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MORNINGTIME 2797

MORNINGTIME 2797
 
He was in the world, and the world was made by him, AND THE WORLD KNEW HIM NOT. He came unto his own, and his own received him not. BUT AS MANY AS RECEIVED HIM, TO THEM GAVE HE POWER TO BECOME THE SONS OF GOD, (to become Christians), even to them that Believe on his name: John 1:10-12. But the "manifestation" , (Strong's Definition: From G5319; exhibition that is (figuratively) expression (by extension) a bestowment: - manifestation"), of the Spirit is given to EVERY man to profit withal. For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues: But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as He will. 1 Corinthians 12:7-11. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,  Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. AND THEY THAT ARE CHRIST'S HAVE CRUCIFIED THE FLESH with the affections and lust. Galatians 5:22-24. But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, YE HAVE YOUR FRUIT UNTO HOLINESS, AND the end EVERLASTING LIFE. Romans 6:22. Have you ever noticed that all other religions out there have ether a very low standard for man, of his own doing, to attain to, or else a wishy washy god that really can't do much for man, so man hopes that the scales of justice fall in his favor? Or, have you noticed, that Christianity has a Standard too High for man to reach on his own, and that only in, with, and through God can man Grow to ANYTHING meaningful? It takes an act of man for man to reach his best. It takes an Act Of God for man to reach God's Best. No other religion tells you to Love God and Love your neighbor as yourself . Love God, and, Be Blessed.
 

MORNINGTIME 2796

MORNINGTIME 2796
 
He was in the world, and the world was made by him, AND THE WORLD KNEW HIM NOT. He came unto His own, (the Jews), and His own received him not. But as many as received Him, (them that Repent of their sins, Trust, Follow, and Obey Him), TO THEM GAVE HE POWER TO BECOME THE SONS OF GOD, even to them that believe on His Name: WHICH WERE BORN, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but OF GOD. And the Word was made flesh, AND DWELT AMONG US, (and we beheld His Glory, the Glory as of the only Begotten of the Father,) FULL OF GRACE AND TRUTH. John 1:10-14. These verses represent the Greatest untapped Resource the world has never seen. If you are willing to Walk the ONLY straight and narrow Path that leads to ALL FULLNESS in Christ, Christ Himself will come and LIVE INSIDE OF YOU. He will continue to do His GREATEST Work of Creation He has ever done, HE WILL CREATE THE FULLNESS, THE TOTALITY, THE FINISHED WORK OF CHRISTLIKENESS IN YOU, HERE ON THIS SIDE, HERE ON THIS EARTH, AND FOREVER CONTINUE IN HEAVEN. Please understand, all CHRISTIANS are going to Heaven, that's A Done Deal with the definition of "Christian" as how the Lord defines it. But how many Christians will Boldly, Humbly, and Reverently, WALK UP TO GOD ALMIGHTY, IN HIS THRONE ROOM, ON HIS TURF, AND REQUEST, EVEN UNTO REQUIRE, EVERYTHING THAT CHRIST PAID FOR FOR THEM, HERE ON THIS SIDE OF LIFE??? Yes, Christ "Paid For" my sins, and died in my place, that I can be with Him in Heaven, but do you also understand that He "PAID IN FULL" all that He has for me to Grow INTO, ALL the Fullness of Christ, into CHRISTLIKENESS, here and now? Into Faithfulness, Obedience, Boldness, AND PATIENCE? To be The Temple that the Holy Spirit will Gladly Live In, while on this earth? As He, the Holy Spirit, cleanses you of all besetting sins hiding in you that you didn't even know about? As He builds ALL the Characteristics of Christ, IN YOU, TODAY? Grow in Christ, Obey the Holy Spirit, and, Be Blessed.
 

MORNINGTIME 2795

MORNINGTIME 2795
 
And the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, Ezekiel 38:1. Now read all of Ezekiel chapters 38 and 39, and we'll call them, "Ezekiel's War". If you've ever heard the expression or description of, "The Bible is more relevant to us today than this morning’s newspaper," it's true. And here's an example of why. Ezekiel chapters 38 and 39, were written thousands of years ago by a man now long since dead, describing in intimate detail things that are now starting to happen, with the detail and clarity wrapped up in 100% accuracy that this morning’s newspaper can't even dream about. Again, this is the Lord telling us what is going to happen with such exact numbers that when this is all over, everyone will KNOW that this is all about the Hand Of The Lord at work on ALL people, both Saved, and unsaved. This War against Israel with its descriptive accuracy WILL Testify to ALL the world that there IS a God in Israel, and the Lord God Almighty WILL be Praised BY ALL. And anyone who would even TRY to think, "Lucky Guess", already has his  head in the sand and is trying to say that there is no God. Even they will end up admitting, "There IS a God in Israel". Here's the point. All through the Bible there are numerous Proofs that God really is, and Ezekiel 38 and 39 is a big one. Scoffers are actually going to have to try to say that there is no God, while in reality admitting that "There is a God in Israel". The Lord IS going to get the recognition He so richly Deserves, by all those who hate Him. "Hey world, the Lord God Almighty is starting to stand up and Speak even louder than before, your days of unbelief and excuses are fast coming to an end. That's ok, a few will Believe, but most won't, they will die in their sins and go to Hell where they WILL bow the knee and Proclaim that Jesus Christ IS Lord of Lords and King of Kings. It's a hard day when one is accused, and found Guilty of NOT Believing the Lord! Keep it Simple, just Believe, and, Be Blessed.
 

MORNINGTIME 2794

MORNINGTIME 2794
 
Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth TAKE HEED, (he very careful), lest he fall. There hath no TEMPTATION taken you but such as IS COMMON TO MAN: but God is faithful, who will not suffer (allow) you to be tempted above that ye are able (to withstand); BUT WILL with the temptation also MAKE A WAY TO ESCAPE (the temptation), that ye may be able to bear it. Wherefore, my dearly beloved, FLEE from idolatry. 1 Corinthians 10:12-14. This is a very nice way for the Lord to say that if you fall for some temptation, you will have no excuse or reason to stand on for why you fell. Years ago, there was a comedian who frequently gave the excuse, "The devil made me do it". Sorry guys, the devil can't make you do anything. Even the Gaderine Demoniac, a man full of demons, RAN to Christ for help as soon as he understood he could be "Saved". There are no new temptations out there, they have ALL been around since Satan was cast out of Heaven. Satan loves to play in one's head and OFFER tasty little temptations that, IF HEEDED, will lead to Sin, and if not dealt with, could even lead to death, both physically AND spiritually. But this doesn't have to end this way. No matter what kind of temptation is after you, Christ has already Paid For and made a Way Of Escape for you. He Always has a way of escape, a way out, a path to NOT sin. If you DO sin, it's because you CHOOSE to, remember, you have no excuse TO sin. To not give in to temptation can be a simple as, turn off the TV or computer, turn away from that picture, or  don't go into that store. BUT IF YOU DO GIVE IN TO TEMPTATION AND SIN, run to Christ, Repent, and ask for Forgiveness. Learn where you messed up and don't make the same mistake again. The Holy Spirit WILL direct your path if you will listen to, and Obey Him, as He leads you away from temptation and sin. All temptations stem from, the lust of the eye, the lust of the flesh, and the pride of life. Reject these, and, Be Blessed.
 

MORNINGTIME 2793

MORNINGTIME 2793
 
There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do ACCORDING TO ALL THE LAW, which Moses my servant commanded thee: TURN NOT FROM IT to the right hand or to the left, THAT THOU MAYEST PROSPER whithersoever thou goest. THIS BOOK OF THE LAW shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest OBSERVE TO DO according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. HAVE NOT I COMMANDED THEE? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: FOR THE LORD thy God IS WITH THEE whithersoever thou goes. Joshua 1:5,7-9. This is Old Testament with Joshua encouraging the Jews to get ready to take the Promised Land. The highlight here is, READ AND STUDY THE LAW. "But that's old testament and we're under the New Testament and Grace!!! We don't have to live under the 600 plus Laws the Jews had". Yes, that's true. Now, reread these verses as if it were Christ speaking in the New Testament giving His Church this same Command. What Law is He speaking of? There are 3 of them, for this discussion. The First is "Love the Lord", the Second is "Love your Neighbor", and the third is, "Ye MUST be Born Again". THESE are "Laws" we must Obey completely or there's no going to Heaven. Yes, Christ lived and obeyed ALL the Old Testament Law TO FULFILL ALL THE LAW SO WE DON'T HAVE TO (fulfill all the old testament law). We now Live IN Christ and only need to OBEY HIM with a much simpler 3 law  requirement, instead of 600 plus laws. The world is still full of laws, like, don't speed, pay your taxes, and the like. In Christ, in His Love, we will Grow to Obey His Laws WITH JOY as His Laws willingly become a part of us. Live and Love His Law as His Law also says, we WILL, Be Blessed.
 

MORNINGTIME 2792

MORNINGTIME 2792
 
Let your conversation, (your lifestyle, your way of Life), be without covetousness; (don't be looking for more stuff that you don't need), and be content with such things as ye have: (because the Lord will take care of ALL your needs, if you will but Trust Him with them), for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me (because man is not my supply and man has no hold over me with the things I actually do need). Remember them, (Biblical Preachers, Teachers, and biblically sound friends), which have the rule over you, WHO HAVE SPOKEN UNTO YOU THE WORD OF GOD: whose faith follow, (as they go before you demonstrating their Faith and Trust in the Supplying Power of Jesus Christ and His Word), considering the end of their conversation, (looking down the road to the End and seeing that they are leading you into greater CHRISTLIKENESS). Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever. (Christ took care of His Followers for the last 6,000 plus years, and He isn't going to stop now). Hebrews 13:5-8. This "verse" is a game changer when you not just understand what it means, but actually FULLY apply it to EVERYTHING in your Christian Walk. When you come to understand all the way down to the bottom of your Spiritual Soul, that Christ IS your everything Supply, ALL fear of want, need, and lack, goes out the window. With Christ in full control of all your supply, there is no room for fear of  man and his threats to stop your supply. Let's use common sense here, if you want electricity, you need to keep paying for it. This does mean man can't tell you to stop going to church on Sunday morning or else he'll cut off your (fill in the blank). Man will do what man will do, but man can't stop Christ from doing for you what He wants to do. For example, if we're still here, don't fear being cut off if you don't take "the mark of the beast". TRUST CHRIST, and, Be Blessed.
 

MORNINGTIME 2791

MORNINGTIME 2791
 
And this is his COMMANDMENT, That we should BELIEVE on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, AND LOVE one another, as he gave us COMMANDMENT. And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in (Christ), and (Christ) in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, BY THE SPIRIT WHICH HE HATH GIVEN US. 1 John 3:23-24. On a personal note for just a moment, I have heard for years that the Holy Spirit is like a dove, as in one that is easily and quickly frightened away at the slightest sign of danger to itself. That the Holy Spirit is with us, each one of us Believers, as long as we listen to Him. But as soon as we sin in some form or fashion, "He's outa here". Yes, the Holy Spirit is symbolized as a dove when He descends upon Christ in Luke 3:21-22, "Now when all the people were baptized, it came to pass, that Jesus also being baptized, and praying, the heaven was opened, And the Holy Ghost DESCENDED in a bodily shape LIKE A DOVE upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased". Luke 3:21-22. But that's as far as it goes, nowhere does it speak of Him, the Holy Spirit, LEAVING someone in times of sin, or trouble. It would appear in the following verse that at "sin", the Holy Spirit MIGHT leave. "Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me". Psalm 51:11. But if you back up to the beginning of this discussion to verse 5,  "Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me" . Psalm 51:5. To read on in context it looks like David is acknowledging his life as a sinner, the Holy Spirit calling him to Repentance and Salvation, and David responds with Obedience unto salvation. If David had rejected that call, THEN the Holy Spirit would have left.  Besides, since when does a "Teacher" and "Comforter" leave when a student acts up? Discipline is administered to bring the student back in line. See Hebrews 13:5-6. Obey the Holy Spirit, and, Be Blessed.
 

MORNINGTIME 2790

MORNINGTIME 2790
 
And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, BECAUSE WE KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS, AND DO THOSE THINGS THAT ARE PLEASING IN HIS SIGHT.  And this is his commandment, That we should BELIEVE ON the Name of his Son JESUS CHRIST, and LOVE ONE ANOTHER, as he gave us commandment.  And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, BY THE SPIRIT which he hath given us. 1 John 3:22-24. Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt LOVE THE LORD THY GOD with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment.  And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt LOVE THY NEIGHBOUR AS THYSELF.  On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. Matthew 22:37-40. How do we Keep and Do those Things that are pleasing in His Sight? We can't, just because He said to. That would be like telling a dead man to get up and walk. He had no power of his own to become un-dead. It can ONLY be by the Hand of the Lord. Physical man CAN'T Comprehend the Things of the Lord. If we, through Repentance and Salvation, now DO those Things of the Lord, it will only be, again, BY the Hand of the lord, meaning, BY HIS HOLY SPIRIT NOW LIVING INSIDE OF US. It takes the Hand of the lord, the Holy Spirit in us, to translate to us the Things of the Lord so that mere man can Know the Things of The Lord. If you don't have the Holy Spirit Living inside you, to translate for you, than EVERYTHING you're doing "for the lord" is of the flesh and will amount to nothing. How can you BE a Christian, translation, how can you BE Christ-like? Only by reading His Word as His Holy Spirit brings His Word TO LIFE inside you. This brings His First Two Commandments TO LIFE inside you THROUGH your Love for Him, and your fellow man, both Saved, and un-saved. THIS, is Pleasing In His Sight. This is the result of HIS LIFE, His Holy Spirit, inside you manifesting itself to others, and you WILL, Be Blessed.
 

MORNINGTIME 2789

MORNINGTIME 2789
 
And hereby we KNOW that WE ARE OF THE TRUTH, and shall assure our hearts before him. For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things. Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, THEN HAVE WE CONFIDENCE TOWARD GOD. And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, BECAUSE WE KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight. 1 John 3:19-22. There is A Place In Christ whereby we can, may, and DO Know that we Belong to Christ, that He KNOWS us, and that when we die, we KNOW that Heaven will be our final Resting Place, FOR ALL OF ETERNITY!!! This is A Place of NO QUESTION, NO DOUBT, AND NO FEAR, PERIOD. Take these words in the strongest meaning possible, we CAN Know our Eternal Future. This Knowledge doesn't change if you have a bout with Sin and lose a battle. Yes, it cuts to the soul that we messed up and the Lord will deal with it, and us, but it doesn't change the Knowledge that Christ Died for us, God Loves Us, and the Holy Spirit Deals with us. This Place in Christ no longer has the question, "I am a Christian, I'm not a Christian, I am a Christian, I'm not a Christian", being of Sound Mind In Christ stops ALL doubts and fears Satan tries to throw up into your face as soon as some sin raises its ugly head. This Assurance has the Peace  that Passes Understanding WITH Joy Unspeakable. This is a Heart Attitude based IN Christ, NOT ON CIRCUMSTANCES. How does one get to this place? Keep seeking Christ, not as, "Oh, I've finally Found Him", but as continually going deeper and deeper in Understanding of WHO HE IS, AND WHO YOU ARE IN HIM. Study His Word, listen to and Obey the Leading of the Holy Spirit as He directs your Path ALL THE DAY LONG. And when you DO mess up, Repent, Be Forgiven, and keep on keeping on. Sin is always trying to knock at your door. Christ's Blood COVERS that sin and again Washes You Clean. This is A Heart Attitude In Christ, it doesn't change, and it is a Place to, Be Blessed.
 

MORNINGTIME 2788

MORNINGTIME 2788
 
But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, HOW DWELLETH THE LOVE OF GOD IN HIM?  My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; BUT IN DEED AND IN TRUTH. 1 John 3:17-18. Today, I will use pictures and words that will almost sound like legalism. The intent is ONLY to have you look at your own Heart Attitude and NOT put you under a load of guilty condemnation, otherwise ALL of America will be found guilty. We'll start with this, "And that servant, which KNEW his lord's will, and prepared not himself , neither did according to his will, SHALL BE BEATEN WITH MANY STRIPES. But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes . FOR UNTO WHOMSOEVER MUCH IS GIVEN, OF HIM SHALL BE MUCH REQUIRED: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more". Luke 12:47-48. If there was ever a Country that had the Hand of the Lord on it with His Blessings and Prosperity, it would be America, NOW. We have EVERYTHING a man could ever want, food, fuel, information, bibles and commentaries, open door places of worship, employment, stuff to buy, and the list just keeps on going. We have Godly stuff, and satanic stuff. We can  CHOOSE anything we want without fear of, even the Lord. How many people actually "Fear" making a choice displeasing to the Lord? How many people actually "Fear" the Lord? To hit closer to home, do you ever help the guy on the side of the road begging for food or money? Do YOU "pay" your full 10% tithes, plus offerings? What % of your church budget actually goes to missionaries? Don't hide behind, "America sends out more missionaries than any other county", just ask yourself AND the Lord, "Am I being Obedient to You Lord in all that you have made me Steward over? Are You FIRST in my Life, or just second place, or less"? Got the picture? Now go ask, Obey, and, Be Blessed.
 
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