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Whosoever believeth that JESUS IS THE CHRIST is born of God: and EVERY ONE THAT LOVETH him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him. By this we know that WE LOVE THE CHILDREN OF GOD, when WE LOVE GOD, AND KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS. For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous. For whatsoever is born of God OVERCOMETH THE WORLD: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, EVEN OUR FAITH. Who is he that OVERCOMETH THE WORLD, but he that BELIEVETH THAT JESUS IS THE SON OF GOD? 1 John 5:1-5. Not one of these stipulations can be left out of the Believers Life, NOT EVEN ONE. This is Real Circular Reasoning, and everything here are Action Words. You WILL see all of these things in a Believers Life, not talk, but lots of action. Basically, when you Love Christ, you will Love God, you will Love your neighbor, you WILL Overcome the world, the flesh, the self, AND the old man nature, and you will Joyfully keep His Commandments, because you Love God. It just goes round and round, doing and obeying all these things. AND THE REALLY GOOD NEWS??? Not one of these Things will be a "list" to do!!! As you Gladly Obey the Leading of the Holy Spirit, He will instill, install, and infuse all these things into your Heart, Soul, Mind, and Body. These Things will become Automatic in your Life, and you won't even have to think about them, until people start hating you and it dawns on you that it's Christ in you that they hate. (You won't even know how much you'll look like Christ, you just will). As you Grow in CHRISTLIKENESS, you will grow AWAY from worldliness, and that too will lose you even more "friends". And to top it all off, the world, and your worldly friends, will run FROM you as you Grow in Holiness, Righteousness, and Purity. This is A Life you wouldn't exchange for anything. Just you and Christ, and He's Enough. AAAHHHH, the lonely Life of the Believer, what A Way to, Be Blessed.
 

MORNINGTIME 2538

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Now therefore, IF YE WILL obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, THEN YE SHALL BE a peculiar treasure unto me ABOVE ALL PEOPLE: for all the earth is mine: Exodus 19:5. Let's read this verse again and keep one thing straight, Christians are not better than everyone else. Christians are a Forgiven people, a growing in Christ people, and a Great Mercy Extended To, people, just not "better than" other people. EVERYONE IN THIS WORLD, PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE, HAS OR WILL HAVE, Salvation through Christ offered to them. On Judgment Day, NO ONE will be able to say, "Lord, I didn't know about Christ and Salvation". NO ONE. Christians are a People who have willingly, desirously, and completely said "YES" to Christ. Let's try this illustration. If Salvation were an app on your phone, you would have to search it out first, then open it to see if it's something you want to   pursue. After you've read all about the details then you go to "Accept all terms and conditions, click here to view the specifics". Then the app will list EVERY SINGLE ITEM YOU MUST CHECK "APPROVE" IN ORDER TO CONTINUE. One by one you agree to the terms of each item. For example, you give Christ permission to do anything with your body He wants to. He can and will control all circumstances and situations around you until He gets the desired results He's looking for. He can kill you anytime He wants to, and if needed, as many times as He wants to. He will Bless you, or Un-Bless you whenever He wants. And you will Praise Him, Honor Him, and Worship Him with ALL your mind, soul, and body for the rest of your Life, and the rest of Eternity. Every item on the List MUST be checked and approved in order to continue. Once completed, you will lose all rights and privileges to doubt, question, and deny the Lord about ANYTHING. Upon acceptance and approval by the Lord Himself, you will then be promoted to the position of "Bondservant". Check "no" to deny Christ and go to Hell, or Check "YES" to, Be Blessed.
 

MORNINGTIME 2537

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For EVERY BEAST of the forest IS MINE, and the cattle upon a thousand hills. I KNOW ALL the fowls of the mountains: and the wild beasts of the field ARE MINE. Psalm 50:10-11. Sanctify unto me all the firstborn, whatsoever openeth the womb among the children of Israel, both of man and of beast: IT IS MINE. Exodus 13:2. The land shall not be sold for ever: FOR THE LAND IS MINE; for ye are strangers and sojourners with me. Leviticus 25:23. Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: FOR ALL THE EARTH IS MINE: Exodus 19:5. Are we starting to get the point that the Lord owns it ALL??? Let's put this in today's language. Imagine a bright yellow tag stuck to everything you have, and on the tag are the words, "IT'S MINE", as a reminder that the Lord owns it. The tags are on your clothes, your furniture, your wallet and all its contents, your family, your house, your business, your food, and even your time. And especially, let's not forget, EVERY BREATH YOU TAKE AND EVERY BEAT OF YOUR HEART, is tagged. Get the picture? OK, back to real life, how many of these things, IN YOUR MIND, ACTIONS, AND DEEDS, do you consider as belonging to the Lord? If we Believers are just sojourners in a foreign land that is not our home, what is there that we can claim, as ours? What will your thoughts, your actions, your deeds, and even your attitude be like today towards man and God, if all the above verses were really true, in your mind and heart? If your very EXISTENCE belongs to the Lord, and He takes it back, you drop dead in your tracks, can anyone fault God for taking what's His? DO YOU ACTUALLY HAVE THE RIGHT TO GET MAD AT GOD WHEN HE TAKES ANYTHING OR ANYONE, BACK HOME??? Yes, these are hard questions, but are they True? Is it ALL His, or not? If not, than what part is His and what part is yours. Best to tell Him now what's His, so that you may, Be Blessed. 
 

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How long will ye imagine mischief against a man? YE SHALL BE SLAIN ALL OF YOU: as a bowing wall shall ye be, and as a tottering fence. They only consult to cast Him down from His Excellency: they delight in lies: they bless with their mouth, but they curse inwardly. SELAH. (This means think about it) Psalm 62:3-4. We're talking about people in church who look  like Christians and somewhat sound like Christians, but with a few minutes of discussion and discernment, it's easy to see they probably aren't. They will raise the hands and sing praises with the mouth, but not from the heart. It fools most people casually paying attention. Believers, these people won't stand long before they come down like a house of cards. But until they do come down, they can cause a lot of mischief. The Lord allows this mischief to test those who hear this stuff, to test them and to prove them, ONLY TO GROW THEM IN CHRIST. The Lord God Almighty Who  created heaven and earth, is still creating today. He creates and uses every situation, problem, trial, and blessing to test you, strengthen you, and grow you, INTO CHRIST AND CHRISTLIKENESS. Yes, in these trials, Satan wants you to curse God and die, and Christ wants you to Bless God and Grow. Each trial is your opportunity to grow in Christ, or grow in the things of the world. It's always your choice. So when mischief makers, gossipers, liars, cheats, and thieves come your way, they're always allowed to test you, TO GROW YOU IN CHRIST, before they are swept away into Hell. These people are like gnats flying around your head, they can't hurt you, but they will try to make your life miserable. Did something happen to "make" you angry? That's just the Lord wanting you to see you have an anger issue, and He wants to fix it. NOTHING COMES INTO YOUR LIFE EXCEPT IT GOES THROUGH THE THRONE ROOM FIRST. Most things coming against you, die in the Throne Room. And of those Things that do come through, you will, Be Blessed.
 

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And the Lord said, BEHOLD, THE PEOPLE IS ONE, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: AND NOW NOTHING WILL BE RESTRAINED FROM THEM, which they have imagined to do. Genesis 11:6. (This verse is the closest example, and ONLY (?) example of all mankind coming together for a "one minded" cause, that I can find. It's sad that at this one time of almost World Unity, man imagined vain things AGAINST  the Lord and all His plans and purposes).  Behold, I know your thoughts, and the devices WHICH YE WRONGFULLY IMAGINE AGAINST ME. Job 21:27. HOW LONG WILL YE IMAGINE MISCHIEF AGAINST A MAN? ye shall be slain all of you: as a bowing wall shall ye be, and as a tottering fence. Psalm 62:3. Man loves to imagine vain things and incorporate them into his life, wanting these things to somehow make his life better. "If only I could win the lottery" is at the top of the list. "With enough money, I can change MY life into something I want, then MY life will be like I want it to be". It's all about what man wants, and it generally doesn't include the Lord. Can you imagine what a Christian's Life could be like if a small group of Believers in a church put their Hearts, Minds, and Spirits together, to look up, Study, and Believe that ALL the Promises of the Bible that the Lord speaks of FOR  BELIEVERS, AND ACTUALLY BELIEVED THEM? That His Plan and Proposes, by the Leading of and Obedience to, the Holy Spirit, ACTUALLY DOES APPLY TO THEIR LIVES??? Well folks, this happened in the Upper Room, and those people turned the world upside down. It's not natural or normal for Man to think on the Things of the Lord. But the Holy Spirit IN a man, can Think on a God who Promises Things natural man can't comprehend, AND APPLY THEM INTO A BELIEVERS LIFE. This is where "imagine" turns into  "Faith". Faith is what Christ hopes to find when He returns to this earth. CAN YOU IMAGINE A UNIFIED BODY OF CHRIST IN THE END TIMES? It's coming, and you WILL, Be Blessed.
 

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In the beginning GOD CREATED the heaven and the earth. Genesis 1:1. And they say unto him, We have here but five loaves, and two fishes. AND THEY DID ALL EAT, AND WERE FILLED: and they took up of the fragments that remained twelve baskets full. And they that had eaten were about five thousand men, beside women and children. Matthew 14:17,20-21. He divided the sea, and caused them to pass through; and HE MADE THE WATERS TO STAND AS AN HEAP. Psalm 78:13. The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, THE DEAD ARE RAISED UP, and the poor have the gospel preached to them.   Matthew 11:5. This little list just barely begins to touch on all the things that The Lord God Almighty, Jesus The Christ, and The Holy Spirit, do for man, to prove to man that They really exist, that there really is a Heaven and a Hell, and that Christ is THE ONLY Way into Heaven. And still, for most people IN "THE CHURCH", this still isn't enough TO CHANGE A HEART OF STONE INTO A HEART OF FLESH. "For the time will come when THEY WILL NOT ENDURE SOUND DOCTRINE; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; AND THEY SHALL TURN AWAY their ears FROM THE TRUTH, and shall be turned unto fables". 2 Timothy 4:3-4. Please read the rest of this as an illustration to get to the Question, and not as hard fact. God has bent over backwards to Prove to man that He Exists, and that The Proof is all around us. Most people believe they are going to heaven, of some sort or other. Jesus said, "Few there be that find it (Heaven)". So here's the Question, where do you stand on the allowable percentage it takes to get into Heaven? "I believe 50% of what the Bible says as True, I'm going to Heaven" Or does it take 75% to get in? Or 95% and no less? Or does God require 100% Believing and ANYTHING less is, you don't get in??? Can you Biblically back up YOUR percentage "standard" and KNOW your "in"? Are you SURE you will, Be Blessed???
 

MORNINGTIME 2533

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Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: THAT THE TRIAL OF YOUR FAITH, BEING MUCH MORE PRECIOUS THAN OF GOLD that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, MIGHT BE FOUND unto praise and honour and glory AT THE APPEARING OF JESUS CHRIST: Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls. 1 Peter 1:6-9. So, do you play the lottery, or are you looking for that amazing e-mail that finally, someone recognizes your worth and they want to send you a million dollars as soon as you click on their website? Are you waiting for your ship to come in so you can enjoy a life of ease while someone keeps sending you money? Well, keep waiting, it may be a while, IF EVER. Or, if you REALLY want to make it Big and actually have some tangible proof of doing so, try this sure fire method of getting REAL results THAT WILL LAST THROUGHOUT ALL OF ETERNITY. Ask the Holy Spirit to take every single "life experience" and make it into a time of Growing in Christ and into CHRIST LIKENESS. For example, yesterday, when you got angry at "that thing", that was the Lord showing you, you have an anger issue He wants you to give to Him so He can make you more Patient. There are a hundred of these Growing Opportunities every day that the Lord wants to use to Grow you in Christ.  Sure they hurt, they bite, and they will even try to distract you from Christ, BECAUSE YOUR FLESHLY OLD MAN NATURE IS BEING KILLED, and your flesh won't give up easily. Only Christ can change you and tear out your old nature to replace it with His Nature. This is growing from worldliness, to CHRISTLIKENESS. NO ITS NOT EASY, if it were, everyone would do it. But it will get you those most Precious Words, "Well done Good and Faithful Servant, enter into the Joy of thy Lord", to forever, Be Blessed.
 

MORNINGTIME 2532

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Of which SALVATION the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you:  Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand THE SUFFERINGS OF CHRIST, and the glory that should follow.  Unto whom it was REVEALED, that not unto themselves, but UNTO US they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have PREACHED THE GOSPEL UNTO YOU with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into. 1 Peter 1:10-12. We have little glimpses of pictures of what Heaven may be like by about 4 people in the Bible who had visions of the place, plus what Christ Himself said, so I'll do a little surmising and make this comment, Imagine getting very close to the Return of Christ and the Lord calls you home (through death). Soon after, the Prophet Daniel runs up to you and asks, "I saw in a vision this thing about this thing, but I had no understanding about it. Please tell me, what was the thing I saw and how did it all fit in"? Here's my point, we look at Daniel as a great man of God who was Obedient and wrote about stuff. Yet, Daniel runs up to you to ask you to explain to him the stuff he wrote about. How's that for a possible twist? And remember, there are NO Great Men of God, just little men being Obedient to A Great God. Daniel wrote about what the Lord showed him, you got to live almost to the very end to see what Daniel wrote about, and you both get to compare notes, Brother to Brother. Lots of Family in Heaven. If just writing about the Possibilities of Heaven is Joyous, what will it be like with a huge Family Reunion gathered around at the Feet of Christ??? We don't need silly stories about people who "died", saw heaven, and write books to make money, the Words Of Christ and the visions of the Prophets are  more than enough to be satisfied about Heaven, and to, Be Blessed.
 

MORNINGTIME 2531

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Of which SALVATION the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you:  Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand THE SUFFERINGS OF CHRIST, and the glory that should follow.  Unto whom it was REVEALED, that not unto themselves, but UNTO US they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have PREACHED THE GOSPEL UNTO YOU with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into. 1 Peter 1:10-12. These verses tell the Life and History of the Prophets, yet the Prophets had, no clue. I'll explain. All the Prophets of Old knew that Something Amazing was coming because they each had little clues, but couldn't see The Big Picture. They would all Preach about the Truth they each had in Obedience to the Holy Spirit, they just didn't see it all together. Please note, they each preached The Truth of what we know as Christ and His Salvation, WITHOUT the full understanding of what they were Preaching about. They searched the Scriptures high and low to try to get the complete Picture, but just couldn't get it. THEY PREACHED BY FAITH WHAT THEY DIDN'T UNDERSTAND. Imagine a 200 piece puzzle you dump out of a box and put together by looking at the picture on the face of the box. The Picture makes sense of the little pieces. The Prophets of Old each had 5 little pieces, and they would Preach their Heart out explaining the Truth of their 5 pieces, they just didn't have the Picture on the cover of the box to give them the Understanding they so desperately searched for. THAT'S FAITH AND OBEDIENCE IN ACTION. Even Preaching their partial Truth of The Big Picture was enough to get them each killed. And they knew they would die for The Cause, they just didn't know what all The Cause was. We, today, do have the Full Picture, Preach the Full Truth, and most still reject It, and (sadly) will not, Be Blessed.
 

MORNINGTIME 2530

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For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee, what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him. Isaiah 64:4. (This is from the Old Testament). But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. 1 Corinthians 2:9. (And this is from the New Testament. Both agree, man's physical eyes and ears, and even his best imagination, can't dream up what God has in store for His People). But God hath revealed them unto us BY HIS SPIRIT: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; THAT WE MIGHT KNOW THE THINGS THAT ARE FREELY GIVEN TO US OF GOD. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but WHICH THE HOLY GHOST TEACHETH; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.  But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them , BECAUSE THEY ARE SPIRITUALLY DISCERNED. 1 Corinthians 2:10-14. Only through Christ and His Holy Spirit can mean see and understand Spiritual Things. This is why the Preacher sounds dry, when he's preaching by the flesh the things of the flesh. But when he's Preaching by the Leading of the Holy Spirit, that's "meat and potatoes" to the Hungry Christian. The Holy Spirit in a Spirit Filled Man says, "Yea and Amen" when the Preacher preaches The Gospel. And it feels dead, when he doesn't. ONLY THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST CAN BRING LIFE, everything else is death. Read and study the Bible, The Gospel, it will fill you with Life. Don't, and you won't. Now, share that Life with others that you all may have Life and, Be Blessed.
 
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