 2010, and my heart is soft and humbled by His Presence in my life! I want to thank everyone who prays for life to be a Witness of His Glory and follows this blog! I want to share briefly what I am Thankful for this year.

1. Gospel of Jesus Christ: Good news is always welcome. We don’t have to pay our sin debt, because Jesus already has by His Death on the Cross, His burial and His Resurrection from the dead! We are saved by turning to Jesus and Trusting in His work for our Salvation!

2. God’s Grace: God’s kindness is given to us freely! God gives us what we do not deserve. Eternal bliss! Enjoying Him Forever!

3. God’s Mercy: God’s Mercy is why we are not consumed by the fires of Hell! God does not give us what we deserve! He has pity on us.

4. Privilege of Prayer: It is an Awe inspiring thing to know that God hears us and responds to our request. Without prayer our relationship with the Father in Heaven would be very cold.

5. My family: Thank God for your family! God ordained and created us to be a family. We need our family for many reason’s. One reason is your family knows your weaknesses better than you do. It is tough to have them point out your weaknesses but you would never grow in your Spiritual walk without this important accountability. Our weaknesses becomes our strengths when God’s power is involved. 2Co 12:9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.

6. Church family: Thank God every day for the people who sit next to you in Church! It is Christian suicide not to have Christian fellowship. Hebrews 10:24&25 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another__ and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

7. Technology: Can you imagine life without computers? Without a washer and dryer, without electricity or a refrigerator. Think about your life without a car, without a doctor and without antibiotics. Thank God for giving us the knowledge and creativity to improve our lives!

8. America: We need to quit damning our Country and start Thanking God for the Freedoms we all take for granted. America has many faults and we should all be involved in trying to improve our Country, but would you rather be in another Country? Thank God for giving us the rights to Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. He will continue to bless our Country if we turn to Him in repentance, faith and with Thanksgiving in our Hearts.

Be Blessed and Thankful !!

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Revival! Revival! Revival! Is there any doubt to the need for personal revival? We know as Christians that true Revival can only come to those who are Alive in the first place! We also know Him who said; “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.” So I would like to ask a few questions and then share a few thoughts. Do you really want revival? Are you willing to do what is required? What is stopping you from being Revived in the first place? Are you willing to Stand in the Fire of Almighty God?

Most of my Christian life I have heard preachers, laymen and Pastors say the Church need revival. Many have said revival will only come through prayer. Some have said sing and Praise your way to revival! I am not going to debate their thoughts about revival. However, I would like to share my answers to the previous questions and hope you too will find yourself in a revival as I have found myself! I am a firm believer in the Transforming Power of Jesus Christ and the Fire He gives through the Holy Spirit. If I just pray for revival it will never come, because it has already been made available! You see the Holy Spirit is the Fire of God within the believer and He is Always Present. Do you really want revival? Then you are going to have crucify that which suppresses the Fire! Self, entertainment, pleasures, time, work, family and even Church can actually quench the Holy Spirit’s fire in your life! These things listed above are not evil but distract us from the Pursuit Holy Fire Revival! Most are not ready to give these things up to seek true revival. “We are dust and dust settles” is a quote from A.W. Tozer and speaks volumes about our comfort and complacency. If you want revival then you must be stirred up.

Are you willing to do what may be required to receive revival? I can assure you with all the authority of God’s Word that revival can and will never come without repentance! We can pray, fast, preach, teach, work in the Church etc. and revival will still not come. Repentance is a prerequisite for revival, just as Salvation. We must turn away from doing the same things over and over and expecting God to revive our mess! Listen to Jeremiah about this topic. Lamentation 3:16 “He hath also broken my teeth with gravel stones, he hath covered me with ashes. 17 And thou hast removed my soul far off from peace: I forgat prosperity. 18 And I said, My strength and my hope is perished from the LORD: 19 Remembering mine affliction and my misery, the wormwood and the gall. 20 My soul hath them still in remembrance, and is humbled in me. 21 This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope. 22 It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. 23 They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.  Are you willing to be broken and contrite? Revival is always here! Renewal can be new every morning because of the Faithfulness of God!

So what hinders us from being revived in the first place? No time for contrition? Too busy? Fire of God too hot? Some of my hindrances from the past came from my selfish fear of surrender. God may require something from me. He might want me to do something I don’t want. Revival will never come until we are surrendered to the Spirit’s Fire! Yes, the surrender and contrition do come from much hard prayer and fasting but Revival will not arrive until I Surrender to the Spirit’s call. Which leads to the next question.

Are you willing to stand the the Fire of God and not just stand by the fire? The story of Moses has a lot to say about this. Remember when he went to God? He was called by God and had many objections. He had a confidence problem amongst many other self issues like we deal with everyday. He was standing in front of the fire of God as represented by the burning bush. He went to deliver Israel as instructed and came back to the Holy mountain. After much contrition and hardships Moses goes back to meet with God. The Lord gives the Commandments and then Moses spends time with the Lord. Then a really bad thing happened; Ex 32:1 When the people saw that Moses was so long in coming down from the mountain, they gathered around Aaron and said, “Come, make us gods who will go before us. As for this fellow Moses who brought us up out of Egypt, we don’t know what has happened to him.” Ex 32:6 So the next day the people rose early and sacrificed burnt offerings and presented fellowship offerings. Afterward they sat down to eat and drink and got up to indulge in revelry. 7 Then the LORD said to Moses, “Go down, because your people, whom you brought up out of Egypt, have become corrupt.” Moses then intercession for Israel and pleads for Mercy. Then Moses did something that we must do if we truly want Revival. We must not stand by the fire but go into the Fire! Ex 33:12 Moses said to the LORD, “You have been telling me, ‘Lead these people,’ but you have not let me know whom you will send with me. You have said, ‘I know you by name and you have found favor with me.’ 13 If you are pleased with me, teach me your ways so I may know you and continue to find favor with you. Remember that this nation is your people.” 14 The LORD replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” 15 Then Moses said to him, “If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here. 16 How will anyone know that you are pleased with me and with your people unless you go with us? What else will distinguish me and your people from all the other people on the face of the earth?” 17 And the LORD said to Moses, “I will do the very thing you have asked, because I am pleased with you and I know you by name.” 18 Then Moses said, “Now show me your glory.” 19 And the LORD said, “I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim my name, the LORD, in your presence. I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. 20 But,” he said, “you cannot see my face, for no one may see me and live.” 21 Then the LORD said, “There is a place near me where you may stand on a rock. 22 When my glory passes by, I will put you in a cleft in the rock and cover you with my hand until I have passed by. 23 Then I will remove my hand and you will see my back; but my face must not be seen.” Moses , like us, stood on the edge of the Fire of God. But we, like Moses must jump into the Fire and see the Glory of the LORD! True Revival comes from a God who is like a Fire. Hebrews 12:28 Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, 29 for our “God is a consuming fire.” We need Revival, Yes. But are we willing to pay the price?

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