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MORNINGTIME 2649

MORNINGTIME 2649
 
And after certain days, when Felix came with his wife Drusilla, which was a Jewess, he sent for Paul, and heard him concerning THE FAITH IN CHRIST. And as he reasoned of righteousness, temperance, and judgment to come, FELIX TREMBLED, and answered, GO THY WAY for this time; when I have a convenient season, I will call for thee. He hoped also that money should have been given him of Paul, that he might loose him: wherefore HE SENT FOR HIM the oftener, and communed with him. Acts 24:24-26. Felix heard The Gospel and came under such heavy  conviction, HE TREMBLED. That's more than most people who go to church today, hear the Gospel, yawn, and go home convinced that was an excellent message that the guy in the pew next to him should definitely take to heart. The rest of the story is, Felix hardened his heart against the Word with the hopes that Paul would try to bribe his way to freedom. Yes, he heard the Gospel for 2 more years, but that was only to get a bribe for Paul's freedom. It didn't work. Here's what really happened. Felix kept asking Paul to Preach to him and Paul kept Preaching The Gospel to Felix, HEAPING MORE AND MORE GOSPEL COALS OF FIRE ON FELIX'S HEAD. The Word will NOT return void, so Felix will have to account for each and every Gospel Word he heard AND Rejected, on Judgment Day. He will have to give an account of EVERY rejection of the Gospel he ever heard. His rejections just kept piling up and that kind of "Gospel Weight" on a man's heart SHOULD bring him to conviction, repentance, and Salvation. But every rejection just adds to the hardness of one's heart until that person dies a Christless Death. How many people in church today come back Sunday after Sunday hearing The Gospel, AND KEEP REJECTING IT? Without  Repentance, Death and Hell are all they have to look forward to. Hell is a Sinners Dream Come True. Never again will they have to put up with Christ nagging them to Get Saved.   Aaahhhh, peace and quiet, and no more Christ to, Be Blessed.
 

MORNINGTIME 2648

MORNINGTIME 2648
 
We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but HE THAT IS BEGOTTEN OF GOD KEEPER HIMSELF, AND THAT WICKED ONE TOUCHETH HIM NOT. And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness. And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life. 1 John 5:18-20. As previously discussed, this relationship is with the Triune Godhead and is about as intimate as it can get. "The Lord is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me"? Psalm 118:6. The body that you have is nothing more than a means of getting around on this Ole Earth. The Real You, the part inside the body, is the part that Christ has Paid For, AND SATAN CAN'T TOUCH THAT. All he, and man, can do is try to make your physical life uncomfortable, miserable, or even kill your body, part. They can't touch your Spirit Man. That part already Belongs to Christ. Once you understand Who you are In Christ, and who Satan is outside of Christ, ALL FEAR OF SATAN AND WHAT HE AND MAN WANT TO DO TO (THE PHYSICAL) YOU, GOES OUT THE WINDOW!!! Now Everything changes. The whole world becomes a different place when you can walk around with NO FEAR OF ANYTHING! We have been given A Suit of Armour to not only Protect us in defensive Battle, but to be used even in Offensive hand to hand Combat, WITH AN ENEMY THAT HAS ALREADY BEEN SOUNDLY DEFEATED. With all this understanding, know that probably some day you will die. The Lord may, or may not, use Satan to call you Home after you've accomplished The Plan the Lord has for your Life here on earth. SATAN CAN DO NOTHING EXCEPT IT GOES THROUGH THE THRONE ROOM FIRST. If that happens, Satan can ONLY do as the Lord allows, and it will be for your Benefit. See? NO FEAR. Now go about your Life in Christ as you Grow in CHRISTLIKENESS, and, Be Blessed.
 

MORNINGTIME 2647

MORNINGTIME 2647
 
We KNOW that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not. And we KNOW that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness. And we KNOW that the Son of God is come, AND HATH GIVEN US AN UNDERSTANDING, that we may KNOW him that is True, AND WE ARE IN HIM that is True, EVEN IN HIS SON Jesus Christ. This is the True God, and Eternal Life. 1 John 5:18-20. To "Know", Thayer's Definition; to see, to perceive with the eyes, to perceive by any of the senses, to perceive, notice, discern, discover, to see, i.e. to turn the eyes, the mind, the attention to anything, to pay attention, observe, to see about something, i.e. to ascertain what must be done about it, to inspect, examine, to look at, behold, to experience any state or condition, to see i.e. have an interview with, to visit, to know, to know of anything, to know, i.e. get knowledge of, understand, perceive, of any fact, the force and meaning of something which has definite meaning, to know how, to be skilled in, to have regard for one, cherish, pay attention to Thessalonians 5:12. "And we beseech you, brethren, to KNOW them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you";   To "Understand", Thayer's Definition; The mind as a faculty of understanding, feeling, desiring, understanding, mind, i.e. spirit, way of thinking and feeling, thoughts, either good or bad. Please re-read and study these verses and definitions, as there is an Assurance here that is very easy to miss. To apply everything here to your everyday life means that you CAN KNOW that you are saved, you CAN KNOW exactly Who Jesus, the Christ is, and through Him you CAN KNOW who your Brothers and Sisters are, in Christ. Even the Lord God Almighty tells us to get to KNOW Him. You can't get any more Intimate than that. Study His Word(s). They bring Life and they are Life, and you can KNOW that you will, Be Blessed.

 

MORNINGTIME 2646

MORNINGTIME 2646
 
In the beginning GOD CREATED the heaven and the earth. And God saw every thing that He had made, AND, behold, IT WAS VERY GOOD. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day. Genesis 1:1,31. For by Him WERE ALL THINGS CREATED, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: ALL THINGS WERE CREATED BY HIM, and for Him: And He is before all things, and BY HIM ALL THINGS CONSIST. Colossians 1:16-17. An in- depth word study will show that the word "day" is actually a 24 hour time span. This, among other things, totally destroys the theory of evolution. Biblically speaking, there is not even one shred of evidence to back up anything of evolution. So why does evolution continue to persistently keep hanging on? IT'S THE ONLY THING OUT THERE FOR LIARS AND GOD HATES TO HANG ON TO. The key here is not evolution in itself, it's that anybody who wants to hate God, deny even the concept of God, and purposefully turn their back on God, HAVE TO HAVE A PLACE TO COME TOGETHER TO AGREE THERE IS NO GOD BECAUSE MAN IS NOW A GOD UNTO THEMSELVES. With no god out there to have to answer to, man becomes his own god, and man is now right back where he started from, still believing in God, meaning, still believing in himself as God. This is why no Christian can or will believe in the Theory Of Evolution. It's either, God created Life and then came Sin, or, Sin created life out of death. This just shows how wickedly desperate man is in his endeavor to deny God. Yes, there is a learning curve here, if a baby Christian believes in evolution, it's only until someone tells him the Truth of Creation, at which point evolution will go out the window and never come back. Evolution is only an offering from the hand of Satan, and sinful man has to take that offering AND RUN WITH IT. No one can declare, "The devil MADE me do it". You must choose what you Believe. So Believe God, and, Be Blessed.
 

MORNINGTIME 2645

MORNINGTIME 2645
 
CHILDREN, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Ephesians 6:1.  Therefore shall A MAN leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. Genesis 2:24. These discussions on the office of "Youth Pastor" are really just an exercise in futility. I say that because most churches in America with a youth pastor are going along with the status quo of what man figures out should work in getting teens into church. These churches are trying to be relevant to young people because young people are the future of the church. (Really)? All that, is man's way of thinking. And man's way of thinking leads to ultimate death and destruction. The "youth pastor" thing is just one of many things that are Biblically Wrong with the (4 walls) church. If your church with a youth pastor isn't willing to Biblically prove this office, then mentioning other Biblical Wrongs in the church will be useless. This all comes down to Heart Attitude. Does your church have a heart to look at ANYTHING that doesn't line up with the Bible, and maybe even do something about it? If you say Yes, than the first thing that comes up on the radar screen is what you'll tackle first, whatever it is. But if you need to pick and choose, you'll do nothing and everything will stay the same. And if that's the case, it's OK, you'll probably never even notice the Lord quietly going out the door and hanging the sign, "ICHABOD" above the door. Don't worry, most passersby won't know what the sign means anyway. A few sheep will notice, but that's all, you can keep doing church as usual. Now, here's the good news, IF your church is willing to clean house and throw out sin, that's good. But if not, God's three steps behind you and He WILL throw out all the stuff He doesn't like. That is, if He doesn't see the ICHABOD sign over the door. For some, it's good when God leaves then alone. For others, it's bad. By which one will you, Be Blessed?
 

MORNINGTIME 2644

MORNINGTIME 2644
          
CHILDREN, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Ephesians 6:1. CHILDREN, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord. Colossians 3:20. Therefore shall A MAN leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. Genesis 2:24. Back in the Bible days, children stayed home under the protection and authority of their parents. When a child grew up and became a man, he would leave his parents and their home and would become the authority of his own home and take on the responsibility of a wife and family. Back then, there were no "teenagers", just children, and men. For an illustration, let's say the term "teenager" is an American term and pretty much gives "teens" the pseudo "responsibility" of adulthood as they still play like children. They can do adult crimes, and still be treated as kids. We do the same thing in church. They're too old to be kept with children, and too immature to be grouped with adults. The solution?  Separate them from everyone else, put them in a room by themselves, hire an older "kid" (still trying to act like one), and to make all this sound biblical, call this older kid, "The Youth Pastor". Sorry folks, this kid, his job title as Youth Pastor, AND the practice of separating "teens" from everyone else, HAS NO BIBLICAL BASIS WHATSOEVER. We can fool ourselves into believing this works, but it doesn't. I'll prove it, tell me, how many church kids go off to College and seriously "backslide" in their first year? How many "Youth Ministers" end up with serious problems and quietly try to sneak out the back door of church  hoping to not have to be held accountable for whatever messed up. Kids will be kids you know. Can you really prove a Biblical Basis, historically, for a "youth pastor"? And if not, why would the Lord bless something man-made and unbiblical? God has a Better Way, and Christ has already told us how. Do we want to Obey Him, His Way, and, Be Blessed?
 

MORNINGTIME 2643

MORNINGTIME 2643
 
My LITTLE CHILDREN, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:  I write unto you, LITTLE CHILDREN, because your sins are forgiven you for his name's sake. I write unto you, FATHERS, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I write unto you, YOUNG MEN, because ye have overcome the wicked one. I write unto you, LITTLE CHILDREN, because ye have known the Father. I have written unto you, FATHERS, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I have written unto you, YOUNG MEN, because ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one.  LITTLE CHILDREN, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time. And now, LITTLE CHILDREN, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming. 1 John 2:1,12-14,18,28. CHILDREN, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Ephesians 6:1. CHILDREN, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord.   Colossians 3:20. Therefore shall A MAN leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. Genesis 2:24. When you do a word study of child, children, youth, young men, and men, a picture starts to take shape showing there are generally two groups of people. The first group are babies and children who are still young enough to be under the authority and control of their parents. The second group are young men, and men, who are old enough to hold an office of authority and leadership, and to leave his parents and take a wife. One definition calls young men as men under the age of forty. I find it very interesting that nowhere in the Bible is there a category for what we call today, "teenagers". Just children and men. Be Blessed.
 

MORNINGTIME 2642

MORNINGTIME 2642
 
Blessed is the man that WALKETH NOT in the counsel of the ungodly, NOR STANDETH in the way of sinners, NOR SITTETH in the seat of the scornful. But HIS DELIGHT is in the law of the Lord ; and in his Law doth HE MEDITATE day and night. And HE SHALL BE LIKE a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever HE DOETH shall prosper. The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away. Therefore the ungodly SHALL NOT STAND in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish. Psalm 1:1-6. We have two pathways before us here. One pathway is absolute Legalism. ALL those who are Dead In Christ, those who have heard of, and know of, Christ, shall be judged by the Law of Christ. That Law is the 10 Commandments. If you break one Law, you've broken them all and will be pronounced GUILTY. The other Pathway is absolute Grace and Mercy. Us guilty Law Breakers who have fallen at the Feet of Christ and have asked Him to Forgive us and Change us from our evil ways to His Pure, Righteous, and Holy Way, shall Walk WITH Him into CHRISTLIKENESS, into the Freedom of not breaking any Laws NATURALLY. Christ won't break His own Laws and we In Him, won't either. To daily Obey Christ with Peace and Joy is to "Naturally", as with, the Nature of Christ, Walk in His Law Abiding Love Growing towards Perfection. Legalism is Law. Love is Mercy and Grace. Which pathway you choose to walk in will determine your Eternal Destiny. Christ Desires that NONE perish. He will also leave that personal, intimate choice up to each one of us. Salvation is His Perfect Offer to mankind. To Walk in It is by Freely Choosing to. No one will make you "get saved". But to not, is to willingly walk into Eternal Death and Destruction, WILLINGLY!!! Choose Life, Follow Christ, and, Be Blessed.
 

MORNINGTIME 2641

MORNINGTIME 2641
 
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. FOR WE WRESTLE not against flesh and blood, but AGAINST PRINCIPALITIES, against POWERS, against the rulers of the DARKNESS of this world, against spiritual WICKEDNESS in high places. WHEREFORE TAKE UNTO YOU THE WHOLE ARMOUR OF GOD, that ye may be able TO WITHSTAND in the evil day, AND having done all, TO STAND. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: PRAYING ALWAYS with all prayer and supplication IN THE SPIRIT, AND WATCHING thereunto with all perseverance and supplication FOR ALL SAINTS; Ephesians 6:10-18.  This is an exact Command with the Perfect Understanding of Who, What, When, Where, Why and How. There is nothing here to try to figure out what the Lord means, there is nothing to be confused over. These are marching orders for ALL Christians, Period. When God told Adam and Eve to not eat of That Fruit or you will surely die, they disobeyed and eventually did die. Is it possible, that to ignore this Whole Armour Command, could bring on an earlier "death" to a Christian? Without Proper Protection, a fireman will die in a fire, a policeman could die in the next gunfight, and a Christian could go Home sooner for not wearing the Required Clothing to Protect him in his next satanic attack??? This is not to stretch the Word of God to mean something it doesn't actually say, but is the Concept possible that to ignore this Command could have harmful consequences to a Believer's Life? This is too important to ignore, please consider this carefully, and, Be Blessed.
 

MORNINGTIME 2640

MORNINGTIME 2640
 
Go to now, ye rich men, (of the 4 walls grassy front yard church of a America), weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you. Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are moth eaten. (You have taken My Provisions and heaped them upon yourselves). Your gold and silver is cankered; (your money is stored in vaults, not invested in My Kingdom), and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days. Behold, the hire of the labourers who have reaped down your fields, (which are ripe unto harvest), which is of you kept back by fraud (from  your missionaries, for they) crieth: and the cries of them which have (labored in My Fields) are entered into the ears of the Lord of sabaoth. Ye have lived in pleasure on the earth (heaping My Blessings upon yourselves), and been wanton; ye have nourished your hearts, as in a day of slaughter. (Sports and Entertainment are your gods). Ye have condemned and killed the just; (I no longer hear your cries against abortion), and (those babies do) not resist you. James 5:1-6. The church of America today, with all its many man made plans and programs,  has no resemblance to the early Church found in the Book of Acts. We build Mega churches, and stay home for The Big Game. We spend millions on facilities, and tell our missionaries to make due, we're all tapped out. WHAT'S WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE??? Now the GOoD News. The Church, the Body of Jesus Christ, is alive and well throughout the world. He is feeding His Sheep as they Grow in CHRISTLIKENESS. Two thousand years ago "the church" missed the coming of Christ. Two thousand years later "the church" is still missing the soon coming again of Christ. Examine yourself, which church are you invested in? Your investment WILL HAVE eternal dividends. Take some time and do a "spiritual audit" on yourself. Are your time and energy investments in Christ, where they will, Be Blessed?
 
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