MORNINGTIME DEVOTIONS

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MORNINGTIME 3298

MORNINGTIME 3298 
 
For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, ye are God's building. According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon. For OTHER FOUNDATION can no man lay than that is laid, WHICH IS JESUS CHRIST. Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, (or) wood, hay, stubble; Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is. If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire. 1 Corinthians 3:9-15. Christ is the Rock, the Foundation upon which the Church is built. His Word, His Laws, Rules, Concepts, and Regulations are all as He has Designed it. Christ is Building the Church BY HIS DESIGN, and there will be NO deviation from it. What a Privilege it is to be invited to build a small part of the church IN OBEDIENCE to the Design of the Master Builder. At the End of all things, when the Fire of the Holiness of God Almighty rolls through, everything made of wood, hay, and stubble shall be burnt up, as if you had never worked on it. But all those things in this Life that you did in Obedience to the Master Plan, all made of Gold, Silver, and Precious Stones, shall Stand when that Holy Fire rolls through. Your Reward will be based on every single decision of Obedience to the Holy Spirit you made. Look at the small picture, how many "things" did you do yesterday as the Holy Spirit directed you to do, and how many did you NOT do in Obedience? The GOoD News? YOU, will survive, your Salvation is solid. But your disobedience’s will not. They were a waste of time, they will POOF, be gone in an instant. LEARN to Obey, Grow in Christ, and, Be Blessed. 

MORNINGTIME 3297

MORNINGTIME 3297 
 
If any be blameless... not accused of riot or unruly. For a {Christian) must be blameless, as the steward of God; not selfwilled, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy lucre; But a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate; Holding fast the faithful Word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the (unbelievers). Titus 1:6-9. Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are. 1 Corinthians 3:16-17. We must understand the "office" of Christian and who we are in Christ, before we can understand a "higher" office in the church. In the beginning, you were a "gainsayer", an unbeliever, one who sinned against God everyday. The Holy Spirit came to show you the truth about you, compared to The Truth of Christ. At that moment, you had to throw down and silence the "gainsaying" of your flesh, self, and old man nature, and by Faith, accept the reality of your need for Christ. As Priest of your Holy Temple, you had to silence and cast out your own unbelief, and by Faith, follow the Higher Authority of Christ. You had to see The Truth, as the Holy Spirit gave it to you, and apply it to your own life. My point? (and please read carefully), you had to convince your Self of your need for Christ, and now, as a Christian,  YOU ARE NOW QUALIFIED TO CONVINCE OTHERS OF THEIR NEED FOR CHRIST. As the Bishop of your own temple, you are now qualified to go forth (in the Power of the Holy Spirit) to Preach, Teach, and convince others of their need for Christ. Your flock of first you, may soon grow to include family, friends, and neighbors. Maybe you're not a "Church Bishop", but you are the Bishop in your own Temple. Just like a real Bishop, GO SHARE CHRIST WITH A LOST AND DYING WORLD, that ALL may come to Know Christ, and, Be Blessed. 

MORNINGTIME 3296

MORNINGTIME 3296 
 
The face of the Lord is against them that do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth. (Therefor ALL men are sinners, therefore ALL men will die and go to Hell).(But) The righteous (to be saved, lost sheep sinners) cry, (unto the Lord with Repentance unto Salvation) and the Lord heareth, and delivereth them out of (lostness and) all their (worldly sinner condemnation) troubles. The Lord is nigh unto them that are (lost and) of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit. Many are the afflictions of the (now Saved) righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all (as they learn to Walk with Christ and Grow into CHRISTLIKENESS). Psalm 34:16-19. With a little understanding added in, you have just read an Old Testament description of "How to be Saved". This Book we call the Bible is also called The Him Book, because it's ALL about Him, all about Christ. The Old Testament is Christ concealed, and the New Testament is Christ revealed. In the Old Testament, Christ is just below the surface, BUT VERY EASY TO FIND IF ONE CHOOSES TO SEEK HIM OUT, HE WILL BE FOUND. The Old Testament is just as Fresh and Revealing as this morning's sunrise. It's up to the second on showing you where you were, where you are, and where you're going, in both "Ways" of Life. It will show you your life as a sinner and the eternal results, it will show you your Life as a Saved sheep and the eternal results, and it will show you The Bridge, Christ, Who can cross you over from the life of death and destruction, to the Life of Christ and Resurrection. Two parallel life pathways, like railroad tracks, with Christ in the middle as The Way from one to the other. Don't believe ANYONE who tries to tell you the Old Testament is over and has no relevance to life today. THEY DON'T KNOW CHRIST AND THEY DON'T KNOW HIS WORD, because He Is The Word and He wrote the whole Bible, both Old AND New, Testaments. Read ALL about Him, and, Be Blessed. 
 

MORNINGTIME 3295

MORNINGTIME 3295 
 
And the Lord thy God will circumcise thine heart, and the heart of thy seed, to love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, that thou mayest live. Deuteronomy 30:6. But the word is very nigh unto thee, in thy mouth, and in thy heart, that thou mayest do it. Deuteronomy 30:14. My defence is of God, which saveth the upright in heart. Psalm 7:10. I will praise thee, O Lord, with my whole heart; I will shew forth all thy marvellous works. Psalm 9:1. But I have trusted in thy mercy; my heart shall rejoice in thy salvation. I will sing unto the Lord, because he hath dealt bountifully with me. Psalm 13:5-6. Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope. Psalm 16:9. The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes. Psalm 19:8. The meek shall eat and be satisfied: they shall praise the Lord that seek him: your heart shall live for ever. Psalm 22:26. Judge me, O Lord ; for I have walked in mine integrity: I have trusted also in the Lord; therefore I shall not slide. Examine me, O Lord, and prove me; try my reins and my heart. For thy lovingkindness is before mine eyes: and I have walked in thy truth. Psalm 26:1-3. Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident. Psalm 27:3. The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him. The Lord is their strength, and he is the saving strength of his anointed. Psalm 28:7-8. Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the Lord. Psalm 31:24. Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart. Psalm 32:11. The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart... Psalm 34:18. With a Heart for Christ, you'll forever, Be Blessed. 

MORNINGTIME 3294

MORNINGTIME 3294 
 
He that is of a PROUD HEART stirreth up STRIFE: but he that putteth his trust in the Lord shall be made fat. He that TRUSTETH in HIS own HEART IS A FOOL: but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered. Proverbs 28:25-26. For the WICKED boasteth of his HEART'S DESIRE, and blesseth the covetous, whom the Lord abhorreth. Psalm 10:3. They speak vanity every one with his neighbour: with FLATTERING LIPS and with a DOUBLE (Your deep down real heart) HEART do they speak. The Lord shall cut off all flattering lips, and the tongue that speaketh proud things: Psalm 12:2-3. The FOOL hath said in his HEART, THERE IS NO GOD. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good. Psalm 14:1. The transgression of the WICKED saith within my HEART, that there is NO FEAR OF GOD before his eyes. Psalm 36:1. The WICKED have drawn out the sword, and have bent their bow, to CAST DOWN THE POOR and needy, and to slay such as be of upright conversation. Their sword shall enter into their own HEART, and their bows shall BE BROKEN. Psalm 37:14-15. For innumerable evils have compassed me about: mine iniquities have taken hold upon me, so that I am not able to look up; they are more than the hairs of mine head: therefore MY HEART FAILETH ME. Psalm 40:12. And if he come to see me, he speaketh vanity: HIS HEART GATHERETH INIQUITY to itself; when he goeth abroad, he telleth it. Psalm 41:6. The FOOL hath said in his HEART, THERE IS NO GOD. Corrupt are they, and have done abominable iniquity: there is none that doeth good. Psalm 53:1. The words of his mouth were smoother than butter, but WAR was IN his HEART: his words were softer than oil, yet were they drawn swords. Psalm 55:21. Yea, in HEART ye work WICKEDNESS; ye weigh the violence of your hands in the earth. Psalm 58:2. If I regard INIQUITY in my heart, THE LORD WILL NOT HEAR ME: Psalm 66:18. Reproach hath BROKEN my HEART; and I am full of HEAVINESS: Psalm 69:20. Without Christ this is your Heart. No, Be Blessed. 

MORNINGTIME 3293

MORNINGTIME 3293 
 
Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God. For sin shall not have dominion over you: FOR YE ARE NOT UNDER THE LAW, BUT UNDER GRACE. What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid. Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness. Romans 6:12-18. Here's an example of living under the law, and living under Grace. Back in the Old Testament, you were to obey your parents in all they asked you to do. When you turned 18 years of age, if your parents decided that you were a rebellious son that did not obey them, they could take you to the city gate, tell everyone there that you were a disobedient, rebellious son, AND HAVE YOU STONED DEAD, ON THE SPOT. End of problem. Today, the Lord still hates Rebellion in children AND adults, but no more stoning. He WILL Judge you Righteously, someday, but not necessarily today.  In fact, you may even start to believe that you're not a sinner because God hadn't Judged you, or killed you. Don't be fooled, the Lord won't be mocked. He's just giving you more time to get things Right with Him. The Great White Throne Judgment will be here soon enough, for ALL to be Righteously Judged. TODAY IS THE DAY OF SALVATION. You may not have tomorrow available. Don't die in your sins and totally miss out on God's Wonderful Mercy and Grace. Don't assume things that are not yours to assume. Be Saved, and, Be Blessed. 

MORNINGTIME 3292

MORNINGTIME 3292 
 
NOW if we be dead with Christ, we believe that WE SHALL ALSO LIVE WITH HIM: Knowing that CHRIST being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him. For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he LIVETH UNTO GOD. Likewise RECKON YE ALSO yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but ALIVE UNTO GOD THROUGH JESUS CHRIST our Lord. Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but YIELD YOURSELVES UNTO GOD, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members AS INSTRUMENTS OF RIGHTEOUSNESS unto God. For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but UNDER GRACE. Romans 6:8-14. ALL Believers not only want to Be LIKE Christ, they are Desirously Willing to have Christ so Grow in them that as He Grows, that person's self, flesh, and old man nature are being shoved out of the way to make more room for Christ. The thief on the cross wanted to be like Christ. The Apostle Paul wanted to be like Christ, and both men died, In Christ. Yes, Paul had more time on this side to "physically" and Spiritually Grow into CHRISTLIKENESS, but in the end, both men are now fully Like Christ. Here's my point. Use every day that you're alive here on earth to Grow in Obedience to the Leading of the Holy Spirit, as He Grows you into Christ Likeness to the degree the Lord has designed for you before He calls you Home. We each Grow to different "amounts" on this side, and will end up Perfectly In Christ on the other. Don't compare your Walk with Christ to anyone here on earth, just set your eyes and goals on Christ, and let Him work out the details. And in your Walk, if you fall down, get back up, brush off, and keep Growing into CHRISTLIKENESS, one day at a time, one Obedience at a time, until all you see is Christ. Even those around you will see Christ In You, as you and they both will, Be Blessed. 

MORNINGTIME 3291

MORNINGTIME 3291 
 
This is a true saying, IF A MAN DESIRE the office of a bishop, he desireth A GOOD WORK. For they that have used the office of a deacon well purchase to themselves A GOOD DEGREE, AND GREAT BOLDNESS IN THE FAITH which is in Christ Jesus. But if I tarry long, THAT THOU mayest know how thou OUGHTEST TO BEHAVE thyself IN the house of God, which is THE CHURCH of the living God, the pillar AND ground of the TRUTH. 1 Timothy 3:1,13,15. Take a minute and re-read all of 1 Timothy chapter 3, and read it as an illustration of not a deacon or elder, but as a Christian. The intent here is not to see the office and position of deacon and elder, but to take all the GOoD Qualities called for here, and apply them to your Life, AS A CHRISTIAN. From this perspective, both men and women can attain to the Office, the Position, the Life and Lifestyle OF CHRIST AND CHRISTLIKENESS. NO Believer, NO Follower of Christ will be left out of The Call to Grow in CHRISTLIKENESS. Isn't the Desire to Grow in the Things of the Lord, His Qualities, and His Attributes, all Things we're all supposed to Desire in Life anyway? This chapter is one place of many that "list" the Attributes of a Christian. In the 5 fold ministries of Apostle, Evangelist, Prophet, Pastor and Teacher, don't look at the Office or Position of men, look at the Attributes OF CHRIST called for to just be known AS A CHRISTIAN. The Qualities of Holy, Righteous, and Pure are all IN CHRIST, therefore, they are to be IN CHRISTIANS. and yes, as we get closer to the End of all things and the Return of Christ, ALL CHRISTIANS WILL HAVE THE ATTRIBUTES OF CHRISTLIKENESS, from the youngest of lambs, to the oldest of mature sheep. Paul was Saved, the thief on the cross was Saved, 2 levels of Maturity, but BOTH WERE SAVED. Both spent the rest of their Lives Growing in Christ. The importance of your POSITION IN the Body of Christ is not as important as BEING in the Body of Christ. Consider CHRISTLIKENESS, and, Be Blessed. 

MORNINGTIME 3290

MORNINGTIME 3290 
 
This is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work. A bishop then must be BLAMELESS , the husband of one wife, VIGILANT, SOBER, of GOOD BEHAVIOR, given to HOSPITALITY, apt to TEACH; NOT given to WINE, no STRIKER, NOT GREEDY of filthy lucre; BUT PATIENT, not a brawler, not covetous; One that RULETH WELL his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity; (FOR IF A MAN KNOW NOT HOW TO RULE HIS OWN HOUSE, HOW SHALL HE TAKE CARE OF THE CHURCH OF GOD?) Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil. Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil. Likewise must the deacons be grave, not doubletongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre; HOLDING THE MYSTERY OF THE FAITH IN A PURE CONSCIENCE. And let these also first be proved; then let them use the office of a deacon, being found blameless. Even so must their wives be grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things. Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well. For they that have used the office of a deacon well purchase to themselves a good degree, and great boldness in the Faith which is in Christ Jesus. 1 Timothy 3:1-13. Righteous Judgment is starting to fall on "the church" in America. That's ALL churches, all denominations, all faiths, all religions across the spectrum, no one gets a free pass. The cheats, hirelings, and false any bodies will fall by the wayside in prominent heaps. Satan's church will fill with these cast- offs. And the Pure, Persecuted, Prosecuted, and even Martyred Believers, the Followers of Christ look like the above verses. Everyone will Know, and Inhabit their Rightful Place in the Body of Chris. No, not all will be deacons and elders, but the men and women of the Bride of Christ WILL LIVE AT THE DEACON AND ELDER LEVEL in and through Christ, and they WILL, Be Blessed. 

MORNINGTIME 3289

MORNINGTIME 3289 
 
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. He taught me also, and said unto me, Let thine heart retain my words: keep my commandments, and live. GET WISDOM, GET UNDERSTANDING: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth. Forsake HER not, and SHE shall preserve thee: love HER, and SHE shall keep thee. WISDOM is the principal thing; therefore get WISDOM: and with all thy getting get UNDERSTANDING. EXALT HER, and SHE shall promote thee: SHE shall bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace HER. SHE shall give to thine head an ornament of grace: a crown of glory shall SHE deliver to thee. Hear, O my son, and receive my sayings; and the years of thy life shall be many. I have taught thee in the way of WISDOM; I have led thee in RIGHT PATHS. Take fast hold of INSTRUCTION; let HER not go: KEEP HER; for SHE is thy LIFE. Proverbs 4:4-11,13. Is it too soon to again ask for Wisdom, Knowledge, and Understanding? Is it too soon to receive Life? Is it too soon to receive all these benefits of Life, and Life More Abundantly? Christ IS Life. Is it EVER too soon to, Be Blessed? 
 
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