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MORNINGTIME 3247

MORNINGTIME 3247 
 
Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to (Fellow Believers), them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the Righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ: Grace and Peace be multiplied unto you through the Knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, According as His Divine Power hath given unto us ALL THINGS THAT PERTAIN UNTO LIFE AND GODLINESS, through the Knowledge of Him that hath called us to Glory and Virtue: Whereby are given unto us EXCEEDING GREAT AND PRECIOUS PROMISES: that by these ye might be partakers of the Divine Nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. And beside this, giving all Diligence, add to your Faith Virtue; and to Virtue Knowledge; And to Knowledge Temperance; and to Temperance Patience; and to Patience Godliness; And to Godliness Brotherly Kindness; and to Brotherly Kindness Charity (Love). For if these things BE IN YOU, AND ABOUND, they make you that YE SHALL neither BE barren nor unfruitful in the KNOWLEDGE(able) OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST. 2 Peter 1:1-8. Therefore, can it be said that with all these Things going for you, YOU ARE NOW FULLY PREPARED, AND ABLE, TO VICTORIOUSLY HANDLE ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING THAT COMES INTO YOUR LIFE, TODAY??? This is the recipe for CHRISTLIKENESS in the Way of Power and Authority most American "christians" will never go for. This IS Christ IN YOU, and He never fails to walk in Victory. With ALL of Him in you like this, YOU CAN WALK THROUGH THE GATES OF HELL TO "SAVE" A FRIEND, and never be touched by sin. What a Job, what an Opportunity, what a Privilege to Live in Christ and He in you. Today, complain about NOTHING and Live in Victory ALL DAY!!! "Christ", and "defeat" are at totally opposite ends of the "Faith Scale". He has already Provided ALL YOU NEED to handle EVERYTHING that touches your Life, TODAY. Walk in it, Live Victoriously, Praise the Lord for ALL the things that will touch you today, and, you WILL, Be Blessed. 

MORNINGTIME 3246

MORNINGTIME 3246 
 
And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: IT IS HARD FOR THEE TO KICK AGAINST THE PICKS. And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do. Acts 9:5-6. "Pricks; to offer vain and perilous or ruinous resistance". A Prick was an ankle ring with internal nails placed on the ankle of an animal known to kick at his master. The action of a sudden kick would push the internal nails into the ankle causing pain. To stand still or just walk was relatively "painless." For the Christian, the Believer, the Follower of Christ, YOU HAVE ALREADY BEEN TAUGHT AND PREPARED TO VICTORIOUSLY AND OBEDIENTLY COME THROUGH EVERY TRIAL AND CHALLENGE YOU WILL FACE TODAY, WITH PRAISE IN YOUR MOUTH AND THANKSGIVING IN YOUR HEART. The Lord will not put on us more than we are able to handle. And ALL that we face today, WE ARE ABLE TO HANDLE, IN, THROUGH, AND WITH CHRIST, FOLLOWING THE LEADING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT. To not follow His Leading is to "kick against" His Will. And to go against Christ is painful. Again, you have already been taught and trained to handle EVERYTHING that comes into your Life, TODAY. Just Call on Christ in your moment of need.  The Lord has given us every resource we need to Victoriously Triumph OVER every opposition to the Lord's Will. So, will you Praise His Name in all things, TODAY? No, it's not easy, but Christ in you makes it doable. Why do "hard" things touch your Life? To Grow you even more in Christ, that someday, you WILL Praise Him in ALL Things. Again, ALL THINGS. In total Victory over flesh, self, and the old man nature. Over all satanic influences. Over deceptions. Over lies and the world. Walk with Christ, Grow in Him, learn to hear that Still, Small, Voice of the Holy Spirit, even in the "noisiest" situations. LIFE is all about Christ, and in Him, you will, Be Blessed. 

MORNINGTIME 3245

MORNINGTIME 3245 
 
And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him: And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads. And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever. And he said unto me, These sayings are faithful and true: AND THE LORD GOD of the holy prophets SENT HIS ANGEL TO SHEW UNTO HIS SERVANTS THE THINGS WHICH MUST SHORTLY BE DONE. Revelation 22:1-6. Two things here, first, this is a Beautiful picture of Heaven and what awaits a Believer immediately after death. The second is, NOTHING that is going to happen should surprise us, OR scare us, NOTHING. The Lord, in His great Mercy and Grace, has shown us all that is going to happen in the future, and how to prepare for it today. He is giving us time to prepare, and be ready for ALL these things He has shown us. Our viewing the future is meant to be a Blessing to us, AND NOT TO BRING FEAR INTO OUR HEARTS, LIVES, AND SOUL. We have NO reason to fear any of it, and actually, we have no Authority to fear ANYTHING. To Know what's coming and "check off" each event as it comes to pass, is just that much more proof that GOD HAS EVERYTHING UNDER CONTROL, and that it's ALL going to turn out, just as He said. This is meant to comfort THE BELIEVERS. If you are NOT yet a Believer, knowing what the future holds is meant to Encourage you TO the Lord and INTO His Safety and Safekeeping. He'll give you a new Heart of Faith and Obedience so that you will FOREVER, Be Blessed. 

MORNINGTIME 3244

MORNINGTIME 3244 
 
Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding. For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold. She is more precious than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her. Length of days is in her right hand; and in her left hand riches and honour. Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace. She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy is every one that retaineth her. The Lord by wisdom hath founded the earth; by understanding hath he established the heavens. By his knowledge the depths are broken up, and the clouds drop down the dew. My son, let not them depart from thine eyes: keep sound wisdom and discretion: So shall they be life unto thy soul, and grace to thy neck. Then shalt thou walk in thy way safely, and thy foot shall not stumble. Proverbs 3:13-23. There are two ways a question may be asked. The first is, "In all of your busy day to day activities, are you able to find time for the Lord"? The second way is, "In all of your busy day to day activities, are you able to find time for the world"? Your daily activities will reveal your heart's cry, your main interests, your life with, or without, Christ. Take last week for example, all 7 days and divide it into 2 categories. The first is time doing the things of the world. The second is time doing the things of the Lord. You be the judge of how you break this down. What % of your time was really and truly FOR THE LORD? That % is your Heart for the Lord, the rest is your % for man. This all comes under the heading, "Examine Yourself". No one else is looking. Are you Pleasing to the Lord? Does His Wisdom, Knowledge, and Understanding interest you at all? Is Christ your First Love? Your Everything? Your All in All? Are you at least Growing in that direction? To ask for His Wisdom, Knowledge, and Understanding about YOUR Heart's Cry, IS how to, Be Blessed. 

MORNINGTIME 3243

MORNINGTIME 3243 
 
Happy is the man that findeth WISDOM, and the man that getteth UNDERSTANDING. For the merchandise of IT is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold. SHE is more precious than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto HER. Length Of Days is in HER right hand; and in HER left hand Riches and Honour. HER Ways are Ways of Pleasantness, and all HER Paths are Peace. SHE is a Tree of Life to them that lay hold upon HER: and Happy is every one that retaineth HER. The Lord by WISDOM hath founded the earth; by UNDERSTANDING hath He established the heavens. By His KNOWLEDGE of the depths are broken up, and the clouds drop down the dew. My son, let not THEM depart from thine eyes: keep Sound WISDOM and DISCRETION: So shall THEY be Life unto thy soul, and Grace to thy neck. Then shalt thou walk in thy Way safely, and thy foot shall not stumble. Proverbs 3:13-23. Have you ever heard anyone Preach on the subject of Praying for Wisdom, Knowledge and Understanding of the WAYS of the Lord??? Yes, Christ is The Way, but have you ever asked the Lord to give you His Wisdom, Knowledge and Understanding to know ALL about His Way and what that means? Sure, we accept all these things by Faith, but how much Sweeter does His Word become when you grow to understand everything about the Lord that our little 3 pound brains are capable of handling? Have you ever thought of gaining to The Max, to The Full, Everything your mind, soul, spirit and body can contain about the Things of the Lord? It's been said man only uses about 10% of his brain? Is it possible we only use 10% of our "Spirit Power"? (A little grace here please). The point is, how far in Christ can a person go if he pushed on into the Things of Christ with all of his God Given Abilities? Totally Sold Out, no holds barred? Start asking for His Wisdom, Knowledge and Understanding, and see where that leads you even deeper into Christ, to, Be Blessed. 

MORNINGTIME 3242

MORNINGTIME 3242 
 
HE THAT BELIEVETH ON (CHRIST) IS NOT CONDEMNED: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. BUT HE THAT DOETH TRUTH COMETH TO THE LIGHT, THAT HIS DEEDS MAY BE MADE MANIFEST, that they are wrought in God. John 3:18-21. Every person in the world today hates the Light, loves doing dirty deeds in the dark, and is forever Condemned. Every person in the world has a spiritual DNA in them that cried out for Truth. That spiritual DNA actually seeks out Truth and Rejoices every time Truth is heard. For example, you're driving in the car, push the "seek" button on the radio looking for a station, and it stops on a station where you hear 2 or 3 sentences about Christ, before you move on to another station. In that moment, your spirit Rejoices in that brief Truth. BUT YOU DECIDED TO IGNORE THE TRUTH, and will have to answer for each and every time you turned away from the Truth, to listen to untruth. Man's human nature seeks darkness, away from the Truth. But for the man who wants something more than what this world has to offer, his spiritual DNA will lead him, step by faith full step towards more and more Truth until finally, he recognizes Christ is ALL TRUTH. He Repents of his evil deeds of the darkness, REJECT THAT DARKNESS, and runs TO Christ, The Truth, The Life and The Way. Only by Faith that The Truth is The Way, can a man be Saved. That blind Faith is saying, "I don't know Who or What this Truth is, but I want it, and more". Christ is now Recognized as Lord and Saviour, the Spirit Rejoices, and all of Heaven Rejoices, as Christ brings a once lost sheep home into His Fold. This is how Salvation and Repentance work together, that you may, Be Blessed. 

MORNINGTIME 3241

MORNINGTIME 3241 
 
Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water AND OF THE SPIRIT, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit. Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness. If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things? And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but He that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven. That whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved. He that believeth on Him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the Name of the only begotten Son of God. John 3:5-8,11-13,15- 18. Jesus Christ is the ONLY person to ever tell us FIRST HAND KNOWLEDGE about Heaven. Only about 4 other people in the Bible have seen Visions of Heaven. That makes Christ the only One fully qualified to tell us ALL THE TRUTH about His Home. Side note, Christ also claims that no man has ever left earth, gone to Heaven, AND COME BACK to tell what they saw. ALL who claim to do so are LIARS. To reject Christ's offer of Heaven is like being given a lottery ticket, later finding it to be the Big Winner, AND THROWING THE TICKET AWAY BECAUSE YOU DON'T BELIEVE THE PRIZE IS REAL. Christ speaks ONLY Truth, Believe Him and His Words, and, Be Blessed. 

MORNINGTIME 3240

MORNINGTIME 3240 
 
And one of the company said unto him, Master, speak to my brother, THAT HE DIVIDE THE INHERITANCE with me. And (Jesus) said unto him, Man, who made me a judge or a divider over you (and all your worldly possessions)? And (Jesus) said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness, (fraudulency extortion: greediness, greedy desire to have more), for a man's life consisteth not IN THE ABUNDANCE OF THE (physical) THINGS WHICH HE POSSESSETH. And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods (physical things) laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those THINGS be, WHICH THOU HAST PROVIDED? So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God. And he said unto his disciples, Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat; neither for the body, what ye shall put on. And seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind. FOR ALL THESE THINGS do the nations of the world seek after: and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things. BUT RATHER SEEK YE THE KINGDOM OF GOD; and all these things shall be added unto you. FOR WHERE YOUR TREASURE IS, THERE WILL YOUR HEART BE ALSO. Luke 12:13-15, 19-22,29-31,34. A worldly person loves the things of the world because they have no understanding of anything else. Food, clothing, shelter and the like are all they know. And naturally so. And when someone dies, all his Stuff is argued and fought over. When your "rich uncle" dies, will you be heart broken IF HE LEAVES YOU NOTHING? If you go home from work and find everything you own has burned to the ground and gone up in smoke, how quickly before you can lift your hands to Heaven and declare, "I Praise You Lord in all these things, may I Lift up Your Name and You Be Magnified and You, Be Blessed"? 

MORNINGTIME 3239

MORNINGTIME 3239 
 
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. Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord. PRAISE YE THE LORD. Psalm 150:6. Sing unto the Lord; for He hath done excellent things: this is known in all the earth. Cry out and shout, thou inhabitant of Zion: for great is the Holy One of Israel IN THE MIDST OF THEE. Isaiah 12:5-6. So exactly when is the right time to Praise The Lord? ANYTIME, EVERY TIME, ALL THE TIME. We are to Praise The Lord when everything is sunny and coming up roses, and we are to Praise The Lord when we are utterly surrounded by an enemy closing in for the kill. No matter what, we are to PRAISE THE LORD. Why do good things happen to bad people and bad things happen to good people? The question is all wrong, it should read, "Why do things happen to people", period. Now the answer is easy. The Lord uses ALL things to draw the lost unto Salvation, and to grow The Saved even more and deeper into Christ. As we deal with all the physical things going on around us, "good or bad", we are to use them as reasons to Praise The Lord. Therefore EVERYTHING is reason to Praise The Lord because the Lord has control over every thing. Even when man is unjust to man, the Lord still knows it and asks us to Praise Him anyway. If you'll just Trust The Lord in this, you WILL, Be Blessed. 

MORNINGTIME 3238

MORNINGTIME 3238 
 
What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and GO AFTER THAT WHICH IS LOST, UNTIL HE FIND IT? And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, REJOICING. And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, REJOICE WITH ME; for I have found my sheep which was lost. Luke 15:4-6. Have you ever been asleep, or driving in the car, or just walking somewhere, and the Lord gives you an understanding about something you have been thinking on, and you have no pen and paper to quickly write it down? You're stuck in a place where only your memory is available? So when you finally get a pen and paper, you don't remember exactly what it was the Lord showed you? And since the Lord showed you this "thing", you know He'll show you again, so you start to seek for it. You're looking through your Bible, looking for a key word or phrase, checking the Concordance, looking everywhere you can think of just to get back that "thing" the Lord showed you, AND FINALLY YOU FIND IT? That understanding comes flooding back just like the first time the Lord showed you! You call for your husband or your wife, you call your prayer buddy on the phone, YOU GET UP WITH SOMEBODY TO SHARE, LITERALLY, THE GOoD NEWS, AND THEY GET BLESSED TOO!! It's great when these things happen and you find your "Lost Verse". What a Joy. How would it be if you talked with the Lord and asked Him to do this EVERY time you dug into His Word? THAT would be Joy Unspeakable and Full Of Glory. This could so overflow in your Spirit, you'd tell EVERYBODY, share The Word with them at the grocery store, the bank, the church parking lot, EVERYWHERE. What A Way to be used of the Lord to share His Word with a lost and dying world. "I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance". Luke 15:7. WOW, Be Blessed. 
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