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MORNINGTIME 3099

MORNINGTIME 3099
 
But the unbelieving Jews STIRRED UP THE GENTILES, and made their minds evil affected AGAINST THE BRETHREN. Long time therefore abode they speaking boldly in the Lord, which gave testimony unto the word of his grace, and granted signs and wonders to be done by their hands. But the multitude of the city was divided: and part held with the Jews, and part with the apostles. And when there was an assault made both of the Gentiles, and also of the Jews with their rulers, to use them despitefully, AND TO STONE THEM, THEY were (a)ware of it, and FLED UNTO Lystra and Derbe, CITIES of Lycaonia, and unto the region that lieth ROUND ABOUT: Acts 14:2-6. And STEPHEN, FULL OF FAITH and power, did great wonders and miracles among the people. Then there arose certain of the synagogue, which is called the synagogue of the Libertines, and Cyrenians, and Alexandrians, and of them of Cilicia and of Asia, disputing with Stephen. And they were not able to resist the wisdom and the spirit by which he spake. And they stirred up the people, and the elders, and the scribes, and came upon him, and caught him, and brought him to the council. Then they cried out with a loud voice, and stopped their ears, and ran upon him with one accord, AND THEY STONED STEPHEN, (who was) calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit. And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, HE FELL ASLEEP. (died). Acts 6:8-10,12. & Acts 7:57,59-60. BEHOLD, I SEND YOU FORTH AS SHEEP IN THE MIDST OF WOLVES: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves. Matthew 10:16. As you "die to self", are you ready to Preach The Word and Live? Are you ready to Preach The Word, and die, for Christ? Are you just partially, or Fully, committed to, AND sold out to, and for, Christ?  Are you willing to give 100% for Christ, no matter what the cost, that both you, and they, may, Be Blessed?
 

MORNINGTIME 3098

MORNINGTIME 3098
 
And it came to pass in Iconium, that they (Paul and Barnabas) went both together into the synagogue of the Jews, and so spake, that A GREAT MULTITUDE both of the Jews and also of the Greeks BELIEVED. But THE UNBELIEVING JEWS STIRRED UP THE GENTILES, and made their minds evil affected AGAINST THE BRETHREN. Long time therefore abode THEY SPEAKING BOLDLY in the Lord, which GAVE TESTIMONY unto the word of his grace, AND granted SIGNS AND WONDERS to be done by their hands. But the multitude of the city was divided: and part held with the Jews, and part with the apostles. And when there was an assault made both of the Gentiles, and also of the Jews with their rulers, to use them despitefully, and to stone them, They were (a)ware of it, and fled unto Lystra and Derbe, cities of Lycaonia, and unto the region that lieth round about: And there they preached the gospel. Acts 14:1-7. Here we go again. A great revival, many Believing, a religious ruckus arises, and a quick trip out of town. Life awaits future Believers, death awaits the Life Givers. Here's the GOoD News. Whenever Christ shows up, THINGS HAPPEN. The Word gets Preached, signs and wonders follow and the religious trouble causers get up in arms to try to stop what The Lord is doing. The Lord will NEVER be stopped, but He will go where He is wanted. As the Lord directs you to go to some specific place, whether a foreign country or the diner down the street, when you and Christ show up, the Fire will fly. Where Christ (and you) go, change happens. Just do as the Lord directs through His Holy Spirit and watch the enemy run. He may run away, or he may run AT you, but either way, he will run. So Examine Yourself. Does the enemy put fear in your heart? Or does the fear of what awaits a sinner unsaved drive you even further into enemy territory? You Live, or you die, that's totally in the Hands of the Lord. Live with a "fear" of Hell and Christ will keep you Heavenly Minded. That's how to, Be Blessed.
 

MORNINGTIME 3097

MORNINGTIME 3097
 
And the next sabbath day CAME ALMOST THE WHOLE CITY TOGETHER TO HEAR THE WORD OF GOD. But when THE JEWS saw the multitudes, they WERE FILLED WITH ENVY, AND SPAKE AGAINST those things which were spoken by PAUL, CONTRADICTING AND BLASPHEMING. Then Paul and Barnabas waxed bold, and said, It was necessary that the word of God should first have been spoken to YOU (Jews): but seeing ye put it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, (Salvation), lo, we turn to the Gentiles. For so hath the Lord commanded us, saying, I have set thee to be a light of the Gentiles, that thou shouldest be for salvation UNTO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH. And when the Gentiles heard this, THEY WERE GLAD, AND glorified the word of the Lord: and as many as were ordained to eternal life BELIEVED. And the word of the Lord was published throughout all the region. Acts 13: 44-49. Please Discern carefully as we sort this thing out. Those who THINK they are the "Chosen Ones" to educate the masses WITH THEIR BRAND OF RELIGIOUS UNDERSTANDING, with their god, and with their theology, are always the ones to come against the simplicity of The Gospel, Revival, and Salvation. The Gift of Salvation, the Wooing of the Holy Spirit, and the Preaching of the Gospel, is so simple, ANYONE with a Heart for The Lord, can do it. Salvation truly is that simple. It's so "easy" to be Saved, that ANYONE CAN DO IT. And those Saved anyone's can tell others about it. What you know about Christ IS enough to Save the next guy. It's NOT complicated. And that's the problem. Salvation is ALL a Work of God, with no place for all "the works" the religious crowd want to pile on top of The Gospel so they can feel like they have a hand in your Salvation. Their brand of salvation IS ALWAYS through Works man MUST do to keep their "salvation". Christ gives it ONCE, AND FOR EVER. No strings attached. AND He'll keep you Saved through His Holy Spirit. Just you and the Lord, what a Way to, Be Blessed.
 

MORNINGTIME 3096

MORNINGTIME 3096
 
And when they had gone through the isle unto Paphos, they found a certain sorcerer, a false prophet, a Jew, whose name was Bar-jesus: Which was with the deputy of the country, Sergius Paulus, a prudent man; who called for Barnabas and Saul, AND DESIRED TO HEAR THE WORD OF GOD. BUT ELYMAS the sorcerer (for so is his name by interpretation) WITHSTOOD THEM, seeking to turn away the deputy from the faith. Then Saul, (who also is called Paul,) filled with the Holy Ghost, set his eyes on him, And said, O full of all subtilty and all mischief, thou child of the devil, thou enemy of all righteousness, WILT THOU NOT CEASE TO PERVERT THE RIGHT WAYS OF THE LORD? And now, behold, the hand of the Lord is upon thee, and THOU SHALT BE BLIND, not seeing the sun FOR A SEASON. And immediately there fell on him a mist and a darkness; and he went about seeking some to lead him by the hand. Then THE DEPUTY, when he saw what was done, BELIEVED, being astonished AT THE DOCTRINE OF THE LORD. Acts 13:6-12. We have a man, Sergius Paulus, who has a Heart for the Lord. He's looking for More. He doesn't know what More is, but he's looking for It anyway. Now, he's Truly seeking Christ, (The More), and the Lord hears his Heart's Cry, AND ANSWERS. Elymas, the sorcerer, thinks he can get between the Lord, and one of His (lost) sheep.  He is quickly dealt with by the Lord, Himself. It appears that  Elymas, the sorcerer, never came to Faith in Christ. Others, in the Bible, "believed" in Christ, BUT NEVER FOLLOWED HIM. Just "believing" is not enough, you must also FOLLOW Christ. Even the thief on the Cross "Followed" Christ, right into Paradise. The Lord will Find and Save ALL who Truly Seek Him, AND FOLLOW HIM. If you Truly, want Christ, He WILL be found of you, He WILL change you, and YOU WILL, be a Follower of Him. Examine yourself, are you a True Follower of Christ? Or are you just doing nice religious things to please the christ you have made up in your heart? Follow Christ, and, Be Blessed.
 

MORNINGTIME 3095

MORNINGTIME 3095
 
The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulchre, and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulchre. Then she runneth, and cometh to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, (John) and saith unto them, They have taken away the Lord out of the sepulchre, and we know not where they have laid him. Peter therefore went forth, and that other disciple, and came to the sepulchre. Then cometh Simon Peter following (John), and went into the sepulchre, and seeth the linen clothes lie, Then went in also that other disciple, which came first to the sepulchre, and he saw, AND BELIEVED. THEN THE DISCIPLES WENT AWAY AGAIN UNTO THEIR OWN HOME. But Mary stood without at the sepulchre weeping: and as she wept, she stooped down, and looked into the sepulchre, And seeth two angels in white sitting, the one at the head, and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain. And they say unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? She saith unto them, Because they have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid him. And when she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus. Jesus saith unto her, MARY. She turned herself, and saith unto him, RABBONI; which is to say, Master. JESUS SAITH UNTO HER, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God. MARY Magdalene came and TOLD THE DISCIPLES THAT SHE HAD SEEN THE LORD, and that He had spoken these things unto her. John 20:1-3,6,8, 10-14,16-18. The disciples SAW Jesus was missing, YAWN, AND WENT HOME. Mary stayed, asked, and looked further, for Christ. She was rewarded for her continuing efforts to seek for Him, BY HIS WORDS AND HIS PRESENCE. She stayed seeking for More, than just, "He's not here". SHE WANTED HER CHRIST AND WASN'T GOING TO QUIT LOOKING FOR HIM, (MORE), UNTIL SHE FOUND HIM, to, Be Blessed.
 

MORNINGTIME 3094

MORNINGTIME 3094
 
PRAISE ye the Lord. BLESSED is the man that feareth the Lord, that DELIGHTETH greatly in his commandments. His seed shall be MIGHTY upon earth: the generation of the upright shall be BLESSED. Wealth and riches shall be in his house: and his RIGHTEOUSNESS endureth for ever. Unto the UPRIGHT there ariseth LIGHT in the darkness: he is GRACIOUS, and full of COMPASSION, and RIGHTEOUS. A good man sheweth FAVOUR, and LENDETH: he will GUIDE his affairs with discretion. Surely he shall NOT BE MOVED for ever: the righteous shall be in EVERLASTING REMEMBRANCE. He shall NOT BE AFRAID of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, TRUSTING IN THE LORD. His heart is ESTABLISHED, he shall NOT BE AFRAID, until he see his desire upon his enemies. He hath DISPERSED, he hath GIVEN to the poor; his righteousness endureth for ever; his horn shall be EXALTED WITH HONOUR. The wicked shall see it, and be grieved; he shall gnash with his teeth, and melt away: the desire of the wicked shall perish. Psalm 112:1-10. This is a man who was "Hungry" for More, sought after it, found it, and is now Living it. Another Way to say seeking More, is to say seeking CHRISTLIKENESS and ALL that the Holy Spirit has for him, every day. Seeking the things of this world brings a short term momentary pleasure, then it's gone and you are still feeling unfulfilled. To Seek more of Christ is to find each step of Growing in CHRISTLIKENESS full of Satisfaction, as you continually Grow in Christ. It's Growing in Christ, Satisfied, as He Grows you into His More. Fully Satisfied, moving into Fully More. Totally opposite of seeking worldly pleasures. Once you taste of More (of Christ), He's always Enough as HE fills you with More, of Him. You'll KNOW you are Blessed, without being arrogant and haughty. True Humility is also part of More. You'll KNOW you're Growing in Christ, but you'll not be able to explanation where and how, you are in Christ. Others will see More in you, as you move on with Christ. What a Way to, Be Blessed.
 

MORNINGTIME 3093

MORNINGTIME 3093
 
There was a certain man in Caesarea called Cornelius, a centurion of the band called the Italian band, A devout man, and one that feared God with all his house, which gave much alms to the people, and prayed to God alway(s). He saw in a vision evidently about the ninth hour of the day an angel of God coming in to him, and saying unto him, Cornelius. And when he looked on him, he was afraid, and said, What is it, Lord? And he said unto him, Thy prayers and thine alms are come up for a memorial before God. And now send men to Joppa, and call for one Simon, whose surname is Peter: He lodgeth with one Simon a tanner, whose house is by the sea side: he shall tell thee what thou oughtest to do. While Peter thought on the vision, the Spirit said unto him, Behold, three men seek thee. Arise therefore, and get thee down, and go with them, DOUBTING NOTHING: FOR I HAVE SENT THEM. Immediately therefore I (Cornelius) sent to thee; and thou hast well done that thou art come. Now therefore are we all here present before God, TO HEAR ALL THINGS THAT ARE COMMANDED THEE OF GOD. While Peter yet spake these words, the HOLY GHOST FELL on all them which heard the word. Acts 10:1-6, 19-20,33,44. This is a story about a man who had a heart to do all the right religious things that he knew to do, in the hopes of finding More, of something. He didn't know what it was, but he knew More, was out there, somewhere. If you have a Heart's Cry for something More from the Lord, HE WILL ANSWER YOU, He will Fill you to Overflowing.  Most of the time His More is not instantly done. That's because He's preparing you, getting you ready, for that which He has already prepared for you, to send to you when He's shaped you to receive His More. He will Build and Strengthen you so when He does send It to you, you won't crumble under the weight of The More. His "delay" is also His Mercy and Grace, that It doesn't kill you to see more of His Glory. Seek Christ, seek More, Trust Him, Be Patient, and, Be Blessed.
 

MORNINGTIME 3092

MORNINGTIME 3092
 
For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. FOR AS MANY AS ARE LED BY THE SPIRIT OF GOD, THEY ARE THE SONS OF GOD. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; IF so be that WE SUFFER WITH HIM, that we may be also glorified together. For I reckon that THE SUFFERINGS of this present time ARE NOT WORTHY TO BE COMPARED WITH THE GLORY which shall be REVEALED IN US. Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And we know that ALL THINGS WORK TOGETHER FOR GOOD to them that love God, to them who are the called ACCORDING TO HIS PURPOSE. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? Nay, in all these things WE ARE MORE THAN CONQUERORS THROUGH HIM that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:13-14,16-18,26,28,35,37-39. (This is all part of the "foolishness" that the world and the worldly will never understand). A Christian WILL be led by the Holy Spirit and the Christian will no longer have his sights on lowly worldly things, but on the High Things of Christ and what will bring ALL Praise, Glory, and Honor to HIM. The fear of death is no longer a concern as the Love of Life in Christ becomes the new Reality. In short, Trust the Holy Spirit to Lead you to, into, and through Christ, as He, the Holy Spirit, takes care of all the rest of the details of this life. 

MORNINGTIME 3091

MORNINGTIME 3091
 
My words shall be of the uprightness of my heart: and my lips shall utter knowledge clearly. The Spirit of God hath made me, and THE BREATH OF THE ALMIGHTY hath given me Life. Job 33:3-4. No one on this earth fully comprehends the full depth of the Mercy and Grace of the Lord God Almighty towards us, all of mankind. Think about it for a minute. Life IS IN the Breath of the Lord, and He gave each one of us a tiny little "poof" to get us going with this stuff called Life. We can all see the attributes, the results, of Life, but can anyone truly explain what Life actually is? Two people in a funeral parlor, one is dead, the other is living, what is the difference, (other than the obvious), can you explain it? And He gives this Breath to every Thing that is living all over the world. A man can spend his whole life cussing and hating God for all the things he thinks God didn't do for him, and never understand the Love of God towards him with His Gift of Life. To NEVER have Life, it's to never have existed. In science, there is every reason that an atom should totally blow apart, (for you scientifically minded people, the nucleus is packed full of like charges that should totally repel each other, hence, blow up). And silly man thinks he can throw God out of our schools, our military, our courts, our government, even out of the Bible. If a friend of yours says he's an Atheist, he's really just a God-hater and a liar. With even 10 minutes of sound Common Sense discussion, they ALL come to admit there really is a God as the Bible describes Him. The Glory of the Lord is ALL around us for us ALL to enjoy. A sunrise, sunset, the cry of a new-born baby, the smell of fresh cut grass, and a million other wonderful Things to enjoy all over this world. God is GOoD, He is EVERYWHERE, and so is His Gift of Life, His very Breath. LIFE is His first greatest Gift, for without Life, you never were. But with Life, then Salvation through Jesus Christ is how to FULLY, Be Blessed.
 

MORNINGTIME 3090

MORNINGTIME 3090
 
Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do. And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you; And to esteem them very highly in love for their work's sake. And be at peace among yourselves. Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men. See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men. Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. Quench not the Spirit. Despise not prophesyings. Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. Abstain from all appearance of evil. And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it. Brethren, pray for us. Greet all the brethren with an holy kiss. I charge you by the Lord that this epistle be read unto all the holy brethren. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen. 1 Thessalonians 5:11-28. There are two ways to accomplish everything on this list to do every day. The first is to print it out and look at it during the day and ask the Holy Spirit to help you fulfill it all. The second way is to ask the Holy Spirit to bring to Life the verses about "Love the Lord your God, and your neighbor as yourself", and that He, the Holy Spirit, help you to be so in tune with Him, that as you Obey Him all throughout your day, that you find yourself following all these verses without even thinking about them, yet, still Obeying them. As you fully listen, He will help you fully Obey. As you Read and Study The Word, He will make It more and more Real to you all throughout your day as you Think on Christ. What a Way to, Be Blessed.
 
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