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MORNINGTIME 3278

MORNINGTIME 3278 
 
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. And the Lord thy God will put all these curses upon thine enemies, and on them that hate thee, which persecuted thee. And thou shalt return and OBEY the voice of THE LORD, AND DO all HIS COMMANDMENTS which I command thee this day. And the Lord thy God will make thee plenteous in every work of thine hand, in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy land, for good: for the Lord will again rejoice over thee for good, as he rejoiced over thy fathers: If thou shalt HEARKEN UNTO the voice of THE LORD THY GOD, to keep his commandments and his statutes which are written in this book of the law, and if thou turn unto the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul. Deuteronomy 30:6-10. HE THAT BELIEVETH on the Son HATH EVERLASTING LIFE: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him. John 3:36. And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely. Revelation 22:17. Tribulation unto Eternal Death, or, Tribulation unto Eternal Life, it will be one or the other, and the choice is yours. YOUR ETERNITY HANGS ON YOUR REJECTION OF, OR  OBEDIENCE TO, CHRIST. It is that simple. With the Lord is Blessings. Without the Lord is Cursings. The Book of Revelation is all about Great Blessings for His People, and Great Cursings for those who Reject His Precious Son, Jesus, The Christ. The Lord will Keep this who keep Him, and Reject those who Reject Him. And yes, The Bride of Christ is very much Alive and Well, even during Great Tribulation. The Lord knows how to Keep His under all conditions, and in all situations. How can you Fear the Future when CHRIST HOLDS ALL THE FUTURE IN HIS HAND? No Fear, all Faith, Be Blessed. 

MORNINGTIME 3277

MORNINGTIME 3277 
 
Moreover he will bring upon thee all the diseases of Egypt, which thou wast afraid of; and they shall cleave unto thee.  Also every sickness, and every plague, which is not written in the book of this law, them will the Lord bring upon thee, UNTIL THOU BE DESTROYED. And ye shall be left few in number, whereas ye were as the stars of heaven for multitude; because THOU WOULDST NOT OBEY the voice of THE LORD thy God. And it shall come to pass, that as the Lord rejoiced over you to do you good, and to multiply you; so the Lord will rejoice over you TO DESTROY YOU, and to bring you to nought; and ye shall be plucked from off the land whither thou goest to possess it. And the Lord shall scatter thee among all people, from the one end of the earth even unto the other; and there thou shalt serve other gods, which neither thou nor thy fathers have known, even wood and stone. And among these nations shalt thou find no ease, neither shall the sole of thy foot have rest: but the Lord shall give thee there a trembling heart, and failing of eyes, and sorrow of mind: And thy life shall hang in doubt before thee; AND THOU SHALT FEAR DAY AND NIGHT, AND shalt have NONE ASSURANCE OF thy LIFE: Deuteronomy 28:60-66. This is the death and destruction heading for a people PURPOSELY CHOSEN BY THE LORD TO ENTER INTO A GLORIOUS PROMISED LAND, and they refused to Follow and Obey. They decided to walk in Fear and not Trust the Lord and His Word to take them into the Promised Land. The Lord WILL REJECT all who will reject Him. It's been this way throughout all of human history. The time of Great Tribulation at the End of all things is all about the Lord reaching out to people unto Salvation, AND THEY CONTINUALLY KEEP REJECTING HIS EVERY MOVE TO SAVE THEM IN HIS GREAT MERCY AND GRACE. If you don't want God in your life, it'll be a Godless life. If you reject His Blessings, the only thing left is His Cursings. Much of the Book of Revelation is about  people who will not, Be Blessed. 

MORNINGTIME 3276

MORNINGTIME 3276 
 
The first angel sounded, and there followed HAIL AND FIRE mingled with BLOOD, and they were cast upon the earth: and the third part of trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up. So there was HAIL, AND FIRE mingled with the hail, very grievous, such as there was none like it in all the land of Egypt since it became a nation.  And the hail smote (killed) throughout all the land of Egypt ALL that was in the field, both man and beast; and the HAIL smote every herb of the field, and brake every tree of the field. And the third angel poured out his vial upon the rivers and fountains of waters; and they became BLOOD. And the Lord spake unto Moses, Say unto Aaron, Take thy rod, and stretch out thine hand upon the waters of Egypt, upon their streams, upon their rivers, and upon their ponds, and upon all their pools of water, that they may become BLOOD; and that there may be BLOOD throughout all the land of Egypt, both in vessels of wood, and in vessels of stone. These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to BLOOD, and to smite the earth with all PLAGUES, as often as they will. For I will at this time send all my PLAGUES upon thine heart, and upon thy servants, and upon thy people; that thou mayest know that there is none like me in all the earth. Moreover he will bring upon thee all the DISEASES of Egypt, which thou wast afraid of; and they shall cleave unto thee. Also every SICKNESS, and every PLAGUE, which is not written in the book of this law, them will the Lord bring upon thee, until thou be destroyed. And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, AND TO HEAL ALL manner of SICKNESS AND all manner of DISEASE. Which of these verses is Old Testament, New Testament, and Revelation, Disasters? Where is the Keeping Power of the Lord towards His People? Be in NO FEAR, of any of it, Trust Christ, and, Be Blessed. 

MORNINGTIME 3275

MORNINGTIME 3275 
 
Then went the Pharisees, and took counsel how they might ENTANGLE (Christ) IN HIS TALK. And they sent out unto Him their disciples with the Herodians, saying, Master, we know that Thou art True, and teachest the Way of God in Truth, neither carest thou for any man: for thou regardest not the person of men. Tell us therefore, What thinkest thou? Is it lawful to give tribute unto Caesar, or not? But Jesus perceived their wickedness, and said, Why tempt ye me, YE HYPOCRITES? Matthew 22:15-18. Christ IS The Word Of God. That's why The Word, your Bible, is a Living Breathing Document that never changes, but it's fresher than this mornings newspaper. Christ is The Door, The Way, from this world and all its worldliness, into the World of all Spiritual Things. The Book of Proverbs tells us to ask for Wisdom, Knowledge, and Understanding, for She is A Beautiful Thing. And to apply this Wisdom, Knowledge, and Understanding to this world of Spiritual Things is the start to "seeing" things through the Eyes of the Lord, to start to Understand His Heart's Cry, and to Know all the tricks, traps, and troubles of Satan and his plans for Believers. The Lord doesn't want us to be ignorant of the world around us and is more than happy to show His People what's REALLY going on in their everyday lives. It's an Awesome Thing to Know what the enemy, Satan, is up to even before he can get started. To Know his secret plans even before he has time to start implementing them is a wonderful thing, and a huge responsibility. What do you do when you KNOW his plans? You bind them up and cast them aside at every opportunity. And share those plans with others that they too may be kept safe AND Grow in Christ also. Enough about Satan, Christ is where the Real Action is at. He created this world and wants us to Know ALL about it. And to Live in His Word is to Know EVERYTHING He has for you to Know. A World where the Holy Spirit will direct your every step, that you may, Be Blessed. 

MORNINGTIME 3274

MORNINGTIME 3274 
 
Whosoever BELIEVETH that Jesus is the Christ is BORN of God: and every one that LOVETH him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS. For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous. For whatsoever is born of God OVERCOMETH the world: and this is the VICTORY that OVERCOMETH THE WORLD, even our FAITH. Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that BELIEVETH that Jesus is the Son of God? 1 John 5:1-5. This is an example of circular reasoning. If you love, you'll believe, if you believe you'll obey, if you obey you'll overcome, if you overcome you'll love, and around and around it goes, love, believe, obey, overcome, and back to love. Very simple, very precise, AND VERY DEMANDING. If you Believe ANY of this, you'll Believe ALL of this. AND ALL OF THIS WILL BE A GROWING PART INFUSED INTO YOUR 24/7/365 LIFE. Whether you're a brand new baby Christian, or a well seasoned pillar of the church, Love, Obedience, Faith, Overcoming, and Love will all be evident in your Life of Growing in Christ. And the word Believe isn't some cheap one time confession and forgotten, IT'S CHRIST RUNNING RAMPANT THROUGHOUT ALL ASPECTS OF YOUR LIFE. The up front confession of, "I love Jesus" is a good start, but it WILL grow into all aspects of your daily Walk with Christ. As you Love Christ, your hate for others will fall away, you will forgive them, and you will grow to pray for them, NO MATTER HOW BADLY THEY HURT YOU. Yes, some of these things take time, BUT THEY WILL COME TO PASS. Take a week, 7 days, and don't say or speak anything about you being a Christian. During those 7 days will your life reflect Christ to others? Will they see that Christ is truly in you? Or is your "christian walk" nothing BUT words??? What's your weak link in this circular chain of Growing In Love With Christ? Work on it, and, Be Blessed. 

MORNINGTIME 3273

MORNINGTIME 3273 
 
Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, BID TO THE MARRIAGE. SO THOSE SERVANTS went out into the highways, and GATHERED TOGETHER all as many as they found, BOTH BAD AND GOOD: and the wedding was furnished with guests. FOR MANY ARE CALLED, BUT FEW ARE CHOSEN. Matthew 22:9- 10,14. First and foremost, you must understand that every man, woman, and child ever on the face of the earth, HAVE BEEN CALLED to this most Glorious Wedding. It includes ALL peoples from ALL nations, no one has been left out. This Invitation is part of your DNA and you can't sin so badly that your Invitation is withdrawn. You do have your whole lifetime to accept The Invitation, but the moment after you draw your last breath, the Invitation is cancelled. No man knows the day or the hour of his last breath, so today is a a very GOoD day to accept The Invitation. Next step, come in through The Door and put on the Wedding Garment of Righteousness, this is a requirement. Yes, you know you're not worthy and your clothes are as filthy rags, BUT THAT'S OK, your Wedding Garment is such a Perfect Fit that it makes you look Holy, Righteous and Pure in the  Eyes of The King, and that's what's important. You may not see it, but this Garment is actually changing you on the inside, because under this Garment, you really are changing into Holiness, Righteousness, and Purity, all the way through to your very core. (This isn't magic, this is Christ at work inside you, all your old ways, thoughts, and deeds are falling off as you're being given a new Heart full of His Ways, Thoughts, and Deeds). Just say "Yes" to the Invitation, and the King will do ALL the rest, as you rest, ALL in Him. And just so you know, ANYTHING He asks of you to do, He will even Help you do them. Your New Heart will even WANT to do as He asks. You do have a Choice, just say "No" and Outer Darkness with Gnashing of Teeth, will wait for you. BUT CHRIST, Loves you enough to Pay Your Way In,  to Eternally, Be Blessed. 

MORNINGTIME 3272

MORNINGTIME 3272 
 
Then saith He to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy. Go ye therefore into the highways, AND AS MANY AS YE SHALL FIND, BID TO THE MARRIAGE. So those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good: AND THE WEDDING WAS FURNISHED WITH GUESTS. And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment: And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless. Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. For many are called, but few are chosen. Matthew 22:8-14. Earlier in this story, all the special, personally invited guests PURPOSEFULLY REFUSED to come to the Wedding. So the King now calls for ANYONE who will come in AND PUT ON A WEDDING GARMENT as a sign of Respect and Honour for the King. YOU, reader, have also been invited to the Wedding Feast of The Lamb. It matters not if you feel worthy or not, who ever you are and whatever you've done, doesn't matter, YOU'RE INVITED. Just say "Yes" and put on the wedding garment, which shows you have accepted the Kings offer. The Garment will fit you perfectly and you don't have to do a thing to make it fit "better". That Garment is "Righteousness" and it will cover your filthy rags you now have on. No, you didn't ask for or seek out this Wedding Invitation because this Wedding is in a Class way above you're head, and you're right, YOU'RE NOT WORTHY. (Here's where it gets good). THE WEDDING GARMENT, IF YOU WILL BUT SAY YES TO THE INVITATION AND PUT ON THE GARMENT, MAKES YOU WORTHY TO COME TO THE KING'S SON'S WEDDING, and participate in all Events thereafter. You have been FREELY Invited and The Son would Love to have you there. Simply say "Yes", and the King will send you The Address, found in the Bible. Read it, and, Be Blessed. 

MORNINGTIME 3271

MORNINGTIME 3271 
 
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. John 3:16. Consider this, Christ's Love for sinful man is so Great, He died in our place that we may escape eternal damnation, if we would but Follow Him, ON HIS TERMS. And to do that, He has made us VICTORIOUS through Christ, having given us His Holy Spirit to teach us, lead us, and direct our path ALL the day long. Christ will never leave us or forsake us.  He has given us the 5-fold ministry of Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors, and Teachers to Grow us in Christ. He has given us the 9 Gifts of the Holy Spirit, being the Word of Wisdom, the Word of Knowledge, Faith, the Gifts of Healing, the working of Miracles, Prophecy, Discerning of spirits, Divers kinds of Tongues, and Interpretation of Tongues. These Gifts are given by the Holy Spirit as He decides. One, or more to all who ask, all as He decides. And then there are the Fruits of the Spirit. And these are Love, Joy Peace, Longsuffering, Gentleness, Goodness, Faith, Meekness, and Temperance, against such there is no law. Have you noticed, Faith is a Gift AND a Fruit of the Holy Spirit? Does that make it DOUBLY important? As if once wasn’t enough, this one is twice? Growing in CHRISTLIKENESS is a continually Growing event. And with all these things FOR YOU, who and what can be against you? Well yes, the whole world can be against you, BUT CHRIST HAS ALREADY GAINED THE VICTORY OVER THE WORLD AND EVERYTHING IN IT. Therefore, you have NO RIGHT to fear any thing or any one, you have no right to failure, and you have no right to fall for any trap, wile, or way of the enemy. And to be even more clear here, the enemy is Satan, self, flesh, and the old man nature, AND THEY ARE ALL DEFEATED BY CHRIST. All this should be a REAL Encouragement to you. If you will but just Trust Christ and His Word, by Faith, you WILL, Be Blessed. 

MORNINGTIME 3270

MORNINGTIME 3270 
 
Likewise also THE CHIEF PRIESTS MOCKING HIM, with the scribes and elders, SAID, He saved others; himself he cannot save. If he be the King of Israel, LET HIM NOW COME DOWN FROM THE CROSS, AND WE WILL BELIEVE HIM. He trusted in God; let him deliver him now, if he will have him: for he said, I am the Son of God. Matthew 27:41-43. And the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied in Jerusalem greatly; AND A GREAT COMPANY OF THE PRIESTS WERE OBEDIENT TO THE FAITH. Acts 6:7. Here's the difference in Heart Attitude. All of the chief priests knew that no crucified man EVER came back from the dead to live again. They felt very safe in this knowledge and challenged Christ to come back from the dead. "He's a trouble-maker and we're finally going to be rid of him". Death was the End of it all, and Christ was going to die. Our problems are solved. BUT A FEW of the chief priests had been watching Christ and knew of His claims of being the Son of God, also knowing that death was The End, still held out hope that through some miracle, Christ would live again. They knew that Christ had done the Impossible of raising a few people from the dead, but could He raise Himself from the dead also? Their hopes and prayers were answered 3 days later when Christ was seen walking around town looking even better than before He died. Many of these priests went from sarcastic, to Saved, Christ actually Proved He was Who He said He was, AND IN THE FACE OF ALL SATANIC OPPOSITION, THEY BECAME FOLLOWERS OF CHRIST. They saw, and Believed. "Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, AND YET HAVE BELIEVED. And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book: But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have Life through His Name". John 20:29-31. Can you Believe, and, Be Blessed? 
 

MORNINGTIME 3269

MORNINGTIME 3269 
 
Verily, verily, I (Christ) say unto you, If a man keep My Saying, HE SHALL NEVER SEE DEATH. John 8:51. Every man, woman and child ever born have all received God's Greatest Gift to mankind. That Gift is physical Life, the body being "Alive". At some point in time, Life in the body will stop and the body  soon return to dust. That's physical Life, and then physical death. Before Life you knew nothing, and after death you will still know nothing in PHYSICAL death. But to all who have received the Gift of Physical Life, NOW there is an immediate need for Spiritual Life. And that can only be given by Christ and received by a man who understands that there actually is a Life GREATER than just physical life. There is a Spiritual World out there and it is an area where both God and Satan do their best work. Satan doesn't want anyone to know about this Spiritual Life because that Knowledge could potentially grow into seeing the need for Salvation with Christ fully in charge of your Spiritual Life leading you into Salvation. That Salvation now opens the door to Fully Understanding how to totally and completely Live your Gift of Physical Life to the absolute Fullest possible, KNOWING THAT WHEN THE PHYSICAL LIFE ENDS, THE SPIRITUAL LIFE SEAMLESSLY CONTINUES INTO LIFE WITH HIM FOREVER IN A PLACE CALLED HEAVEN. When Christ says a man "shall never see death", He's talking about the Living Death of eternally dying in a place called Hell. Your spirit will NEVER die. It will either forever be Alive with Christ, or forever be Alive in Hell SUFFERING death, but never fully dying. Sin will send you to Hell. Forgiveness OF THOSE SINS through Christ will send you to Heaven, when the physical body dies. Christ will show you your sins, your need for Repentance unto Salvation, Forgiveness and a Growing Knowledge of His Holiness in you, and for you. Satan wants to keep you ignorant of all this and by default, only Hell and the Living Death awaits you. SEEK CHRIST, BE SAVED, and, Be Blessed. 
 
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