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MORNINGTIME 3033

MORNINGTIME 3033
 
Now therefore behold the king WHOM YE HAVE CHOSEN, and WHOM YE HAVE DESIRED! and, behold, the Lord hath set a king over you. IF YE WILL FEAR THE LORD, and serve him, and obey his voice, and not rebel against the commandment of the Lord, THEN SHALL BOTH YE AND also THE KING that reigneth over you CONTINUE FOLLOWING THE LORD your God: BUT IF ye will NOT obey the voice of the Lord, but rebel against the commandment of the Lord, then shall the hand of the Lord be against you, as it was against your fathers. Only fear the Lord, and serve him in truth with all your heart: for consider how great things he hath done for you. But if ye shall still do wickedly, YE SHALL BE CONSUMED, BOTH YE AND YOUR KING. 1 Samuel 12: 13-15, 24-25. Only the Lord KNOWS the heart of the people, and He's not talking. If the people want a king to lead them in the way THEY want to go, God will give them a worldly king But if the people want a King that will lead them in the Way THE LORD wants them to go, God will give them a God-fearing King who WILL lead them in the Way they should go, in Holiness, Righteousness, and Purity towards the Lord. It's the same today. If a church wants to follow worldly ways, God will give them a worldly preacher, because that preacher himself wants to preach "feel good" worldly messages. Truly, a match made in heaven. But if the congregation truly has a Hunger for the Things of the Lord, then the Lord will give them a Preacher who himself, wants the Things of the Lord. Again, a match made in heaven. This is why so many churches are happy with their preacher. Saved or unsaved, both are getting what they want. If your friend tells you he's going to a great church, and you KNOW they don't preach the Gospel there, THAT'S WHAT THEY WANT. If your Pastor Preaches THE GOSPEL, you'll find conflict there because The Sheep will LOVE the Preaching, and the goats will hate it and will fight the Preacher at every turn. Pray for your Pastor, that you, AND he, will, Be Blessed.
 

MORNINGTIME 3032

MORNINGTIME 3032
 
AND THE LORD SENT Jerubbaal, and Bedan, and Jephthah, and Samuel, and delivered you out of the hand of your enemies on every side, AND YE DWELLED SAFE. And when ye saw that Nahash the king of the children of Ammon came against you, ye said unto me, NAY; BUT A KING SHALL REIGN OVER US: when the Lord your God WAS YOUR KING. Now therefore behold the king WHOM YE HAVE CHOSEN, and WHOM YE HAVE DESIRED! and, behold, the Lord hath set a king over you. IF YE WILL FEAR THE LORD, and serve him, and obey his voice, and not rebel against the commandment of the Lord, THEN SHALL BOTH YE AND also THE KING that reigneth over you continue FOLLOWing THE LORD your God:  But if ye will not obey the voice of the Lord, but rebel against the commandment of the Lord, then shall the hand of the Lord be against you, as it was against your fathers. Only fear the Lord, and serve him in truth with all your heart: for consider how great things he hath done for you. But if ye shall still do wickedly, ye shall be consumed, BOTH YE AND YOUR KING. 1 Samuel 12:11-15,24-25. God, as King over the people, will cut no corners, not wink at sin, nor turn a blind eye to injustice. He requires Holiness, Righteousness, and Purity from ALL His subjects. God would deal with each of His subjects, one on one, with nothing escaping His Eye. This was nothing less than Pure Rebellion by the people wanting a layer of worldliness between them and God. They wanted a man they could control, a buffer to soften the "harshness" of God to man. Man is still the same today. He wants to follow a man talking ABOUT man's god, (a preacher of man's choosing), INSTEAD OF FOLLOWING THE LEADING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT STRAIGHT INTO THE THRONE ROOM OF THE LORD GOD ALMIGHTY. Man wants to "feel good" about lounging in his worldliness, knowing that God will have no part of it. The Holy Spirit wants to teach us all things Holy, but man wants to stay in and enjoy all things worldly. PRAY FOR A GODLY PREACHER, that you AND he, may, Be Blessed.
 

MORNINGTIME 3031

MORNINGTIME 3031
 
For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods. And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man ACCORDING TO HIS SEVERAL ABILITY; and straightway took his journey. Then he that had received the five talents, (2 talents) went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents, (2 talents). But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, AND HID HIS LORD'S MONEY. After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them. And so he that had received five talents (2 talents) came and brought other five talents (2 talents), saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents (2 talents): behold, I have gained beside them five talents (2 talents) more. Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed: And I was afraid, AND WENT AND HID THY TALENT IN THE EARTH: LO, THERE THOU HAST THAT IS THINE. Matthew 25:14-20,24-25. Let's look at this as the talents being the Godly "DNA" that every man is born with. Just enough for that man to be curious about God, and start to seek out God, if he wants to. Only the Lord knows a man's heart and ALL of mankind CAN Be Saved, if they want to. The 2 and 5 talent men followed that "hunger" for God and were Joyfully Saved, and were greatly rewarded with eternity with Christ. But the one talent man, (Goat), decided to throw away what his Master had given him and decided on his own that his "talent", (Christ), wasn't worth the effort. No curiosity, no interest, no desire to even consider the benefits of Obeying the Master. He had already decided that he knew better than the Master the Value of that one talent. To be fair here, the Master knew this "goat" servant would do this, but he had to offer Salvation anyway, and the servant CHOSE not to, Be Blessed.
 

MORNINGTIME 3030

MORNINGTIME 3030
 
The king's heart IS IN THE HAND OF THE LORD, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will. Proverbs 21:1. And the Lord said unto Moses, When thou goest to return into Egypt, see that thou do all those wonders before Pharaoh, which I have put in thine hand: BUT I WILL HARDEN HIS HEART, that he shall not let the people go. Exodus 4:21. This is very important, please understand, by his own choice, Pharaoh's heart was already against the Lord, his heart was already "hard" against the Will of the Lord, and nothing God would do would change that, BY PHARAOH 'S OWN LIFE CHOICE. Pharaoh was a sinner who would NEVER Repent of his sins, so the Lord used Pharaoh for the Lord's Purposes. The Lord Knows the Heart of EVERY man, woman, and child ever born, and whether they will Repent and "Be Saved", or not. Remember, sheep and goats. Here's my point. God will use any and every Goat He wants to, and any way He wants to, TO CALL OUT AND SAVE EVERY LOST SHEEP, THAT THEY WILL COME TO CHRIST IN REPENTANCE UNTO SALVATION. This includes, if a lost sheep comes to church looking for Christ, God will use even the goats IN CHURCH to bring in His Lost Sheep. Goats are "expendable", by their own Choice, and the Lord will use them any way He wants to. Again, the Lord will use EVERYTHING in your wretched, unsaved life to Call you to Christ, to Repentance unto Salvation, AND WHEN SAVED, He'll still use sheep and goats to KEEP you Saved. Anything and everything is "fair game" to bring in the lost sheep into the Fold of Christ, and keep them there. God offers Salvation to EVERYONE on planet earth, and NO ONE will die and go to Hell because "they didn't know". And yes, God will use Christians to sharpen Christians that both will Grow in CHRISTLIKENESS, growing in Holiness, Righteousness, and Purity, all the days of their Lives. God made everything, and He'll use everything, to bring IN His lost sheep, and to KEEP them there, that they ALL will, Be Blessed.
 

MORNINGTIME 3029

MORNINGTIME 3029
 
And MIRIAM AND AARON SPAKE AGAINST MOSES because of the Ethiopian woman whom he had married: for he had married an Ethiopian woman. And they said, Hath the Lord indeed spoken only by Moses? hath he not spoken also by us? AND THE LORD HEARD IT. (Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth.) And the Lord spake suddenly unto Moses, and unto Aaron, and unto Miriam, Come out ye three unto the tabernacle of the congregation. And they three came out. And the Lord came down in the pillar of the cloud, and stood in the door of the tabernacle, and called Aaron and Miriam: and they both came forth. And he said, Hear now my words: IF THERE BE A PROPHET among you, I THE LORD WILL MAKE MYSELF KNOWN UNTO HIM in a vision, AND WILL SPEAK UNTO HIM in a dream. My servant Moses is not so, who is faithful in all mine house. With him will I speak mouth to mouth, even apparently, and not in dark speeches; and the similitude of the Lord shall he behold: wherefore then were ye not afraid to speak against my servant Moses? And the anger of the Lord was kindled against them; and he departed. And the cloud departed from off the tabernacle; and, behold, Miriam became leprous, white as snow: and Aaron looked upon Miriam, and, behold, she was leprous. Numbers 12:1-10. The key words here are, "I will speak unto my Prophet and he will speak unto me". Miriam and Aaron were Judged for their rebellion, but God spoke TO Moses to Confirm to Moses, "Stand firm Moses, you're Mine, don't let them shake you". He Encouraged Moses in Heart and Spirit, but He Judged Miriam and Aaron physically. When the world comes against you, Believer, the Lord will not tell the world to leave you alone, (they won't listen), He'll tell YOU to hang in there, and Be Strong, Be Faithful, and just keep doing what He's told you to do. When you're in a tough place, only You will hear from the Lord, and they will keep doing what they're doing. THEY will be Judged, YOU will, Be Blessed.
 

MORNINGTIME 3028

MORNINGTIME 3028
 
And MIRIAM AND AARON SPAKE AGAINST MOSES because of the Ethiopian woman whom he had married: for he had married an Ethiopian woman. And they said, Hath the Lord indeed spoken ONLY by Moses? hath he not spoken also by us? AND THE LORD HEARD IT. (Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth.) AND THE LORD SPAKE SUDDENLY unto Moses, and unto Aaron, and unto Miriam, COME OUT YE THREE unto the tabernacle of the congregation. AND THEY THREE CAME OUT. AND THE LORD CAME DOWN in the pillar of the cloud, AND STOOD IN THE DOOR of the tabernacle, AND CALLED Aaron and Miriam: AND THEY both CAME FORTH. And he said, HEAR NOW MY WORDS: If there be a prophet among you, I the Lord will make myself known unto him in a vision, and will speak unto him in a dream. MY SERVANT MOSES is not so, who is faithful in all mine house. With him WILL I SPEAK MOUTH TO MOUTH, even apparently, and not in dark speeches; AND the similitude of the Lord shall HE BEHOLD: wherefore then WERE YE NOT AFRAID to speak against my servant Moses? AND THE ANGER OF THE LORD WAS KINDLED AGAINST THEM; AND HE DEPARTED. And the cloud departed from off the tabernacle; AND, BEHOLD, MIRIAM BECAME LEPROUS, white as snow: and Aaron looked upon Miriam, and, behold, she was leprous. Numbers 12:1-10. Back in the day, if the Lord got angry about something, He'd let you know it VERY quickly. Judgment would fall and "heads would roll", in a manner of speaking. Today, God mostly holds back His Judgment because of Mercy and Grace. AND WE COUNT GOD AS WIMPY WITH NO FEAR OF HIM. God NEVER changes, He STILL hates ALL sin, AND JUDGMENT WILL FALL. His Mercy is so great, He may even allow you to live out your whole, long life in total sin, with no apparent Judgment. Then you die, and THEN Judgment Falls. To late to Repent then, you're toast and on your way to Hell. BE WARNED RIGHT NOW, REPENT NOW, TODAY, His Mercy is about to run out, and you WILL NOT, Be Blessed.
 

MORNINGTIME 3027

MORNINGTIME 3027
 
(Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth.) Numbers 12:3. Definition of "meek":  quiet, gentle, and easily imposed on; submissive. And Brown-Driver-Briggs' Definition: "poor, afflicted, humble, wretched, needy, weak, and lowly". This is the world's definition of "meek". It implies that Moses was pretty much a doormat for everybody to walk on. I'm sorry, but I just don't see Moses as a doormat for anybody. I find this to be a more realistic definition of "Meek" in the Life of Moses; POWER AND AUTHORITY UNDER CONTROL. Moses ran for his life out of Egypt right after it was discovered he had killed an Egyptian. He knew the fear of man and the threat of Death hanging over him. He went from being Pharaoh's son, to a nobody in the desert for 40 years. Plenty of time for God to work a serious dose of Humility into Moses heart and attitude. Moses had a Life Changing Encounter with God Almighty at the burning bush. (Like on the road to Emmaus, and the road to Damascus, also Life Changing). No one who ever meets God, walks away as a wimpy doormat. It didn't take Moses long to fully Comprehend and Understand that the Full Power of God rested on his shoulders, along with the Knowledge of exactly how, and when, to use it. He Knew God, and he Knew man. He Knew how Powerful God was, and how fragile man was. He Knew he had the Power and Authority to call fire and ice, frogs, lice, boils, hail, blood, and even death, down on fragile man. Moses actions made him Dr. Death, AND HE KNEW IT. He also Knew God and His Mercy and Grace towards man. Moses Knew Who his Source was AND HE KNEW HOW TO BE OBEDIENT TO THAT SOURCE. Moses Knew he had the Power to wipe out a whole country, and Mercy and Grace wouldn't let him give in to his flesh, self, and old man nature. THAT, is Power and Authority Under Control. THAT is the real definition of "Meekness". Does meekness fit into your life? Grow in Meekness, Grow in Christ, and, Be Blessed.
 

MORNINGTIME 3026

MORNINGTIME 3026
 
NOW KORAH, the son of Izhar, the son of Kohath, the son of Levi, and Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab, and On, the son of Peleth, sons of Reuben, TOOK MEN: AND THEY ROSE UP (AGAINST) MOSES, WITH certain of the children of Israel, TWO HUNDRED AND FIFTY PRINCE'S OF THE ASSEMBLY, FAMOUS in the congregation, MEN OF RENOWN: And they gathered themselves together AGAINST MOSES AND against AARON, and said unto them, Ye take too much upon you, seeing all the congregation are holy, every one of them, and the Lord is among them: wherefore then lift ye up yourselves above the congregation of the Lord? And Moses said, Hereby ye shall know that the Lord hath sent me to do all these works; for I have not done them of mine own mind. But if the Lord make a new thing, and the earth open her mouth, and swallow them up, with all that appertain unto them, and they go down quick into the pit; then ye shall understand that these men have provoked the Lord. AND THE EARTH OPENED HER MOUTH, AND SWALLOWED THEM UP, and their houses, and all the men that appertained unto Korah, and all their goods. They, and all that appertained to them, went down ALIVE INTO THE PIT, AND the earth CLOSED UPON THEM: AND THEY PERISHED from among the congregation. AND there came out a FIRE from the Lord, and CONSUMED THE TWO HUNDRED AND FIFTY MEN that offered incense. Numbers 16:1-3, 28, 30, 32-33, 35. Every time a group of people came against Moses, questioning his Authority, people died. The Lord Himself defended Moses, and no man can stand against that. Today, that same rebellion against God Almighty is going on, and God still hates it. How? "He's not my president, I didn't vote for him. He wouldn't be in office if the Russians didn't help". Also, "He's not my Pastor, that vote that made him Pastor wasn't done legally, he's not God's man". And the like. God, IN HIS MERCY AND GRACE, is being very Patient with these people. Pray for them who speak out against the Pastor that they Repent, and may, Be Blessed.
 

MORNINGTIME 3025

MORNINGTIME 3025
 
By HUMILITY AND the FEAR of the Lord ARE RICHES, and honour, and life. Proverbs 22:4. Let's look at this verse through the eyes of the Richness of our Heavenly Father, Paid For In Full by His Son, Jesus, The Christ, and given to us on a practical level by the Holy Spirit. All of God's wonderful Gifts to us are not for us to lavish on ourselves in spiritual luxury, but to use appropriately and in order, out on the streets of a dead and dying world, to show the world there IS a God Who Loves them, who wants to show them The Way into Heaven, and to Praise, Honour, and Glorify His Son, Jesus, The Christ. The nine Gifts, the nine Fruits, the 5 fold Ministry, and the Whole Armour of God are not to keep to ourselves, but to share with the world, (be careful here), FOR THEM TO SEE GOD LOVES THEM, and for them to want to Love God in return. To willingly, desirously, and wantingly be with Christ for ALL of Eternity. Nobody wants to follow someone that's all mouth and no action, but they will follow Someone Who will meet them where they're at, demonstrate His ability to meet their Needs, and ultimately direct them onto The Path that goes straight into Life Eternal. In the world, a homeless man will listen to someone who gives him a coat, a sandwich, and a warm place to sleep. But when Christ shows a man the Peace that passes understanding, Joy unspeakable, a way to cast off all worldly burdens, and that he is of Great Value to the Lord God Almighty, THAT will bring LIFE to a spiritually dead man, who will now Follow Christ even to, and through, death itself, to come out the other side into Life Eternal. Christ will meet each one of us wherever we're at, whether in prison, or on the streets, in church, or out of church, full or hungry, Christ is not just the Answer, HE IS THE ONLY ANSWER. Believers, share your physical gifts and talents, AND your Spiritual Gifts and Talents with a dead and dying world, that they too may have Life, and, Be Blessed.
 

MORNINGTIME 3024

MORNINGTIME 3024
 
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 6:13-18. But the Fruit of the Spirit is Love, Joy, Peace, Longsuffering, Gentleness, Goodness, Faith, Meekness, Temperance: against such there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23. But the 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, Faith,  Gifts Of Healing, Working Of Miracles, Prophecy,  Discerning Of Spirits; Divers Kinds Of Tongues, and, 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. Yes, we are to strive for all these things to be a Part of our Life, as we Grow in Christ, and CHRISTLIKENESS, as we Run The Race and pass each Milestone on our way, keeping in mind that all these things are to Equip us, and to Prepare us, TO PREACH, TEACH, AND DEMONSTRATE THE GOSPEL TO A DEAD AND DYING WORLD!!! Our Growth is NOT the end game, but merely us Living and Demonstrating Christ to an unbelieving world AND to call out of that world all the lost sheep into the Fold of Christ. No goats will enter Heaven, and NOT ONE of Christ's lost sheep will stay lost, NOT ONE. Imagine, all these Things of Christ being manifested to, and through you, as the Holy Spirit determines, that ALL will, Be Blessed.
 
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