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MORNINGTIME 2853

MORNINGTIME 2853
 
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, AS A ROARING LION, walketh about, SEEKING WHOM HE MAY DEVOUR: 1 Peter 5:8. And except those days should be shortened, THERE SHOULD NO FLESH BE SAVED:... Matthew 24:22. THE THIEF COMETH not, but for TO STEAL, and to KILL, AND to DESTROY:... John 10:10. And he said unto them, IT IS NOT FOR YOU TO KNOW the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power. Acts 1:7. And these are they by the way side, where the word is sown; but when they have heard, SATAN COMETH immediately, AND TAKETH AWAY THE WORD that was sown in their hearts. Mark 4:15. THEN ENTERED SATAN INTO JUDAS surnamed Iscariot, being of the number of the twelve. Luke 22:3. And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, SATAN HATH DESIRED TO have you, that he may SIFT YOU AS WHEAT: Luke 22:31. But Peter said, Ananias, WHY HATH SATAN FILLED THINE HEART TO LIE TO THE HOLY GHOST,... THOU HAST not LIED unto men, but UNTO GOD. And Ananias hearing these words fell down, and GAVE UP THE GHOST: (he died) and great fear came on all them that heard these things. Acts 5:3-5. Lest SATAN SHOULD GET AN ADVANTAGE OF US: for we are not ignorant of his devices. 2 Corinthians 2:11. And no marvel; for SATAN HIMSELF IS TRANSFORMED INTO AN ANGEL OF LIGHT. 2 Corinthians 11:14. Wherefore we would have come unto you, even I Paul, once and again; BUT SATAN HINDERED US. 1 Thessalonians 2:18. Even him, whose coming is after THE WORKING OF SATAN WITH ALL POWER and signs and lying wonders, 2 Thessalonians 2:9. ... Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for THE DEVIL IS COME DOWN UNTO YOU, HAVING GREAT WRATH... Revelation 12:12. Wow, look at all the power Satan has, what chance do people have  against him? "These things I have spoken unto you, THAT IN ME YE MIGHT HAVE PEACE. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I HAVE OVERCOME THE WORLD" (AND SATAN). John 16:33. Problem solved, CHRIST WINS, Be Blessed.
 

MORNINGTIME 2852

MORNINGTIME 2852
 
Then went the Pharisees, and took counsel HOW THEY MIGHT ENTANGLE HIM IN HIS TALK. And they sent out unto Him their disciples with the Herodians, saying, Master, we know that THOU ART TRUE, AND TEACHEST the way of God in TRUTH, neither carest thou for any man : for thou regardest not the person of men. Tell us therefore, WHAT THINKEST THOU? Is it lawful to give tribute unto Caesar, or not? But JESUS PERCEIVED THEIR WICKEDNESS, and said, Why tempt ye me, YE HYPOCRITES? Matthew 22:15-18. Jesus, the Christ, is not only the Master of Words, He IS The Word, He is the Living Essence of ALL The Words that have ever come out of the Mouth of Almighty God. Everything that God has ever Said, IS CHRIST. This is A Concept that even His Disciples could barely comprehend. Nevertheless, when the Pharisees tried to trap Christ by using His Own Words against Himself, they actually had to speak The Truth, then attempt to twist The Truth into a lie so they could use His Own Words against Himself. In this case, through Discernment, Christ Knew their heart attitude of trickery, AND TURNED THEIR OWN "TRAP" WORDS INTO TRUTH WORDS AGAINST THEMSELVES. Today, when we, His Followers, speak, we too are to speak The Truth about Christ. Here's my point. We may, or may not Discern, (as the Lord shows us, or not), the heart of others as they try to "trap" us with His Words. Many Christians have been killed for Speaking The Truth. Many Christians have Discerned "Word Traps" and not been "caught" in those traps, to Live and Preach another day. ALWAYS SPEAK THE TRUTH, and leave the final outcome in the Hands of the Lord. Stephen spoke one long Great Truth, and was immediately killed for it. John spoke many Great Truths and died in old age. The results of speaking Truth is Purely and Totally in Christ's Hands. We Live, we die, it's ALL up to the Lord anyway. Christ was killed for speaking The Truth, and you expect to be treated better than Him? Speak Christ, and, Be Blessed.
 

MORNINGTIME 2851

MORNINGTIME 2851
 
But the God of all grace, WHO HATH CALLED US unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, MAKE YOU PERFECT, stablish, strengthen, settle you. 1 Peter 5:10. Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ UNTO ALL AND UPON ALL THEM THAT BELIEVE: for there is no difference: For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Romans 3:22-23. FOR MANY ARE CALLED, but few are chosen. Matthew 22:14. As an illustration, let's re-read Matthew 22:14 again, For ALL are called, but only a few will choose to follow. Another illustration. Imagine a large room full of many people. A Man opens The Door, comes into the room and calls out, "All who are seeking Truth, follow Me", and He goes into a smaller room next door, with a small group of people coming in after him. As the "Followers" are all seated, the Man declares, "As you have decided to Seek Truth, I have chosen to Teach you All Things". To be clear, this verse DOES NOT mean that Christ comes into a room full of people, points to five of them and says, "Follow Me", they leave, AND NO ONE ELSE GETS TO FOLLOW. Every single person ever to walk on planet earth, has a call, an invite, by Christ Himself, to Follow Him. NO ONE, on Judgment Day, will be able to stand before Christ and say, "I didn't know", "I wasn't called", or, "I wasn't chosen". ALL ARE CALLED... That being said, let's move on to the next step. Of all who have chosen TO START to Follow Christ, some will turn back to their old ways because The Cost is more than they want to pay. You must Follow Christ ON HIS TERMS as He Teaches step by step Obedience. Instant Perfection is not required, but a Heart WILLING to learn, is. To Follow Christ is actually much easier than following this Sin-Filled world. His yoke is easy and His burden is light. The world will tie you up in chains of bondage, and those chains will eventually kill you. TODAY IS THE DAY OF YOUR SALVATION. Follow Christ, Obey, and, Be Blessed.
 

MORNINGTIME 2850

MORNINGTIME 2850
 
Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished IN YOUR BRETHREN THAT ARE IN THE WORLD. But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you. To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen. 1 Peter 5:6-11. The part of this verse that reads, "in your brethren that are in the world", can be read 2 ways. The first is, "in your Christian Brothers and Sisters who are also out there in the world", and the second is, "in your worldly family of human beings who are also under satanic attack". Either way, Satan is on the attack wanting to try to take back any Christian he can, AND attack unbelievers to try to be sure that they stay his and don't "fall" into the Hands of Christ. Satan is greedy, he isn't going to sit around and wait for "his" to die and go to Hell, no, he's on the attack against EVERYONE to get back, or keep, all he can, just so Christ can't have them. Here's the difference. Satan is on a leash and his attacks against Christians, those who Belong to Christ, only drives them closer TO Christ. This includes ALL "lost" sheep still coming TO Christ, and Christ will lose NONE of His. ALL LOST SHEEP WILL BE FOUND BY CHRIST! And Satan's attacks against his, the worldly goats who will never be saved, only drives them further from Christ and more into The World. Remember, BY THEIR OWN CHOICE, GOATS WILL NEVER BE SAVED. Everyone's "destiny" was already known by the Lord, long before time began. Our Job is to pray for and talk to EVERYONE, in Obedience to Christ, because we don't know who will, and who won't, be saved, and, Be Blessed.
 

MORNINGTIME 2849

MORNINGTIME 2849
 
Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me; that by me the preaching might be fully known, and that all the Gentiles might hear: and I was delivered OUT OF THE MOUTH OF THE LION. 2 Timothy 4:17. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, AS A ROARING LION, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: 1 Peter 5:8. Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world. But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, AFTER THAT YE HAVE SUFFERED A WHILE, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you. 1 Peter 5:9-10. Are they ministers of Christ? (I speak as a fool) I am more; in labours more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequent, in deaths oft. Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one. Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep;  In journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren; In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness. Beside those things that are without, (there is also) that which cometh upon me daily, (in) the care of all the churches. 2 Corinthians 11:23-28. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, THEREFORE THE WORLD HATETH YOU. Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, THEY WILL ALSO PERSECUTE YOU; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. John 15:19-20. Suffering and persecution are all part of The Package of all those on their way to Heaven. Suffer Peacefully, and, Be Blessed.
 

MORNINGTIME 2848

MORNINGTIME 2848
 
That He, (Christ), might sanctify and cleanse it, (the Church), with the washing of water by the word (of God), That He might present it to himself a glorious Church, NOT HAVING SPOT, OR WRINKLE, OR any such thing; but that it should be Holy and without BLEMISH. Ephesians 5:26-27. Back in the Jewish days of sacrificing lambs at the altar, that lamb had to be thoroughly inspected for any kind of type of flaw. If ANYTHING was not perfect, even one thing, the lamb was rejected. Only Christ THE PERFECT SACRIFICIAL LAMB, Who was flawless, could be sacrificed to pay for our sins. We all know a Christian who has died that we're sure had gone on to be with the Lord. OK, so far so good, let's call them the "75% Perfect" crowd. They had their faults, but truly loved Christ and we expect to see them in Heaven. Let's keep going. Christ is coming back to Present to Himself a Glorious Church without spot, blemish, or wrinkle, just like Himself (?). Let's call this particular group of people the "100%ers". Here's my question. IF there is no "pre-trib Rapture", IS IT POSSIBLE that Christ will be building a group of Believers, the End Time Body of Christ, people He has so "worked over" so hard, so thoroughly, that they basically have no more "flesh, self, or old man nature" left in them?? I'll illustrate. To eat an apple is good, you eat around the brown spots, the core, and the stem. But to be given an apple slice up with no brown spots, no core, and no stem, is REALLY a treat. Both are apples, both are good, but one is prepared just a little bit more with all "spot, blemish, and wrinkles" removed. These "100%er" Christians are no "better", or more Loved, than other Christians, JUST MORE PREPARED FOR CHRIST TO SHOW THE WORLD WHAT HIS BODY, THE CHURCH, DOES LOOK LIKE, before He takes them Home. No, there are not 2 classes of "Christians" here, just some who are Totally Sold Out to Christ. Only a Work the Holy Spirit can do, to ANYONE who is willing to Follow Christ, and, Be Blessed.
 

MORNINGTIME 2847

MORNINGTIME 2847
 
The remnant of Israel SHALL NOT DO INIQUITY, NOR SPEAK LIES; NEITHER shall A DECEITFUL TONGUE be found in their mouth: for THEY SHALL FEED and LIE DOWN, and NONE shall make them AFRAID. SING, O daughter of Zion; SHOUT, O Israel; BE GLAD and REJOICE with all the heart, O daughter of Jerusalem. The Lord hath taken AWAY thy JUDGMENTS, he hath CAST OUT thine ENEMY: the king of Israel, even THE LORD, IS IN THE MIDST of thee: thou shalt not see evil any more. THE LORD thy God in the midst of thee IS MIGHTY; he will SAVE, he will REJOICE over thee with joy; he will REST IN HIS LOVE , he will JOY OVER THEE with singing. Zephaniah 3:13-15,17. Again, these Scriptures have a dual meaning. They applied to the Jews way back when, and also speak of the end time Church the Lord is building. This body of Believers will have no lies, no iniquity, no deceit, and no fear. Read carefully, there will be NONE of these things, not even a slight smell of these sins on them. They WILL sing, shout, and rejoice in and with the Lord, even in the very midst of a very hateful, dying, sin-filled world. This is The Bride Of Christ, full of Purity, Righteousness, and Holiness. The Lord has been working on preparing  His Bride for 6000 years and time is getting very close to where He comes to get His PURE Bride. A woman preparing for marriage may wear blue jeans and sneakers while she's getting her nails and hair done, but when it comes time to Walk Down The Aisle, she is Pure, White, and Holy and Looks like it too. Throughout ALL the Bible, Trials, Troubles, Testings, and Tribulations ALWAYS cleans out the trash, throws out the garbage, gets rid of the riffraff, Purifies and Cleanses the Church, being all Believers for the last 6000 years. Christ will be putting on those last finishing touches in the short time ahead, (possibly by Great Tribulation???), as His Bride puts on Her Robes of Pure White, WITH GREAT JOY AND SINGING IN THE MIDST OF GREAT SIN, all around. She KNOWS how to, Be Blessed.
 

MORNINGTIME 2846

MORNINGTIME 2846
 
Gather yourselves together, yea, gather together, O Nation (of Christians) not desired (by the world); Before the decree bring forth, before the day pass as the chaff, before the fierce anger of the Lord come upon you (all ye lost people of the world), before the day of the Lord's anger come upon (all around) you. Seek ye the Lord, all ye meek (Believers) of the (worldly) earth, which have wrought his judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye shall be hid (in Christ) in the day of the Lord's anger. Zephaniah 2:1-3. I have not changed the meaning or intent of these verses, just added some clarification to them. Originally, this was a warning to the Jews to repent and get right with the Lord. Today, it's a call for the Believers,  Christians, to Solidify their Place in Christ, while they are building Relationships through Fellowship. No longer can a Christian be like the Lone Ranger, one man out in the world fighting for his Existence in Christ, all alone. Fellowship in and through Christ is what will hold the church together through the coming Hard Times. "For where two or three are gathered together in My Name, there am I in the midst of them". Matthew 18:20. To Pray together, Study together, share Burdens together, will be the great Need of the day. Kinda like in the "old days" when people would circle the wagons for safety and safe keeping through the night. Dark Days are looming on the horizon and it won't be long before we'll be forced to seek "Shelter" TOGETHER in Christ while Tribulation floods over the earth. Christ IS our Place of Safety as it's always better to suffer together, then all by yourself out in the storm. I'm not preaching "doom and gloom" on Christians out in A Sin Ravaged World, I'm preaching us all being Bound Together in Fellowship IN CHRIST, in spite of what's going on in the world around us. We will Live under the Mighty Right Arm of the Lord as He continues to Grow us, together, in CHRISTLIKENESS. Together, Be Blessed.
 

MORNINGTIME 2845

MORNINGTIME 2845
 
If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, AND SEEK MY FACE, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14. And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me: therefore will I offer in His Tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the Lord. Hear, O Lord , when I cry with my voice: have mercy also upon me, and answer me. When thou saidst , Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, THY FACE, LORD, WILL I SEEK. Psalm 27:6-8. And I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes: Daniel 9:3. I (the Lord) will go and return to My Place, till they acknowledge their offence, AND SEEK MY FACE: in their affliction they will seek me early. Hosea 5:15. Give thanks unto the Lord, CALL UPON HIS NAME, make known his deeds among the people. Sing unto Him, sing psalms unto Him, talk ye of all His Wondrous Works. Glory ye in His Holy Name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the Lord. Seek the Lord and His Strength, seek His Face continually. Remember His Marvellous Works that He hath done, His Wonders, and the Judgments of His Mouth; 1 Chronicles 16:8-12. Seek ye the Lord while He may be found, CALL YE UPON HIM while He is near: Isaiah 55:6. Seek ye the Lord , all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought His Judgment; seek Righteousness, seek Meekness: it may be ye shall be hid (in Safety) in the day of the Lord's anger (against the unbelievers). Zephaniah 2:3. TO SEEK: Require, Desire, Exact, Request, to seek to find, to seek to secure, to seek the face (of the Lord), to desire, demand, to require, exact, to ask, request. All this to show, God is available 24/7/365 days of the year. When you get tired of your old sinful ways and life, when you hit the bottom of the barrel, SEEK CHRIST, AND, BE BLESSED.
 

MORNINGTIME 2844

MORNINGTIME 2844
          
Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able TO STAND AGAINST THE WILES OF THE DEVIL. Ephesians 6:10-11. And when he would not be persuaded, we ceased (asking), saying, THE WILL OF THE LORD BE DONE. Acts 21:14. 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, (His Will). Romans 8:28. It seemed good to me also, HAVING HAD PERFECT UNDERSTANDING OF ALL THINGS from the very first, to write unto thee in order, most excellent Theophilus, Luke 1:3. (This is a very Mature Christian). This is not meant to confuse, but to clarify, that there is a GREAT difference between an attack from Satan wanting to kill you, and the Will of the Lord using situations and circumstances to "kill your flesh, self, and old man nature". Yes, of course, it's always good to bind up Satan, In Jesus Name, when there is an attack against you in your life. That can stop Satan in his tracks. But at the end of your prayer, if you'll add," Your Will be done Lord", you've got yourself covered just in case this "attack" really is The Hand Of The Lord coming against your flesh. As you Mature in Christ, you will learn the difference between "attack", and His Will to get rid of garbage in your Life. Sometimes it's a fine line, to know the difference. It's ok, the Lord Knows your Heart. Stop Satan in his tracks coming against you, and at the same time, let the Lord Pass By. Satan is the great deceiver and he can (try) to make himself look like an angel of light. Be encouraged, you WILL learn the difference between a satanic attack, and the Work Of The Lord. Don't be afraid to Move Forward In Christ, He'll work it all out as Satan HAS ALREADY BEEN DEFEATED. Christ's Victory over Satan was Very Sweet. As you "mop up" around a Defeated Satan, your Victories will be just as sweet. That's how you WILL, Be Blessed.
 
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