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MORNINGTIME 3325

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For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, TRANSFORMING THEMSELVES INTO THE APOSTLES OF CHRIST. And no marvel; for SATAN HIMSELF IS transformed into AN ANGEL OF LIGHT. Therefore it is no great thing if HIS (Satan's) MINISTERS also be transformed as the ministers OF RIGHTEOUSNESS; whose end shall be according to their (evil) works. 2 Corinthians 11:13-15. Satan LOVES the Bible, he helped write it!!! Well, at least many of these odd ball "new" translations that add a little here and take away a little there from the original writings. Satan doesn't mind giving out a little "truth", and also add in a whole lot of error, if it will keep you satisfied that you're OK doing your religious duty, you know, , doing what's needed to keep the Lord happy? If you want to see what pure worldly Religion looks like, just look at the Scribes and Pharisees of Jesus day, they considered themselves The Carriers of God's Word. They had it right and no one, not even some young upstart preacher called Christ, could tell them otherwise. Satan doesn't fear anyone who reads a little Bible now and then. Do your religious stuff, it's ok with him. But what DOES strike terror into Satan's heart is when you read the Bible, AND START TALKING TO THE AUTHOR TO GET WISDOM, KNOWLEDGE, AND UNDERSTANDING about what He means and what He wants you to do about it. When he sees your Hunger for Christ, he goes into attack mode because now you become a serious threat to him and his activities. A "Godly" Bible version is good, BUT CONTINUAL FELLOWSHIP WITH THE LORD GOD ALMIGHTY IS WHERE GROWTH IN FAITH AND OBEDIENCE IS REALLY AT. Read The Word, yes, but Study the Face of Christ to seek His Will and His Ways. Immerse yourself in Him and His Word, talk to Him, tell Him all about you, and He'll tell you ALL about Himself. Fill yourself with Christ, and they'll be NO room for Satan, or his word, or his ways. Satan is a Defeated Foe, and he can't touch you, unless the Lord allows it. What a Way to, Be Blessed. 

MORNINGTIME 3324

MORNINGTIME 3324 
 
Now therefore hearken, O Israel, unto the Statutes and unto the Judgments, which I teach you, for to do them, that ye may live, and go in and possess the land which the Lord God of your fathers giveth you. YE SHALL NOT ADD unto the word which I command you, NEITHER SHALL YE DIMINISH OUGHT FROM it, that ye may keep THE COMMANDMENTS OF THE LORD your God which I command you. Deuteronomy 4:1-2. 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. For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this Book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the Book of Life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this Book. Revelation 22:17-19. From the Beginning, to the Ending, the Lord has commanded, Don't add or take away any of His Words in the Bible. Why? Let's look at a modern day illustration about this. The man who wrote the Instruction Manuel on EXACTLY how to prepare the Space Shuttle for a Safe Lift Off, knew and wrote exactly what he meant, and would not allow ANY changes to his word. If you add conflicting instructions, or remove some key directives, IT COULD KILL PEOPLE. If you put your Trust in a "corrupted" version of the Bible, it could cost you your life too. Astronaut or Christian, if you read and Trust error, it can kill you. So, space shuttle manual, or Bible, who has The Real Version? Legalism would jump in and say, "XXX Version" is the right one. No, opinions and feelings don't matter here. If you truly want the exact, precise Truth, GO AND TALK TO THE AUTHOR AND FIND OUT EXACTLY WHAT HE MEANT AND WHY HE WROTE IT THAT WAY. if you have a Heart for Christ and His Word, He WILL teach you All Things, and you will, Be Blessed. 

MORNINGTIME 3323

MORNINGTIME 3323 
 
He that walketh in his uprightness FEARETH THE LORD: but he that is perverse in his ways despiseth Him. Proverbs 14:2. The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes. THE FEAR OF THE LORD IS CLEAN, enduring for ever: the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. Psalm 19:7-10. YE THAT FEAR THE LORD, PRAISE HIM; all ye the seed of Jacob, GLORIFY HIM; AND FEAR HIM, all ye the seed of Israel. Psalm 22:23. Oh how GREAT is Thy GOODNESS, which Thou hast laid up FOR THEM THAT FEAR THEE; which Thou hast wrought for them that trust in Thee before the sons of men! Psalm 31:19. Let all the earth FEAR THE LORD: let all the inhabitants of the world STAND IN AWE OF HIM. For He spake, and it was done; He commanded, and it stood fast. Psalm 33:8-9. Behold, the Eye of the Lord is upon THEM THAT FEAR HIM, upon them that hope in His mercy; To deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine. Our soul waiteth for the Lord: He is our help and our shield. For our heart shall rejoice in Him, because we have trusted in His Holy Name. Let Thy mercy, O Lord, be upon us, according as we hope in Thee. Psalm 33:18-22. One definition of "To Fear The Lord", You are so Saturated with the PRESENCE of His Holiness, Righteousness and Purity, in your mind, soul, spirit and body, that you would not dare to turn and run FROM Him, but to run TO Him in Great Fear, Love, Respect and Honour of WHO HE IS. "But I (Christ) will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear Him, which after He hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear Him". Luke 12:5. The more you Fear the Lord, the more you will DESIROUSLY Obey and Honour the Lord. FEAR HIM, and, Be Blessed. 

MORNINGTIME 3322

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A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for Adversity. Proverbs 17:17. If thou faint in the day of Adversity, thy strength is small. Proverbs 24:10. In the day of Prosperity be joyful, but in the day of Adversity, consider: God also hath set the one over against the other, to the end that man should find nothing after him. (Should find no other Source for anything, but the Lord}. Ecclesiastes 7:14. And therefore will the Lord wait, that He may be gracious unto you, and therefore will He be Exalted, that He may have mercy upon you: for the Lord is a God of Judgment: blessed are all they that Wait for Him. For the people shall dwell in Zion at Jerusalem: thou shalt weep no more: He will be very gracious unto thee at the voice of thy cry; when He shall hear it, He will answer thee. And though the Lord give you THE BREAD OF ADVERSITY, AND THE WATER OF AFFLICTION, yet shall not thy teachers be removed (hidden) into a corner any more, but thine eyes shall see thy Teachers: And thine ears shall hear a Word behind thee, saying, This is the Way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left. Isaiah 30:18-21.But now the Lord my God hath given me rest on every side, so that there is neither Adversary nor evil occurr(ing) . 1 Kings 5:4. Be sober, be vigilant; because your Adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the Faith, knowing that the same Afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world. But the God of all Grace, who hath called us unto His Eternal Glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you Perfect, Stablish, Strengthen, Settle you. 1 Peter 5:8-10. Adversity from the Lord, through a Brother, OR through a sinner is designed to Strengthen and Encourage you in your Walk with the Lord.. Either way, use the adversity in your Life, TO GROW IN THE LORD, no matter what, and, Be Blessed. 

MORNINGTIME 3321

MORNINGTIME 3321 
 
But God commendeth His Love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now Justified by His Blood, we shall be saved from Wrath through Him. For if, when we were enemies, WE WERE RECONCILED TO GOD by the death of His Son, much more, being Reconciled, we shall be saved by His Life. Romans 5:8-10. Thayer's Definition "To change, exchange, as coins for others of equivalent value, to reconcile (those who are at variance), return to favour with, be reconciled to one, to receive one into favour". And all things are of God, who hath Reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of Reconciliation; Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye Reconciled to God. 2 Corinthians 5:18,20. Adam sinned and blew it for all mankind. Christ had Paid the Price to bring us back to Fellowship with God. Back into Fellowship with the Lord also means back into Holiness, Righteousness, Purity, and Patience. The Holy Spirit knows how to get us there, but our flesh will very often try to get in the way. When we sin, Conviction should be enough to get us back. If not, then the Lord may use an Adversary to prod us back from stubbornness into willing Compliance. Eventually Knowledge and Understanding make it all clear and the Desire to Obey the Lord becomes Paramount. Reconciliation through Christ is the start, Eternity with Him is the end, and the Lord will use anything He needs to to make that happen, including Adversity and Judgment. Our flesh may put up a fight, but Christ has already Won The Battle. Rejoice, even in Adversity and Tribulation, it's all from the Lord's Hands, and it's all for our GOoD. Praise and Thank the Lord for EVERYTHING in your Life today. It took an Act of God, to accomplish a Work in man, that man would come to God WILLINGLY, to Inherit His Promises and FOREVER, Be Blessed. 

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MORNINGTIME 3320 
 
But if thou shalt indeed obey His Voice, and do all that I speak; then I will be an enemy unto thine enemies, and an adversary unto thine adversaries. Exodus 23:22. (Brown-Driver-Briggs' Definition). Adversary: "To bind, tie up, shut up, to be scant, be cramped, be in straits, to show hostility toward, treat with enmity, vex, harass". O God, how long shall the adversary reproach? shall the enemy blaspheme thy name for ever? Remember this, that the enemy hath reproached, O Lord, and that the foolish people have blasphemed thy name. Forget not the voice of thine enemies: the tumult of those that rise up against thee increaseth continually. Psalm 74:10,18,23. The adversary hath spread out his hand upon all her pleasant things: for she hath seen that the heathen entered into her sanctuary, whom Thou didst command that they should not enter into Thy congregation. Lamentations 1:10. The church of America is no longer Preaching Holiness, and the Fear of the Lord anymore to the congregation. It's (almost) all glitz and glitter. The church no longer stands for what's right and condemns that which is wrong. The Lord is now saying, "If you won't Preach what is Right, I'll show you what life is like, Wrong".  For starters, look at what is happening in politics. One side thinks the other side is crazy. Common sense is going out the window. The Lord is sending an Adversary to poke and prod people to turn them Right, or turn them Wrong, one way or the other, no more fence sitting. No more middle of the road. If America won't willingly call on the Lord during great Prosperity, then He'll send an adversary to poke us in the right direction. That's like a "shot over the bow" warning. If that doesn't work, (and for most people, it won't), then we're heading for full blown Judgment. First on the church, then on America as a whole. TIME IS SHORT, CHRIST IS GETTING HIS PEOPLE READY FOR HIS RETURN. Repent, change your ways, THEN REJOICE, and, Be Blessed. 

MORNINGTIME 3319

MORNINGTIME 3319 
 
Only fear the Lord, and SERVE HIM in truth WITH ALL YOUR HEART: for consider how great things he hath done for you. 1 Samuel 12:24. Lord, thou hast heard the desire of the humble: thou wilt PREPARE THEIR HEART, thou wilt cause thine ear to hear: Psalm 10:17. He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart. Psalm 15:2. Therefore MY HEART IS GLAD, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope. Psalm 16:9. Thou hast given him HIS HEART'S DESIRE, and hast not withholden the request of his lips. Selah. Psalm 21:2.  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. Lord, I have loved the habitation of thy house, and the place where thine honour dwelleth. Psalm 26:1-3,8. Be of good courage, and he shall STRENGTHEN YOUR HEART, all ye that hope in the Lord. Psalm 31:24. The counsel of the Lord standeth for ever, the thoughts of HIS HEART TO ALL GENERATIONS. Psalm 33:11. DELIGHT thyself also in the Lord ; and he shall give thee THE DESIRES OF THINE HEART. Psalm 37:4. I DELIGHT to do THY WILL, O my God: yea, thy law is WITHIN MY HEART. Psalm 40:8. Shall not GOD search this out? for he KNOWETH the secrets of THE HEART. Psalm 44:21. CREATE in me A CLEAN HEART, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Psalm 51:10. My heart is fixed, O God, MY HEART IS FIXED: I will sing and give praise. Psalm 57:7. Trust in him at all times; ye people, POUR OUT YOUR HEART before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah. Psalm 62:8. The righteous shall be glad in the Lord, and shall trust in him; and all THE upright in HEART SHALL GLORY. Psalm 64:10. Do you have a Heart for Christ, that you may, Be Blessed? 

MORNINGTIME 3318

MORNINGTIME 3318 
 
Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. AND FIVE OF THEM WERE WISE, and five were foolish. They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: But THE WISE TOOK OIL IN THEIR VESSELS WITH THEIR LAMPS. While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. And at midnight there was a cry made, BEHOLD, THE BRIDEGROOM COMETH; GO YE OUT TO MEET HIM. Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out. But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves. And while they went to buy, THE BRIDEGROOM CAME; AND THEY THAT WERE READY WENT IN WITH HIM to the marriage: AND THE DOOR WAS SHUT. Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not. WATCH therefore, FOR ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein THE SON OF MAN COMETH. Matthew 25:1-13. This concept AND the Obedience to BE READY is so simple, ALL WISE SHEEP CAN AND WILL, BE READY. Even the youngest, "brandnewest" most inexperienced baby lamb, WILL BE READY. It's ALL about Heart Attitude. And it is this simple. If you have a Heart for Christ, YOU WILL BE HUNGRY FOR HIM AND YOU WILL FEAST ON HIS WORDS, PERIOD. Even the "good" thief on the cross heard the Gospel, the Words of Christ, Repented of his sins, Believed Christ was Who He said He was, died ready, and is now in Heaven with Christ. CHRIST WILL NOT LOSE EVEN ONE OF HIS SHEEP, ALL WILL BE READY AND WILL ENTER IN WHEN THE CALL COMES. Hungry sheep eat. Not hungry "sheep" are just looking around trying to decide if the food looks real, if it looks good enough to nibble on. Much thought, decision making and discussions on proper food placement on the plate. Those who don't Feast on Christ, WON'T, Be Blessed. 

MORNINGTIME 3317

MORNINGTIME 3317 
 
Then shall the Kingdom of Heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. They that were foolish took their lamps, AND TOOK NO OIL WITH THEM: But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. And THE FOOLISH SAID unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for OUR LAMPS ARE GONE OUT. But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves. And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut. Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. But he answered and said, VERILY I SAY UNTO YOU, I KNOW YOU NOT. Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh. Matthew 25:1-13. ALL CHRISTIANS ARE WISE ENOUGH TO READ AND STUDY THE WORD, to gain Wisdom, Knowledge and Understanding of their Lord and Saviour, Jesus, the Christ. All unwise "christians" like the "feel good" part of hanging around the Wise Christians. The unwise only look good on the surface, but their is no commitment underneath. They tag along hoping for scraps, GOoD Preaching, AND THAT'S ALL, they go no further, they do nothing with what they hear. The Wise feast on The Words of The Master at every opportunity. The unwise will get ready, "tomorrow", always "tomorrow", never TODAY. Are you for Real, or just a tag-a-long? Is Christ your EVERYTHING? Or just a nice guy to talk about? If you're Serious about Christ, He'll be Serious about you. If not, He won't. It's easier to Follow Christ than it is to Fight Christ. Seek Him, and He WILL be found. Seek and Find Christ, and you WILL, Be Blessed. 

MORNINGTIME 3316

MORNINGTIME 3316 
 
Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days : WHICH ARE A SHADOW OF THINGS TO COME; but the body is of Christ. Colossians 2:16 -17. Then came the first, saying, Lord, thy pound hath gained ten pounds. And he said unto him, WELL (DONE), THOU GOOD SERVANT: because thou hast been faithful in a very little, HAVE thou AUTHORITY OVER TEN CITIES. Luke 19:16-17. Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents. And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more. His lord said unto him, WELL DONE, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: ENTER thou INTO THE JOY OF THY LORD. Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents. For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have Abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.   Matthew 25:16,20-21, 28-29. These are examples of Serious Exponential Increase. This type of "Heavenly Minded Math" goes from normal math on this side, to a Blessed Math found on the other side of this Life. To the Lord, this is His normal way to Bless those He Loves. But to us still here on this side, it's hard to comprehend. And again, THESE ARE BUT SHADOWS OF THINGS TO COME. This is the side of Blessing. But to those who fight to hate God, His Curse also has an Exponential Increase, and the end result of that is a place called Hell, a place where God Isn't. If you fight to keep God out of your life, He'll Honour that wish and stay out of life there. And the Exponential Increase? Hell's not so bad, it's the Lake of Fire you need to be worried about. To those who will stand before God, Cursed, you will NOT, Be Blessed. 
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